Participedia’s first Summer School at the Université de Montréal

The Participedia team is pleased to announce our first “summer school” as a partnership between Université de Montréal’s Centre for International Studies and Research (CERIUM) and our own network of researchers and practitioners. Coordinated by Participedia Co-investigator, Françoise Montambeault, “The frontiers of participatory democracy: innovations and practices” will convene on Monday through Saturday, June 12-17, 2017. Students and professionals from around the world are encouraged to attend, and will experience a combination of lectures, hands-on workshops and site visits to interesting spaces of public participation in Montreal.

Course Description:
A variety of new practices and innovations in participation, deliberation, and consultation are being developed by governments, social movements and citizens throughout the world. The goals of these “participatory democratic innovations” include—among others—deepening citizen engagement and affecting a multitude of political, economic and social issues. The summer school will focus on defining the contours of these participatory practices via an examination of their underlying language, premises, and effects. Participants will undertake a simultaneous exploration of theoretical tools and practical experiences as they reflect on the boundaries of participatory democracy, focusing on both its institutional forms and its more informal practices.
How to Apply:
Students from Quebec, international and out-of-province students should visit this information page for details on how to apply, and how to claim credits if applicable. 
Students from the Université de Montréal, the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto and EHESS/Paris et SciencesPo/Paris may enroll through their school’s exchange program with no additional fees by submitting a form, available in French or English, to those involved at the Department of International Affairs.  
All other interested participants, including non-students, may register and pay for the entire course or select individual days to attend via this online form, with no additional application process required.