Dies Natalis 18 October 2019

Democrazy?

Framing, fact-free arguments and populism are resulting in new engagement, and the political debate is flourishing on social media. We have become involved again! But this involvement comes at a price. Algorithms influence our opinions, and scientific research is consciously ignored. An overabundance of political parties threatens the effectiveness of government. And populists do not believe in compromises or they rely on the frustration of the masses for the growth. Can science help restore nuance to democracy?

Dies Natalis Lecture by Catherine de Vries, Professor of Political Behaviour in Europe at VU Amsterdam. The 2019 Dies Natalis celebration will revolve around the university’s profile theme of Governance for Society.

Programme:

3.00 pm
Opening speech by Rector Magnificus Vinod Subramaniam

Dies Natalis Lecture by Catherine de Vries, Professor of Political Behaviour in Europe. 'The rise of challenger parties and the future of democracy in Europe'

Performance by Pep Rosenfeld of Boom Chicago

Round table discussion on fact-free politics led by Yvonne Zunderop, featuring researchers Sanne Kruikemeier (UvA) and Antske Fokkens (VU) from the recently launched Amsterdam Young Academy
4.30 pmReception

Catherine de Vries
Catherine de Vries
Pep Rosenfeld
Pep Rosenfeld
Sanne Kruikemeier
Sanne Kruikemeier
Antske Fokkens
Antske Fokkens

All professors are invited to take part in the procession. Please be in the foyer no later than 15 minutes before the start of the programme. It would be greatly appreciated if you would wear your university gown.

The Dies Natalis 2019 takes place in the Aula of the main building.
The programme is in English.