Videos from our events


Populism, Nationalism, and the Future of Democracy


In the third keynote lecture of the Hirschman Centre's annual conference on 8 December 2017, the sociologist Craig Calhoun, President of the Berggruen Institute, argues that populism reflects a failure of social integration: it challenges liberal democracy from within but may also enable its reshaping.


Democratic Degeneration


In the second keynote lecture of the Hirschman Centre's annual conference, the philosopher Charles Taylor, Emeritus Professor at McGill University, reflects on three key contemporary threats to democracy: concentration of elite power, nativist exclusion, and majoritarianism.


The Public and the Demos: Paradoxes of Enlightenment


Sheila Jasanoff, pioneer in science and technology studies and Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School, delivered the opening lecture of the Hirschman Centre's annual conference. Exploring how to remake a democratic polity, she emphasises the need of a new imagination of the public sphere that accommodates diversity without disintegration.


Jyoti Sanghera


Dying to live: A Tragedy of Democratic Governance
Jyoti Sanghera is the Chief of the Asia Pacific at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. She holds a Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley and has worked on human rights protection issues of women, migrants and other discriminated groups in conflict and post conflict situations for the past three decades.


From Ottoman to post-modern. Public spaces as a metaphor of Modern Greek History


In a special event organised with the Fondation Braillard during the Democracy Week and the Fortnight of Urbanism, Georges Prevalakis, Professor of Geography and Planning at the Sorbonne (Université Paris 1) discusses the transformation of public space in Greece in a historical and geopolitical perspective.


Engaging in Democracy: Four Indian students tell their experience at the Hirschman Centre


During the Democracy Week promoted by the Geneva State Chancellery we have invited four Indian students to engage in a dialogue on democratic engagement. They have told us about their active engagement in India, which is very inspiring for us...


Kaushik Basu

Economics and Democracy in the Age of Globalisation
Kaushik Basu,  C. Marks Professor and Professor of Economics at Cornell University, New York, Former Chief Economist and Sr. Vice President of the World Bank, discusses the challenges to democracy grounded in the global economy but also rooted in politics and society, in a lecture organized by the Graduate Institute's Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy


Arjun Appadurai

The Global Swing to the Right
Arjun Appadurai, Goddard Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, examines the factors behind the recent global rise of authoritarian populists leaders and movements in an event organized by the Graduate Institute's Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy.


Stephen Holmes

Stephen Holmes, Professor of Law at New York University, speaking on 9 March 2017 at the launch of the Graduate Institute’s Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy.