2023 Summer Conference: Divisions in the Western Liberal Consensus

Dates:  Monday, June 26 to Thursday, June 29, 2023

Attendees:  12 people, with an equal division between US and European scholars

Location:  Le Mas de Pierre, St-Paul de Vence, France

The invasion of Ukraine has deepened discussions about the shared problems the EU and the US face in strengthen democratic institutions. This conference will assemble a group of European and American scholars in France to discuss challenges our democratic institutions face. The conference will encompass two full days of discussions in a seminar format, with sessions led by various attendees.

The first day’s discussion will engage with conceptual challenges to democratic institutions, including the lure of illiberalism, populism, nationalism, and how divisions about these ideas are sharpened by the Russian War in Ukraine. The second day will be a discussion of western liberal policies that are impacted by these challenges, such as foreign, defense, and economic policy.

Tentative Schedule:

Monday, June 26
4pm Check-in
7pm Welcome Reception

Tuesday, June 27
All day session
Conference dinner at hotel

Wednesday, June 28
All day session
Farewell dinner off campus

Thursday, June 29
10am Checkout