Keeping the Republic Conference

May 8, 2023

The Notre Dame Keeping the Republic Conference will bring together a group of both prominent senior researchers and early-career scholars dedicated to a broad revitalization of American democracy—not just in the sense of self-government—but rather as a societal commitment to the equal dignity and inclusion of each person and social institutions that encourage broad and open participation. This conference will create an interdisciplinary community of scholars devoted to studying and advancing the democratization of American culture and institutions across political, legal, civic, commercial, social, religious, and educational life. Its creative format blends traditional conference elements, such as paper presentations and panel discussions, but also unconventional ways to inspire future research with data and idea blitzes.

Data & Idea Blitzes

Presenters will have 5 minutes to share brief presentations intended to spark new avenues for research. Idea blitzes will present creative ideas, new research agendas, or key findings from one field that might be of interest to scholars in different fields. Data blitzes will present original data related to democracy in the U.S.

Discussion Panels

Participants will have open discussions around three key themes for the conference:

  • Big Data and Democracy
  • Democracy Beyond the Ballot Box
  • Political Psychology and the Erosion of Democracy

Paper Panels

Presenters will have 15 minutes to share and discuss an original paper in a traditional panel format.

Call for Participants

We're looking for scholars to:

  • Present a paper
  • Serve as a discussant
  • Present a data or idea blitz
  • Lead a discussion group
  • Serve as a mentor
  • Be a mentee

The application deadline for the conference has now passed.