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January 15, 2024

🎭 Making identity politics less personal

Alfred Moore
Liberal democracies protect our freedom to express our identities. But Alfred Moore argues that the rigidity and entrenchment of ‘identity wars’ reminds us of another vital aspect of democracy: the freedom from expressing our identity. Creating distance from the self can promote fluidity and dynamism, and help to overcome polarisation
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January 2, 2024

🎭 Democratic transformation through visibility, not popularity!

Paola Pierri
Social media has lured us all into a 'popularity trap'. We thought we were transforming democracy, but we are not. Paola Pierri makes the case for a politics of presence in the digital age. This, she argues, needs to advance the visibility of marginalised identities, not their popularity From popularity to visibility In our digital […]
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December 11, 2023

🎭 The Brazilian mental health movement: transforming democracy, one stitch at a time

Lucas N. Veloso
By stitching together new alliances, we can assemble united yet internally diverse collective identities, leading the way toward democratic transformations. Lucas Veloso explores the transformative carnival protests of the Brazilian mental health movement
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December 5, 2023

🎭 Democratic transformations require an eye for design

Jennifer Forestal
How should we understand recent transformations to the spaces of democratic action? Jennifer Forestal outlines the spatial characteristics required for democratic politics — and reminds us just how fragile those spaces are
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November 30, 2023

🎭 Singlehood: towards a more inclusive and autonomous politics

Zheng Guo
Single people are seldom recognised as a political force in intersectional struggles. Zheng Guo argues that, around the world, single people are a rising body who face widespread discrimination. Supporting single people's political struggles offers lessons in resistance and the intersectional pursuit of democracy
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November 28, 2023

🎭 Designing for democratic transformations

Jesi Carson
Feminist and justice-oriented design frameworks offer pathways to democratic transformations. Jesi Carson draws on her experience as design practitioner and researcher in collaborative projects including Participedia and the Global Classroom for Democracy Innovation to explore the transformative potential of design thinking
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November 27, 2023

🎭 Protests in Iran show how democratic change requires solidarity

Zohreh Khoban
To achieve systemic change, it is essential to connect self-transformations. By exploring the recent protests in Iran, Zohreh Khoban makes the case for social bonds created through solidarity
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November 22, 2023

🎭 Selfie activism: from cruel categories to presentist identities

Taina Meriluoto
To strive towards democratic transformations, we have much to learn from marginalised activists. They espouse ‘presentist identities’ to fight the dismissive categories through which other people see them. Presentist identities do not assume a past or a future. Instead, they make us simultaneously perceivable and free, writes Taina Meriluoto
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November 14, 2023

🎭 Black, Queer, Trans, Disabled Lives Matter! Empowering identities to transform democracy

Brandon Mack
Democracy needs to recognise and empower our multiple identities. Brandon Mack draws on his activist experience with Black Lives Matter to argue for intersectionality and diverse histories as the backbone of democracy
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November 9, 2023

🎭 When we are the barriers to systemic change

Anna Drake
How do we navigate a world of democratic inequality? Anna Drake argues that if we genuinely want democratic transformation, we need to confront our own behaviours and ensure our actions do not undermine foundational democratic principles
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