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Call for papers: Democracy in Transition conference, Melbourne, 6-8 December, 2015

Call for papers

Screenshot 2015-05-25 15.08.32The Melbourne School of Government encourages you to submit an abstract, for its second biennial conference, to be held in Melbourne, Australia.

This conference has four broad themes:

  1. Twenty-first century challenges for liberal democracy
  2. Innovative approaches to these challenges
  3. The complex inter-connections between (violent) conflict and democracy
  4. Current debates around illiberal and radical democracy.

A forum for high-quality dialogue and debate

This two day conference will encourage dialogue between policy-makers, practitioners and academics from a wide variety of backgrounds. The format will include plenary sessions with keynote speakers on the major themes, followed by panel sessions with research/issues papers presented. Conference papers will be published in an edited collection.

Keynote speakers

  • Professor Mukulika Banerjee, London School of Economics
  • Hon. John Brumby, Former State Premier, Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow
  • Professor Lisa Wedeen, University of Chicago
  • Professor Patrick Deneen, University of Notre Dame, USA
  • Hon. Maxine McKew, Former Federal MP, Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow
  • Professor John Keane, Sydney Democracy Network
  • Mr Sam McLean, National Director, Get Up!
  • Professor Helen Sullivan, Director Melbourne School of Government

Conference program

Download the preliminary conference program [PDF, 159 KB]

Submissions for proposals

  • Proposals should be no longer than 300 words
  • Please indicate your choice of panel session, based on the indicative program
  • Deadline for submissions: 30 June, 2015
  • Submit proposal


The MSoG has limited discretionary funding to support successful presenters, whose home institutions/work places are unable to provide funding.


Please address all queries to Ms Claire Tanner (Conference Coordinator, MSoG) at

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