Themes and Orientations in Populism Research I

Room: 
Room D, City Hall
Time Slot: 
Tuesday 27th March 09:30 - 11:00
Panel Chair: 
  • Dr Emmy Eklundh (King's College London)
Panel Members: 
  • Dr Andy Knott (University of Brighton)
  • Dr Marcello Gisondi (Università della Svizzera Italiana - Usi Lugano)
  • Aaron Winter (University of East London)
  • Mr Grigoris Markou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
  • Dr Aurelien Mondon (University of Bath)

Populism is politics' buzzword and its impact is being felt across the globe, but beyond a widespread concern about its explosive appearance, there's little agreement about what the phenomenon is, the reasons behind its surge, what factors in our current conjuncture facilitated it, and what it indicates about 'the human condition'. The Populism Specialist Group seeks papers that confront these questions, paying particular attention to: what populism indicates about the role of representation and antagonism in politics; whether there are different variants of populism such as right-wing and left-wing, or even a populism of the centre; the impact of communication and mediation on the populist explosion; the advantages of qualitative and quantitative methods in researching populism; and more general considerations about the relationship between populism and politics and/or the political at the local, national and trans-national level.