The Crisis of Liberal Democracy. An encounter at USI with Manuel Castells


Institutional Communication Service

26 May 2017

On Monday, May 22, at 6pm A11 Lugano campus, USI hosted renowned Catalan sociologist Manuel Castells for a conference organised by the USI Faculty of Communication Sciences and the International Balzan Prize Foundation

Professor Castells discussed about network society, and the relationship between authority, the media, and society, in relation to the crisis in Western Democracies that are faced with unprecedented challenges that could undermine their very foundations.

The video of the conference is now available on our YouTube channel.

Manuel Castells, considered one of the leading sociologists of our time, is a Professor at the University of Southern California (Annenberg School of Communication) and has been awarded the Balzan Prize in 2013 for proposing a general theory on the new global information society that generated from digital technologies. Among his most famous works, in addition to the trilogy The Information Age: Economy, Society, and Culture (Vol. I: The Rise of the Network Society; Vol. II: The Power of Identity; Vol. III: End of Millennium), he is known for The Informational City: Information Technology, Economic Restructuring, and the Urban-Regional Process, The Internet Galaxy, and Communication Power.


The Crisis of Liberal Democracy. An encounter at USI with Manuel Castells