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Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 July 2022

James Tully
University of Victoria, British Columbia
Keith Cherry
University of Alberta
Fonna Forman
University of California, San Diego
Jeanne Morefield
University of Oxford
Joshua Nichols
McGill University, Montréal
Pablo Ouziel
University of Southampton
David Owen
University of Southampton
Oliver Schmidtke
University of Victoria, British Columbia


Democratic Multiplicity
Perceiving, Enacting, and Integrating Democratic Diversity
, pp. x - xvi
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022
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  • John Borrows BA, MA, JD, LLM (Toronto), PhD (Osgoode Hall Law School), LLD (Hons, Dalhousie, York, SFU, Queen’s & Law Society of Ontario), DHL (Toronto), FRSC, OC, is the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School in British Columbia. His publications include Recovering Canada: The Resurgence of Indigenous Law (Donald Smiley Award best book in Canadian Political Science, 2002), Canada’s Indigenous Constitution (Canadian Law and Society Best Book Award, 2011), Drawing Out Law: A Spirit’s Guide (2010), Freedom and Indigenous Constitutionalism (Donald Smiley Award for Best Book in Canadian Political Science, 2016), The Right Relationship (with Michael Coyle, ed., 2017), Resurgence and Reconciliation (with Michael Asch and Jim Tully, eds., 2018), and Law’s Indigenous Ethics (2020 Best Subsequent Book Award from Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, 2020 W. Wes Pue Best Book Award from the Canadian Law and Society Association). He is the 2017 Killam Prize Winner in Social Sciences, the 2019 Molson Prize Winner from the Canada Council for the Arts, the recipient of the 2020 Governor General’s Innovation Award, and the 2021 Canadian Bar Association President’s Award Winner. He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2020. John is a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation in Ontario, Canada.

  • Robin Celikates is Professor of Social Philosophy at Free University Berlin and codirector of the Center for Humanities and Social Change Berlin. His work mainly focuses on critical theory, civil disobedience, democracy, and migration. Among his publications are Critique as Social Practice (2018) and Analyzing Ideology (coedited with Sally Haslanger and Jason Stanley, forthcoming). He is an editor of the journal Critical Times: Interventions in Global Critical Theory and directs the interdisciplinary research project Transforming Solidarities.

  • Keith Cherry is an academic and activist living on unceded Lekwungen territories. Keith is currently a Killam postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta, a graduate fellow at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta’s Center for Constitutional Studies, and a fellow at the Cedar Trees Institute. Keith’s research focuses on legal pluralism, decolonization, and agonistic politics, and he is active in Indigenous sovereignty and climate justice advocacy.

  • Fonna Forman is Professor of Political Theory at the University of California, San Diego, and founding director of the UCSD Center on Global Justice. Her work focuses on climate justice, borders and migration, participatory urbanization, and community-based solutions to poverty. With UCSD architect Teddy Cruz, she leads a variety of civic initiatives in the US–Mexico border region and beyond. Their work has been exhibited widely in cultural venues across the world, including MoMA (New York), the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), M+ (Hong Kong), and the Venice Architecture Biennale. Current work includes an NSF-funded investigation of climate risk and vulnerability in California’s underserved communities; a new University of California-wide curriculum on climate justice, resilience, and adaptation; and two forthcoming books with Teddy Cruz: Spatializing Justice (2022), and Socializing Architecture (2022).

  • David Held (27 August 1951–2 March 2019) was a specialist in political theory and international relations. He held a joint appointment as Professor of Politics and International Relations and was Master of University College at Durham University until his death. Previously, he was the Graham Wallas Chair of Political Science and the codirector of the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the London School of Economics. He was joint editor-in-chief of the journal Global Policy and cofounder of Polity Press. He published more than twenty-seven authored and coauthored books on critical theory, global governance, the history of democracy, and cosmopolitanism. His last major work, with Thomas Hale, was Beyond Gridlock (2017).

  • Phil Henderson is a settler and a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Victoria. His research focuses on Canadian settler imperialism, anti-imperialist grassroots struggle, and white backlash politics.

  • Anthony Simon Laden is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Associate Director of the Center for Ethics and Education. He is the author of Reasonably Radical: Deliberative Liberalism and the Politics of Identity (2001) and Reasoning: A Social Picture (2012). His current projects include a series of papers about education as the engineering of trust networks and a book on democracy tentatively titled How Democracy Doesn’tEnd.

  • Jeanne Morefield is Associate Professor of Political Theory and Fellow at New College, University of Oxford, and a Non-Residential Fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft in Washington, DC. Her scholarship sits at the intersection of political theory, international relations, and intellectual history, with a particular focus on the relationship between liberalism, imperialism, and internationalism in Britain and America. She is the author of Covenants Without Swords: Idealist Liberalism and the Spirit of Empire (2005), Empires Without Imperialism: Anglo American Decline and the Politic of Deflection (2014), and the forthcoming Unsettling the World: Edward Said and Political Theory (Spring, 2022). Her next book project, A Contemporary History of Sex Trafficking, examines the role of sex-trafficking narratives in the construction and contestation of global liberalism, from the League of Nations to QAnon. Morefield’s popular work has appeared in The Boston Review, Jacobin, Responsible Statecraft, and The New Statesman.

  • Chantal Mouffe is Emeritus Professor of Political Theory at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster in London. She has taught and researched in many universities in Europe, North America, and South America, and she is a corresponding member of the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris. She is the editor of Gramsci and Marxist Theory (1979), Dimensions of Radical Democracy: Pluralism, Citizenship, Community (1992), Deconstruction and Pragmatism (1996), and The Challenge of Carl Schmitt (1999); the coauthor with Ernesto Laclau of Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics (1985); and the author of The Return of the Political (1993), The Democratic Paradox (2000), On the Political (2005), Agonistics: Thinking the World Politically (2013), Podemos: In the Name of the People (with Inigo Errejon; 2016), and For a Left Populism (2019).

  • Val Napoleon is the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Law, UVIC, and the Law Foundation Chair of Indigenous Justice and Governance. She is the co-founder of JID/JD (dual degree program in Indigenous legal orders and Canadian common law), and the founding director of the Indigenous Law Research Unit. She is Cree from Saulteau First Nation and an adopted member of the Gitanyow [northern Gitxsan]. Her areas of research include Indigenous legal traditions and methodologies (e.g., land, water, governance and democracy, human rights, gender, dispute resolution, and intellectual property), Indigenous legal theories, Indigenous feminisms, legal pluralism, Indigenous democracy, and Indigenous intellectual property. She teaches common property law and Gitxsan land and property law transsystemically in the JID/JD.

  • Rebeccah Nelems is a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Scholar, cofounder of the Cedar Trees Institute, Associate Faculty at Royal Roads University, and a PhD Candidate in Sociology and Cultural, Social and Political Thought at the University of Victoria (UVic). She weaves together a diversity of Western, Indigenous, social, and political theoretical traditions to explore generative and relational pathways toward transformative social systems change. Her dissertation, On Intra-Being: A Phenomenological and Decolonizing Exploration of Eco-Social Connection on Turtle Island (unpublished), builds upon her research interests in decolonizing research methodologies, Southern epistemologies, sociological theory, the youth climate justice movement, and sympagogy. Most recently, she published a creative nonfiction chapter, “Short Walk Home” in Rising Tides: Reflections for Climate Changing Times (2019), and coedited an international, interdisciplinary volume on empathy, Exploring Empathy: Its Propagations, Perimeters and Potentialities (2018).

  • Joshua Nichols is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Law at McGill University. His work has been published in several leading journals, including the University of Toronto Law Journal, Osgoode Hall Law Journal, UBC Law Review, Alberta Law Review, and the Journal of Historical Sociology. His latest book is entitled A Reconciliation without Recollection: An Investigation of the Foundations of Aboriginal Law (2019). He is a research fellow at the Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge at the University of Alberta, and a member of the Law Society of British Columbia.

  • Pablo Ouziel is cofounder of the Cedar Trees Institute. He is Associate Fellow with the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria, and Visiting Fellow, University of Southampton, UK. Pablo holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Victoria, and his research interests include democratization practices, joining hands relationships, horizontality, nonviolence, and interdependent social change. By standing within the tradition of public philosophy, the core of his work is centered on excavating networks of individuals governing themselves in numerous ways that supersede our current structures of representative government. In his book Democracy Here and Now (2022), he presents an account of the new form of participatory democracy enacted by the 15-M movement in Spain. Presenting an original participatory mode of research, the book reveals six types of intersubjective, joining hands relationships that 15-M brings into being and works to carry on in creative ways.

  • David Owen is Professor of Social and Political Philosophy at the University of Southampton. He has also been visiting professor at IAS Princeton and Goethe University, Frankfurt. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK). His most recent book is What Do We Owe to Refugees? (2020). He has published widely on issues of democratic theory and migration ethics, as well on Nietzsche, Foucault, and the Frankfurt School, among other topics. He is currently working on book manuscripts on Nietzsche and on global migration governance.

  • Oliver Schmidtke is a Professor in Political Science and History at the University of Victoria, where he has also served as the director of the Centre for Global Studies in Victoria since 2011. He received his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence and has been a JF Kennedy Fellow at Harvard University, a visiting scholar at Humboldt University Berlin, a F. Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute, a Marie Curie Fellow at Hamburg University, and a research fellow at the Hamburg Institute for Advanced Studies. His research interests are in the fields of the politics and governance of migration, citizenship, nationalism, democracy, and populism.

  • Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Coimbra (Portugal), and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He earned an LLM and JSD from Yale University and holds the Degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, by McGill University. He is Director Emeritus of the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra. His most recent project, ALICE: Leading Europe to a New Way of Sharing the World Experiences, was funded by an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council. Recent books in English include Decolonising the University: The Challenge of Deep Cognitive Justice (2021), The End of the Cognitive Empire: The Coming of Age of Epistemologies of the South (2018), Epistemologies of the South: Justice against Epistemicide (2014), Toward a New Legal Common Sense: Law, Globalization, and Emancipation (3rd ed., 2020), The Pluriverse of Human Rights: The Diversity of Struggles for Dignity (edited with Bruno Sena Martins; 2021), and Demodiversity: Toward Post-Abyssal Democracies (edited with José Manuel Mendes; 2020).

  • Stacie Swain is a fourth-generation settler of Ukrainian–British descent and a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Victoria, with a graduate certificate in Indigenous Nationhood. Her research focuses on the politics of Indigenous ceremony in relation to public space, the category of religion, Canadian settler colonialism, and Indigenous legal orders. Previous work can be found in edited volumes such as Fabricating Identities (2017), Method Today: Redescribing Approaches to the Study of Religion (2018), and The End of Religion: Feminist Reappraisals of the State (2020). She has forthcoming work in Fabricating Authenticity (2022), Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes (2022), and Opening and Closing Relations: Indigenous Spirituality in Canada (n.d.). She is presently engaged in dissertation research.

  • Lasse Thomassen is Professor of Politics in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London. He is the author of Deconstructing Habermas (2007) and British Multiculturalism and the Politics of Representation (2017). He is currently working on deconstruction, the category of representation, and new forms of radical politics.

  • James Tully is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Law at the University of Victoria. He is the author of Public Philosophy in a New Key (2009) and On Global Citizenship (2014); coeditor and contributor with Michael Asch and John Borrows, Resurgence and Reconciliation (2018); editor and introduction, Richard Gregg: Power of Nonviolence (2019); and contributor with Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach, Charles Mills and others, Dialogue and Decolonization (2022).

  • Jeremy Webber is Professor of Law at the University of Victoria. He has written widely in legal theory, constitutional theory, Indigenous rights, federalism, cultural diversity, and constitutional law in Canada and in relation to other countries (especially Australia). He is the author of Reimagining Canada: Language, Culture, Community and the Canadian Constitution (1994), The Constitution of Canada: A Contextual Analysis (2nd ed., 2021), and Las gramáticas de la ley: Derecho, pluralismo y justicia (2017). Professor Webber was the University of Victoria’s Dean of Law from 2013 to 2018. He held the Canada Research Chair in Law and Society at UVic from 2002 to 2014, when he surrendered the chair to serve as Dean of Law. Prior to joining UVic, he was Dean of Law at the University of Sydney, Australia (1998–2002) and Professor of Law at McGill University (1987–98). He was appointed a Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation in 2009 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2016.

  • Antje Wiener is Professor of Political Science, especially Global Governance, at the University of Hamburg, and a By-Fellow at Hughes Hall, Cambridge. Her research interest focuses on norms research in International Relations theory. Her current research addresses contested norms, global opportunity structures, and societal agency for climate change at the Excellence Cluster Climate, Climatic Change, and Society (CLICCS) at the University of Hamburg. She has been an editor of Global Constitutionalism since 2012. Her most recent books include Contestation and Constitution of Norms in Global International Relations (2018) and A Theory of Contestation (2014).

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