Projects

Civil Society and the Global Civil Society  

The project grounds the question of global civil society in an interrogation of how national civil society actors negotiate transnational political space. This process of negotiation defines if, to what extent and how a semblance of a global civil society can be identified. The project specifically traces how a variety of civil society actors connect to propel shared visions of what the role of international law should be, and how it must be enacted to accommodate humanitarian values and concepts of human security and rights.
Good and bad civil society.  

Civil society is a contested concept and a discursive struggle over what constitutes ‘good’ or ‘bad’ civil society is constantly taking place – and raises the question of whether it is that; which supports the state, or that which criticizes it? Through different cases from the 1970´ies of, the project investigate which types of CS activity respectively strengthen and weaken social capital and trust, and how a strengthening of CS paradoxically can result in a weakening of social capital and thus also social cohesion.
Civil society and organizational forms  

This project scrutinizes the organizational implications of project-based cross-sector social partnerships (CSSPs), i.e. partnerships that engage stakeholders from CSOs and businesses on an ongoing and project-oriented basis, and which are explicitly formed in order to address social issues, for instance in relation to poverty, economic development, education, health care, environmental issues etc.
Civil society and associative democracy  

Here the importance of civil society organisations and associations for democratic learning, democratic practice and democratic culture in the period from 1820 to 2014 is analyzed to discuss the possibility of a revitalisation of civil society’s democratic potential in Denmark.
Civil society and philanthropy  

This project examines how philanthropic concepts established different logic and constellations between the state, the market and civil society in the period from 1849 to 2014. It does so through an investigation of concepts from both the political and civil society spheres as an expression of networks in which diverse knowledge, objectives and results are bound together and influence the contemporary understanding of civil society.
Civil society and voluntarism  

This project will map out, using a historical case-based study as a starting point, the extent of voluntarism in Danish civil society and focus on its logic and practices, to investigate how the logic behind voluntarism and the participation of volunteers is constantly challenged.
Danish civil society from a comparative perspective  

The socio-historical and political-legal development of Danish civil society is compared with that of Norway and Sweden in order to determine the specific characteristics of Danish civil society.
    

News

23-08-2017
Seminar at Australian National University (ANU)
 
 

CISTAS researcher, Maj Grasten, is invited to give a seminar at the ANU on her work on global civil society and international law
23-08-2017
SSHA annual conference 2017:
 
 

The CISTAS project will be presenting two panels at this years 42nd Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association in Quebec, Canada.
23-08-2017
Call for contributions to Voluntas special issue:
 
 

Civil Society Organizations: the Site of Legitimizing the Common Good.
23-08-2017
34th Egos Colloquium in Tallinn:
 
 

Call for papers to sub-theme on Civil Society.
23-08-2017
33rd Egos Collequium 2017
 
 

Sub-theme on Civil Society Organization