CfP: Democracy in Transition Conference, Melbourne, 6-8 December 2015


Call for papers

The Melbourne School of Government encourages you to submit an abstract, for its second biennial conference, to be held in Melbourne, Australia.

This conference has four broad themes:

  • Twenty-first century challenges for liberal democracy
  • Innovative approaches to these challenges
  • The complex inter-connections between (violent) conflict and democracy
  • Current debates around illiberal and radical democracy.

A forum for high-quality dialogue and debate

This two day conference will encourage dialogue between policy-makers, practitioners and academics from a wide variety of backgrounds. The format will include plenary sessions with keynote speakers on the major themes, followed by panel sessions with research/issues papers presented. Conference papers will be published in an edited collection.

Keynote speakers

  • Professor Mukulika Banerjee, London School of Economics
  • Hon. John Brumby, Former State Premier, Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow
  • Professor Lisa Wedeen, University of Chicago
  • Professor Patrick Deneen, University of Notre Dame, USA
  • Hon. Maxine McKew, Former Federal MP, Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow
  • Professor John Keane, Sydney Democracy Network
  • Mr Sam McLean, National Director, Get Up!
  • Professor Helen Sullivan, Director Melbourne School of Government

Conference program

Download the preliminary conference program [PDF, 159 KB]

Submissions for proposals

Proposals should be no longer than 300 words
Please indicate your choice of panel session, based on the indicative program
Deadline for submissions: 30 June, 2015
Submit proposal


The MSoG has limited discretionary funding to support successful presenters, whose home institutions/work places are unable to provide funding.


Please address all queries to Ms Claire Tanner (Conference Coordinator, MSoG) at