Keynote Speakers

Prof. Sigrid Baringhorst, Fakultät 1, Politikwissenschaft, Universität Siegen.

Sigrig Baringhorst holds a chair in Political Science at the University of Siegen (Germany), since 2000. She did her doctorate at the University of Münster and her habilitation at the University of Gieβen. Before coming to Siegen she worked as a lecturer at the University of East Anglia (UK), the University of Technology Sydney (AUS) and the University of Gieβen (Germany). She has been the Chair of the Research Advisory Council of the German Federal Office of Migration and Refugees since 2010. Her main fields of research are political communication and political participation studies, as well as policies of integration and migration. She is currently directing the research project Consumer Netizens. New Forms of Citizenship in the Overlapping Field of Social Media and Political Consumption, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). She is the author of Fremde in der Stadt (1991) and Politik als Kampagne (1998), the co-author of Unternehmenskritische Kampagnen im Netz (2010) and the co-editor of Political Campaigning on the Web (2008) as well as the author of numerous articles and book chapters.

Prof. Mark E. Warren, Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia

Mark E. Warren holds the Harold and Dorrie Merilees Chair for the Study of Democracy at the University of British Columbia. He is especially interested in democratic innovations, civil society and democratic governance, and political corruption. warren is the author of Democracy and Association (Princeton University Press 2001), which has won the Elaine and David Spitz Book Prize awarded by the Conference for the Study of Political Thought, as well as the 2003 Outstanding Book Award from the Association for the Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. He is the editor of Democracy and Trust (Cambridge University Press 1999), and the co-editor of Designing Deliberative Democracy: The British Columbia Citizens Assembly (Cambridge University Press 2008). Warren’s work has appeared in journals such as the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and Political Theory. He is currently working with an international team on a project entitled Participedia (www.participedia.net), which uses a web-based platform to collect data about democratic innovation and participatory governance around the world. Participedia will enable data-driven comparative research into this rapidly developing area of governance, as well as serve as a resource for governments, democracy practitioners and advocates.

Prof. Per Selle, Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen

Per Selle has been professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen since 1992 and Senior Researcher at the Northern Research Institute, Alta, since 2006. He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Berkeley, California 1984/85 and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington, Seattle 2013/14. His main research interests is voluntary organizations and and political mobilization, environmental politics, the Welfare State, and the role of civil society in a democracy more in general. Over the last years he has also done extensive research on the politics of the North and how indigenous politics, and especially how the modern state adapt to this “new” type of mobilization. Selle has been in charge (together with Håkon Lorentzen) of the Norwegian part of the Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project (CNP), and in the leading group of the Norwegian Power and Democracy Project (1998-2003). Selle is currently on the editorial board of Voluntas and Journal of Civil Society. He has been on the board of the Community and Grassroots Association (CGA) Section of Arnova (Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action) and a member of the Publication Committee of Arnova. He has also been a member of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quaterly Award Committee (twice). Twice he has won the award for best article in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quaterly (1992, 2002). Selle has also been an editor of the Norwegian Political Science Journal. He is the co-author of Unique Environmentalism: A Comparative Perspective (Springer, 2006) and an author of numerous articles and book chapters.