New World SummitStateless Democracy
29 – 31 January 2016
Aula Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands

The New World Summit, in collaboration with BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht University, Centraal Museum Utrecht, and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization, presents New World Summit: Stateless Democracy. This is the sixth summit organized by the New World Summit, dedicated to constructing “alternative parliaments” for stateless political organizations that find themselves excluded from democratic processes.

New World Summit: Stateless Democracy is a three-day assembly that explores the possibilities of uncoupling the practice of democracy from the construct of the nation-state. Core speakers are representatives of the Kurdish Revolutionary Movement, which in 2012 declared Rojava, the northern part of Syria, an autonomous “stateless democracy” based on principles of self-governance, gender-equality, and communal economy.

The summit takes place at a time of rising ultranationalism, the strengthening of the War on Terror, and the emergence of the so-called Islamic State, resulting in nation-states declaring martial law, increasing their surveillance apparatus, and enforcing political exclusion in the name of “defending democracy.” In response, this summit brings together stateless and autonomist movements from all over the world to explore the potential of stateless democracy as a transnationalist paradigm that opposes state oppression in all forms, and to invest in a new emancipatory politics of the 21st century.

For this sixth summit a temporary parliament is built in the aula of Utrecht University. It was on this site that the Union of Utrecht was signed in 1579, which was to become one of the foundations of the Dutch state. The parliament is thus also a historical intervention, reaching back to the very origins of the Dutch state to engage its alternative in the form of stateless democracy: a space to confront our current crisis and occupy the imaginary of a new, common world.


Karim Abdian

II Stateless Democracy!

Quim Arrufat

II Stateless Democracy!

Richard Bell

III Future Democracy?

Fernando Burgés

III Future Democracy?

Jolle Demmers

III Future Democracy?

Vincent W. J. van Gerven Oei

II Stateless Democracy!

Maria Hlavajova

I Failed Democracy

Joost Jongerden

II Stateless Democracy!

Chris Keulemans

III Future Democracy?

Radha D’Souza

II Stateless Democracy!

Callum Clayton-Dixon

III Future Democracy?

Jodi Dean

II Stateless Democracy!

Angela Dimitrakaki

II Stateless Democracy!

Dilar Dirik

II Stateless Democracy!

Emory Douglas

-Political representatives

Karim Abdian > Congress of Nationalities for a Federal Iran

Quim Arrufat > Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP), Catalunya

Richard Bell > Artist, Aboriginal Tent Embassy

Fernando Burgés > Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO)

Callum Clayton-Dixon > Aboriginal Provisional Government (APG)

Jodi Dean > Political Theorist

Angela Dimitrakaki > University of Edinburgh

Dilar Dirik > Kurdish Women's Movement

Emory Douglas > Black Panther Party

Gorka Elejabarrieta > Sortu Basque Country

Nancy Hollander > Lawyer

Khalid Jone > We Are Here

Birgitta Jónsdóttir > Pirate Party Iceland

Sadet Karabulut > Socialist Party (SP)

Leila Khaled > Popular Liberation Front of Palestine (PLFP)

Jennifer McCann > Sinn Féin, Ireland

Zuhat Kobanî > Democratic Union Party (PYD) Rojava

Meike Nack > The Foundation of Free Women (Weqfa Jina Azad), Rojava

Yoonis Osman Nuur > We Are Here

Elena Tarifa Herrero > Barcelona en Comú

Dilek Öcalan > Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP)

Amina Osse > Democratic Union Party (PYD), Rojava

Simon P. Sapioper > Government of West-Papua

Ilena Saturay > National Democratic Movement of the Philippines

Mireia Vehí > Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP), Catalunya

Vivian Ziherl > Frontier Imaginaries


Jolle Demmers > Utrecht University

Sana Soleiman Elmansouri > World Amazigh Congress

Vincent W. J. van Gerven Oei > Department of Eagles

Maria Hlavajova > BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht

Joost Jongerden > University of Wageningen

Chris Keulemans > writer

Radha D’Souza > University of Westminster