Afsoun Afsahi

Postdoctoral Fellow

Aufenthalt am Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
Oktober 2017–September 2018

Forschungsthema am Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
»Who constitutes legitimate demos? Settlers, migrants, and the indigenous populations«

My research agenda explores the challenges, opportunities, and best methods of inclusion and representation of marginalized communities in democratic decision-making processes. In my doctoral dissertation, I examined whether people are willing and capable of engaging in deliberations with those with whom they disagree on issues that touch upon their cultural and religious identities. In particular, I devised and, through experiments, tested the efficacy of two facilitation methods in increasing the capacity of participants to participate in a respectful, reflective, and constructive way. While I found some evidence of unwillingness for participation in deliberations that can challenge the cultural and religious identities of participants, the facilitative methods were both highly successful at increasing discourse quality by limiting the instances of engagement in undesired behaviours. In my future research, I will expand this research to consider the best methods of evaluation and regulation of speech in liberal multicultural democracies in addition to a project that looks at the all- affected principle through the lens of principles of justice. (Afsoun Afsahi)

Förderung des Aufenthaltes:
DFG-Kollegforschergruppe »Justitia Amplificata. Rethinking Justice − Applied and Global«

Wissenschaftliches Profil von Afsoun Afsahi

2016 promovierte Afsoun Afsahi an der University of British Columbia mit einer Arbeit über »Can we talk? Examining Willingness and Facilitating Deliberative Capital«. Im Anschluss an ihren Aufenthalt am Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften wird sie ab September 2018 Assistant Professor für Politische Theorie des Geschlechts am Institut für Politikwissenschaft an der Universität Amsterdam (UvA) sein.

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Demokratietheorie, Diskurstheorie, Multikulturalismus, quantitative und experimentelle Methoden

Veröffentlichungen (Auswahl):
  1. »Kantian democracy: interdependence, legitimacy, and progress«, Manuscript submitted for publication to Telos, 2017. (im Erscheinen)