14-17 September 2017
Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands
Democracies and open societies have recently suffered a number of setbacks. As the adverse impacts of financial crises, inequalities in wealth and income, globalized trade and capital mobility have become more pronounced the world is increasingly threatened by authoritarian populism. In this context of turmoil, many of the accepted doctrines and policies that had previously been taken for granted have been challenged, and concerns have been raised regarding the possible futures of economically and politically “open societies“.
Organised in close collaboration with Utrecht University‘s “Institutions for Open Societies” research programme, the Fourth WINIR Conference was set against this backdrop. The conference especially welcomed contributions from any academic discipline that address the challenges and dynamics of the economic, political, legal and social institutions of our time. Submissions on any other aspect of institutional research were also welcome.
The conference opened on the afternoon of Thursday 14 September and ended on the evening of Saturday 16 September 2017. There was an optional tour of historic Utrecht on the morning of Sunday 17 September.
Keynotes lectures were given by:
The conference also featured a round table on “ICT, Open Societies and New Institutions” with José van Dijck (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, media studies), Haroon Sheikh (Dasym Investment Strategies, philosophy) and Fredrik Söderqvist (Unionen, economics), moderated by Martijn de Waal (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences), and was preceded by a PhD workshop.
201 delegates from 36 countries attended this event.
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Generous support for the WINIR Conference on Institutions & Open Societies was provided by