Focusing on the central concerns of a global research on democratic innovation, our inquiry examines the conditions for inclusive and egalitarian deliberations and the emergence of collective intelligence. The purpose is to deepen understanding of epistemic and civic benefits of assemblies, the role of emotions and collective affects, as well as the place of conflict and dissensus in the deliberative processes.
In addition, project investigates the forms of assemblies and the relation between the spaces, architectures, choreographies, (in)formal interactions and the knowledge and effects they produce.
Currently, we commissioned researchers to study real-life contemporary cases that are unprecedented in terms of scale: French nationwide experiments, the National Great Debate and the Citizens’ Convention for the Climate, in a comparative perspective with the Irish Citizens’ Assembly. More research assignments will be added alongside the development of the project.