Democracy, as I will argue, is more than institutional design, more than assembly. It is assemblage. Democracy is not only constituted by carefully planned processes, but also by the many things – human and non-human – that assemble in ever novel and unforeseen configurations. Democracy is a moment in which material objects, sentient bodies, and performative expressions align in a manner that affords freedom and equality. The term democratic assemblage does not only denote a formation that realizes democratic core values, but also the very process by which such a constellation is brought about. Democratic assemblage is both a state and a becoming. As subjective experience, democracy is felt in these moments when freedom and equality align to mutually actualize each other. These moments are part of fluid processes of a becoming democracy, a living assemblage that is ever in the making.
|Title of host publication||What Makes an Assembly?|
|Subtitle of host publication||Stories, Experiments, and Inquiries|
|Editors||Anne Davidian, Laurent Jeanpierre|
|Place of Publication||Germany|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2023|