The darling dogma of bourgeois Europeanists

Speaker: Professor Alexander Somek

Date: 11th December 2013

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Venue: D112, Social Sciences Building

We are excited to announce that Professor Somek will join us in December for an extraordinary seminar on ‘The darling dogma of bourgeois Europeanists’.

The presentation will examine the belief that national democracies are inherently deficient on democratic grounds since they affect people across their own borders without offering them a voice in the domestic political process. Supranational institutions are supposed to address this problem. The presentation will explain, first, that this belief can be given two different readings: one is liberal, the other democratic. Second, it will argue that making sense of this belief requires transforming it into a principle of cosmopolitan citizenship that draws in the idea of virtual representation. The current European Union would look differently if it were to abide by this principle.

Professor Alexander Somek

Professor Alexander Somek

Alexander Somek is the Charles E. Floete Chair at the University of Iowa College of Law. Between September 2012 until June 2013, he was a Law and Public Policy Fellow in the LAPA Program and Visiting Professor at Princeton University. From October 2007 to July 2008, he was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Study Berlin). Before joining the Iowa Faculty in 2003, Alexander Somek held the position of Associate Professor on the Faculty of Law of the University of Vienna. His major areas of research are European Union Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Public International Law, and Jurisprudence. Over the last few years, Professor Somek’s work has concentrated on the transformation of elementary constitutional ideas in the context of transnational governance structures. He is the author of a number of books and numerous articles.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.

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