THE DEMOCRACY LAB

Interdisciplinary Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities

University of California, Berkeley

Chochenyo Ohlone Land

About the democracy lab

The Democracy Lab is an interdisciplinary faculty initiative at the Latinx Research Center (formerly the Center for Latino Policy Research) of the University of California in Berkeley. As a “lab,” our work as scholars and community partners examines the problems and possibilities of democracy across various disciplines of the social sciences and the humanities from Latinx perspectives.

 

First, we examine the contradictions in how democracy as a set of beliefs upheld by particular institutions of power has been mobilized both domestically and in foreign policy in ways that expand hegemony and imperial aggression in the hemisphere. Second, we explore the conditions of how to genuinely democratize these and other systems across a spectrum of direct or participatory and representative forms. Throughout this initiative we hope to more fully recognize the issues that undergird factors of participation and legitimacy within the arts and sciences, as well as a broader exploration of how issues of democracy affect Latinx communities and our political struggles within and outside of the global north.

Methodologically we find it fruitful to further open the written record to lived experience, art, music, film, theatre, and other forms of cultural and political expression. Rather than a person, place, or thing, democracy is a doing, an action, and process. "Democratization," is thus useful in rethinking the Eurocentric assumptions of personhood and the public good. As we develop these ideas, we debate and advance our work in courses, in events, and in ongoing mentorship and exchange. 

Our aim is to thus create a space to examine the problems and contradictions of democracy next to alternative forms of political engagement for a more just and equitable society. To do this, we support collaboration and publications, teaching, and mentorship in order to expand our collective capacity to critically rethink democracy within our university community and across the American hemisphere.

The Democracy Lab is a team of scholars from various disciplines working on the common problem of how to make a more democratic society.

Mellon Strategic Initiatives in the Humanities

UC Berkeley Vice-Chancellor for Research

 

UC Berkeley Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program
 

Sponsors:

We take seriously the intergenerational mentorship and collaboration among community members, faculty, graduate students and undergraduates! 

The Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program... 

Mellon Strategic Initiatives in the Humanities

UC Berkeley Vice-Chancellor for Research

 

UC Berkeley Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program
 

People

Angela Marino
Director, Contributing Scholar
Cristina Mora
Contributing Scholar
Ray Telles
Contributing Scholar
Jonathan Molina
Research Assistant
Adriana Ortega
Research Assistant
Daniel Marquez
Research Assistant
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The Latinx Research Center

The Latinx Research Center is the home of the Democracy Lab, where we hold space for events, meetings, and other forms of collaboration.

Come visit us at the Latinx Research Center, 

a faculty-led research center committed to building bridges and partnerships with researchers in our community.

lrc.berkeley.edu

2547 Channing Way (at Bowditch)

UC Berkeley Campus

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THE DEMOCRACY LAB

Interdisciplinary Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities

University of California, Berkeley

Chochenyo Ohlone Unceded Land

The Democracy Lab is an interdisciplinary faculty initiative at the Latinx Research Center (formerly the Center for Latino Policy Research) of the University of California in Berkeley. As a “lab,” our work as scholars and community partners examines the problems and possibilities of democracy across various disciplines of the social sciences and the humanities from Latinx perspectives.

 

First, we consider multiple forms of democracy, including representative, participatory, or direct democracy. Second, we consider democracy as a set of policy and procedures as well as discursive and behavioral aspects, all of which influence the beliefs and practices that make up political systems.

 

Throughout this initiative we hope to more fully recognize the contradictions that undergird factors of participation and legitimacy in democracy within the United States and in the American hemisphere. In publications, discussions, events, and other activities we seek a broader exploration of how issues of democracy affect Latinx communities and our political struggles within and outside of the global north.

Methodologically we find it fruitful to further open the written record to lived experience, art, music, film, theatre, and other media of cultural and political expression.

Our aim is to create a space to examine the problems and contradictions of democracy next to alternative forms of political engagement for a more just and equitable society. To do this, we support collaboration and publications, teaching, and mentorship in order to expand our collective capacity to critically rethink democracy within our university community and across the American hemisphere.

The Democracy Lab is a team of scholars from various disciplines working on the common problem of how to make a more democratic society.

Sponsors:

We take seriously the intergenerational mentorship and collaboration among community members, faculty, graduate students and undergraduates! 

The Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP). 

Mellon Strategic Initiatives in the Humanities

UC Berkeley Vice-Chancellor for Research

 

UC Berkeley Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program
 

About the Democracy Lab

People

Angela Marino
Director, Contributing Scholar
Cristina Mora
Contributing Scholar
Ray Telles
Contributing Scholar
Jonathan Molina
Research Assistant
Adriana Ortega
Research Assistant
Daniel Marquez
Research Assistant
Show More
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