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Public Lecture: Prof Raphael de Kadt (5 June)

The End of the Modern Democratic Era?

The ‘modern democratic era’ began, awkwardly, in the last three decades of the 18th Century. It reached its apogee in the first decade of the 21st Century, with the cresting of the ‘third wave of democratization’ in the failed ‘Arab Spring’ of 2011. Since then, the prospects for the further spread and consolidation of democracy have dimmed, and in a significant measure been reversed. This lecture will explore the forces that have halted and, in some measure, have reversed the spread of democracies.

There is sufficient evidence to suggest that the ‘third wave of democratization’ may well be succeeded by a ‘second wave’ – in a broad and very loose sense of the term, ‘Fascisms’.  The so-called ‘international liberal order’ - bound up with multilateral institutions ranging in remit from trade and human rights to environmental custodianship - may slowly be replaced by a loosely articulated carapace of autocratic, ideologically ‘nativist’,  ‘strongman’,  regimes tied to increasingly autarkic economies. In the more distant future, in consequence, there beckons the unsettling prospect of a possible ‘Third World War’.

Event details: 
Wednesday, 5 June 2019, 19:00 
53 Ley Road, Victory Park, JHB 

*** Free of charge, although a cash donation to St Augustine would be appreciated


Prof Raphael de Kadt  is a Professor of Political Science at St Augustine College as well as the Faculty of Law and Economics at accadis Hochschule, Bad Homburg, Germany, a Research Fellow at the Helen Suzman Foundation in South Africa and a former Research Associate in the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.  

Professor de Kadt, a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, brings with him vast experience in University management and in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and in research. He was formerly Head, School of Politics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban (2005-2008) and Director of the Politics, Philosophy and Economics Programme, University of KwaZulu- Natal. He subsequently served as Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science, St Augustine College of South Africa where he held the Bill Lynch Chair of Political Science. He has served as Guest Professor, accadis Hochschule, Bad Homburg, Germany from 2009 -2014 and as Honorary Associate Professor of Politics, University of Kwa-Zulu-Natal from 2009- 2012. He presently serves as External Examiner for the Department of Political Studies and International Affairs, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa and has served in this capacity at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels for the University of Cape Town and the University of the Witwatersrand. He recently served Member of the South African Council for Higher Education 20 year review task team assessing the South African tertiary (higher) education system: 2013-2014.

Aside from academic interests, he has both an interest in, and experience of, financial asset management having been for many years a Trustee of and Chair of the R.1.5 billion University of KwaZulu-Natal retirement fund and has an interest in global political and economic risk assessment. In addition, he is a keen and serious photographer with a special passion for architectural, abstract and urban photography as well as portraiture. He also loves teaching photography, especially to pupils who have not had much access to the ‘digital world’. Raphael is the instructor of the St Augustine College PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB.