Democratic Citizenship and Community-based Participatory Research (Second of Three Seminars in the Populism and Religion Series) - Annalisa Caputo
Our research project aims to investigate the idea of ‘democratic citizenship’. First, what is meant by ‘democratic citizenship’? What is democratic citizenship education? What does it mean to educate for democratic citizenship? In democratic citizenship education, are citizens seen only as ‘objects’, that is to say, only as ‘learners’? And from our perspective, are citizens only considered ‘objects’ for academic research? If not, how can citizens really be seen as producers of knowledge? Are all of us producers of knowledge? Is it possible also to include subjects normally considered marginal, for instance, children, people with intellectual disabilities, prisoners and foreigners? If so, how? And if not, is the implication that democratic citizenship is not for everyone?
Annalisa Caputo is Associate Professor in Philosophical Hermeneutics at the University of Bari (Italy), with qualification as Full Professor in Theoretical Philosophy. Since 2004 she has been in charge of a course in Languages of Philosophy at the University of Bari, and since 2016 in charge of a course in Teaching Philosophy. She is also Visiting Professor of Philosophical Anthropology at the School of Theology of Apulia. Caputo is founder and Editor in Chief of Logoi.ph—Journal of Philosophy. She is principal investigator of the interdisciplinary research project An ABC of Democratic Citizenship. Community-Based Participatory Research through Sciences & Humanities.
About the Seminar Series
The seminar series on populism and religion focuses on theoretical, philosophical and theological dimensions of populism. Certain conceptions of politics – including political community, political processes and political decision-making – characterize typical formulations of populist thought. A fundamental conviction of this seminar series is that we must investigate these very conceptions if we want to engage in dialogue that goes beyond plain-sense descriptions or explanations of certain facts, and which deeply addresses questions about how society is – and ought to be – organized. Descriptive language and references to facts cannot by themselves account for all the questions posed by society, let alone provide the answers.
We welcome to our seminars a range of intellectually interested parties, including senior and junior scholars, doctoral students, and beginners. In order to reach the broadest possible audience, the default language of our seminars is English, but occasional seminars may be hosted in Danish, French, German, Norwegian, or Swedish.