With liberal democracies under unprecedented strain, the podcast, Democracy in Question, hosted by Central European University (CEU) President and Rector, Shalini Randeria, launches its third season. In each episode, Randeria invites a leading scholar or public figure to explore the challenges and dilemmas facing democracies around the world. Listen to the trailer and subscribe here.
The newest episode, “Voting Rights in the U.S.: Is There a Way Forward?” released today, International Day of Democracy, features special guest, Stacey Abrams. One of the most important voices in the fight for democratic rights in the United States, Abrams is a U.S. politician and activist, whose campaign for protecting voting rights and resisting disenfranchisement of black and other minority voters has been central in pushing back against voter restriction. In this episode, Randeria explores with Abrams the organizational and political issues around voting rights, democracy and demography.
American-born Indian social anthropologist/sociologist Shalini Randeria has had a distinguished academic career at institutions of higher education across Europe. She was Rector of the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna and Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, where she was also Director of the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy. She holds the Excellence Chair at the University of Bremen, where she leads a research group on “soft authoritarianisms”.
She was educated at the Universities of Delhi, Heidelberg and Oxford, where she belonged to the first cohort of women Rhodes Scholars. She received her PhD and her Habilitation from the Free University of Berlin. She has held faculty positions at the Free University, Berlin; the University of Munich and University of Zurich, where she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Co-Director of the Gender Studies Competence Centre. She was Founding Chair of CEU’s Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology in Budapest.
Series three of Democracy in Question is produced in partnership with the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy at the Graduate Institute in Geneva (AHCD) where Randeria is a Senior Fellow.