Democracy Lab supports emerging research project or the prototyping of ideas within the UCSD Department of Communication that address Democracy Lab’s focus in one or more of the following ways:
Community-based work that addresses how people develop a sense of collective continuance or work to shape their circumstances together.
Media-based, grassroots production, analysis, or design-based work that addresses lived conditions, power relations, historicized understandings of present circumstances.
Courses that engage students and/or community members in work addressing movement-based work, critical design, collective struggle, envisioning speculative futures, relationships with land and water.
Exploring conceptual ideas, orientations, critiques, and/or extensions of our ideas about democratic practices, relations, or democracy broadly conceived (e.g., as a way/ways of reckoning collectively with difference).