Welcome to the 4th issue of Populism, the electronic
newsletter of Populism Specialist Group of the Political
Studies Association. We have recently held our 5th annual
workshop titled ‘Populism: New Perspectives’ and in page 2
you will get a taste of how it went.


Our second issue released back in July 2020 was dedicated
to left-wing populism. This issue shifts focus on the political
spectrum and showcases the populist radical right. It
overviews the ways the far right interacts with populism,
nationalism, mainstream economics, conservatism, but also
liberalism. Focusing on both historical and contemporary
examples, contributions seek to shed light on where the
populist right intersects with and where it diverges from the
earlier and continuing iterations of the right – both in its far
and more ‘centrist’ orientations.


This issue then, hosts two challenging commentaries which
highlight the pivotal role conservative ideologies play in the
economic and social politics of the contemporary populist
radical right. In page 7, Valentina Ausserladscheider argues
that, despite their attempt to appeal to the ‘popular classes’,
populists on the right construct both an economically
neoliberal and an ethnically exclusionary ‘people’. In page
9, Francesca Feo and Anna Lavizzari discuss the gender
politics of the populist radical right in Italy and argue that the
conservative values of ‘family’ and ‘tradition’ lie at the core of
Lega and Brothers of Italy’s discourse.


We also interviewed Aurelien Mondon who keynoted our
recent annual workshop. We talked about the mainstreaming
of the radical right, the role experts play in normalising it,
populism and of course anti-populism. The interview can be
found on page 4 of the newsletter.


This issue also hosts five book reviews themed around
right wing populism and nationalism. Salomé Ietter
reviews Aurelien Mondon and Aaron Winter’s Reactionary
Democracy ; Seongcheol Kim reviews Cas Mudde’s The far
right today; Spyros Sofos reviews Luca Manucci’s Populism
and Collective Memory Comparing Fascist Legacies in
Western Europe; Mikko Salmela reviews Nicolas Demertzis’
The Political Sociology of Emotions: Essays on Trauma and
Ressentiment, and Kurt Sengul reviews Ruth Wodak’s second
edition of The Politics of Fear: The Shameless Normalization
of Far-Right Discourse.


We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to welcoming
many of you in our future events. Please do not hesitate to get
in touch to connect with us.


The Editor,
Giorgos Venizelos

DAY 0 | Wednesday, June 9

17:00-18:15 | KEYNOTE: Dr Aurelien Mondon (University of Bath) – ‘The populist hype, ‘the people’ and the far right’

18:15 | DRINKS & NETWORKING – Online breakout room

DAY 1 | Thursday, June 10

09:00-09:30| Welcome by hosts/organisers

09:30-11:00 | Panel A1: Populism and Discourse Theory

Carola Schoor (Maastricht University) – ‘A short-cut from individualism to populism – Laclau’s route to populism reassessed’

Thomás Zicman de Barros (Sciences Po) – ‘The Polysemy of an Empty Signifier’

Abdellatif Atif  (Free University of Bolzano-Bozen) – ‘Populism and Education, a retroductive view’

Kurt Sengul (Newcastle University) – ‘Studying populism discursively: A critical comparison between the Discourse-Historical Approach and Discourse Theory’

Chair: Emmy Eklundh (Cardiff University)

Discussant: Lasse Thomassen (QMUL)

09:30-11:00 | Panel A2: Populism, Media and Social Media

Natalie Whittaker & Antal Wozniak  (University of Liverpool) – ‘The Divided States of Reddit: Comparing Right- and Left-Wing Political Memes on Reddit’

Lluis de Nadal (Sorbonne) – ‘The Role of Social Media in the Processes of Recruitment into Vox’

Corina Lacatus (Queen’s University Belfast) – ‘Populism, Authenticity, and Social Media Discourse in Sub-Saharan Africa?’

Jana Goyvaerts (Free University Brussels) – ‘The Academic Voice in Media Debates on Populism’

Chair: Giorgos Venizelos (Scuola Normale Superiore)

Discussant: Lone Sorensen (University of Leeds)

11:00-11:30 | COFFEE BREAK – Online breakout room

11:30-12:45 | Panel B1: Measuring populism

Emilia Palonen & Juha Koljonen (University of Helsinki)– ‘Mainstreaming populism and the EP2019: a Laclaudian approach to topic modelling’

Aline Burni (German Development Institute), Eduardo Tamaki (Federal University of Minas Gerais) and Matheus Ferreira (Federal University of Minas Gerais) – ‘The upsurge of far-right populists and its challenges to Latin American democracies’

Fedja Pavlovic (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich) – ‘Unpacking the Populist ‘People v. Elite’ Distinction: a Critique of the Ideational Approach to Populism’

Chair: Andy Knott (University of Brighton)

Discussant: Stuart Turnbull-Dugarte (University of Southampton)

11:30-12:45 | Panel B2: Populism in Eastern Europe

Ilana Hartikainen & Zea Szebeni (University of Helsinki)– ‘Populism beyond populism: Uncovering tribalism in Slovakia’

Francesco Melito (Jagiellonian University in Kraków) – ‘The nation, the people, the values. The fantasy of Polish neo-traditionalist discourse’

Veronika Dostalova (Masaryk University)  – ‘The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, but the parts can have their unique effects: The bifactor model of populist attitudes and its applications within the Czech context’

Chair: Alen Toplisek (King’s College London)

Discussant: Petra Guasti (Charles University Prague)

12:45-13:45 | LUNCH BREAK 

13:45-15:00 | Panel C: Populism in Theory I

César Morales Oyarvide (University of Chicago) – ‘Machiavelli’s Ambiguous Populism’

Katy Brown (University of Bath) – ‘Talking ‘with’ and ‘about’ the far right: how the populist hype means we do both’

Gil Gonçalves (NOVA University Lisbon) – ‘Populists and the Past – potentialities of historiographic approaches to populism’

Chair: Giorgos Katsambekis (Loughborough University)

Discussant: Paula Biglieri (University of Buenos Aires)

15:00-15:30 | COFFEE BREAK

15:30-17:00 | Panel D: Populism, performance and popular culture

P. Muhammed Afzal (Birla Institute of Science and Technology) – ‘Cinema and the Production of a Popular Identity: Melodrama and the Left Developmental Aesthetic in Puthiya Akasam Puthiya Bhoomi’

Théo Aiolfi (University of Warwick) – ‘Beyond “Bad Manners”: Populism and Performances of Transgression’

Salma el-Idrissi & Drew Margolin (Cornell University) – ‘Singing for the people: Populist sentiment and resistance music in Morocco and Chile’

Callum Tindall (University of Nottingham) – ‘The Populist Style: Reassessing the relationship between Populism, Performance and the Cultural Low’

Chair: Marina Prentoulis (University of East Anglia)

Discussant: Pierre Ostiguy (University of Valparaiso) 

DAY 2 | Friday, June 11

09:30-11:00 | Panel E1: Nativism, migration, xenophobia

George Newth (University of Bath) – ‘Beyond the ‘nativist hype’? Rethinking nativism as a racist and xenophobic discourse’ 

Mari-Liis Jakobson (Tallinn University), Sebastián Umpierrez de Reguero (Diego Portales University), Inci Öykü Yener-Roderburg (University of Duisburg-Essen) – ‘When migrants become ‘the people’: unpacking homeland populism’

Thorsten Wojczewski (King’s College London) – ‘Conspiracy Theories, Right-Wing Populism and Foreign Policy: The Case of the Alternative for Germany’

Chair: Giorgos Venizelos (Scuola Normale Superiore)

Discussant: Caterina Froio (Sciences Po)

09:30-11:00 | Panel E2: Anti-populism

Salome Ietter (QMUL) – ‘Policing or embracing crisis? Brexit, anti-populism and neoliberal resilience’ 

Lewis Bassett (University of Manchester) – ‘The Politics of Anti-Populism’

Eduardo Enríquez Arévalo (Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar-Ecuador) – ‘Understanding Latin American anti-populism’

Sebastian Ronderos (University of Essex) – ‘From Lula to Bolsonaro: the mainstream’s replacement of a populist for another’

Chair: Giorgos Katsambekis (Loughborough University)

Discussant: Yannis Stavrakakis (Aristotle University Thessaloniki)

11:00-11:30 | COFFEE BREAK

11:30-12:45 | Panel F1: Populism and gender

María Esperanza Casullo (National University of Rio Negro) & Rodolfo Colalongo, (Università degli Studi di Salerno) – ´Tough Men or Empty Suits? Populism, Masculinity and Technocracy in Social Media Performances of South American Presidents´  

Jonathan Dean (University of Leeds) – ´Beyond Feminism versus Populism? Notes on the gender politics of anti-populism´

Proma Ray Chaudhury (Dublin City University) – ´The Political Asceticism of Mamata Banerjee: Female Populist Leadership in Contemporary India.´

Chair: Emmy Eklundh (Cardiff University)

Discussant: Luciana Cadahia (Cornell University/FLACSO Ecuador)

11:30-12:45 | Panel F2: Constructing populist identities

Susan de Groot Heupner (Griffith University) – ‘Exploring the mutual aspect of populist identity: an introduction to islamist-populism´  

Maren Schäfer (University of Heidelberg) – ´Who’s to blame? Framing “Them” During the COVID-19 Pandemic´

Samer Alnasir  (UNED) – ´Second Wave of Arab Revolts: The Iraqi Movement of October 2019´

Chair: Andy Knott (University of Brighton) 

Discussant: Benjamin de Cleen (Free University Brussels)

12:45-13:30 | LUNCH BREAK 

13:30-14:45 | Panel G1: Populism on the Left

Reid Kleinberg  (University of Essex) – ‘The Transformative Limits of Left-Populism: The Discourse of Tyrannicide in Mélenchon’s 6th Republic and Nationalism as Tradition’

Luke Melchiorre (Universidad de los Andes) – ‘Politics Unusual’: Generational Populism and the Making of People Power in Uganda’

Ugo Gaudino (University of Kent) – ‘Left-wing populism and Islam: a difficult path to de- securitization’

Chair: Marina Prentoulis (university of East Anglia)

Discussant: Bice Maiguashca (University of Exeter)

13:30-14:45 | Panel G2: Populism in Theory II

Kostiantyn Yanchenko  (University of Hamburg) – ‘Conceptualizing a populist narrative: Rationales, attributes, implications’

Enrico Padoan (Scuola Normale Superiore) -What is Populism (and What is Not). A Structural Approach

Carolina Plaza-Colodro and Beatriz Tomé-Alonso (University of Salamanca/Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha)  – ‘Populism and Islamist political parties: overview of a neglected relation’

Chair: Alen Toplisek (King’s College London)

Discussant: Simon Tormey (University of Bristol)

14:45-15:00 | CLOSING REMARKS

Welcome to the digital version of the PSA Populism Specialist Group workshop 2021! Below are some pointers for how to navigate the digital format: 

  1. All panels will be held on Zoom. You will be sent a link to all panels prior to the conference, so watch out for this email. 
  2. We would advise you to download Zoom, but you don’t need an institutional account. A personal account is enough. 
  3. We are looking for 15 minutes of presentation per paper, and then 30 minutes of general question time per panel. You will be able to share your screen with the rest of the group if you want to do a PPT presentation. 
  4. When entering the chat room, we will admit you manually, and this will take just a minute. 
  5. When listening to presenters, please make sure that your microphone is on mute, or else we may have a lot of echoes in the call (or we may hear your pets/family). 
  6. For the coffee breaks, we will organise a digital breakout room, where you can chat with people! Hopefully, this will enable some networking in addition to the panels!
  7. We will record the keynote speaker session. Please be aware that if you make a contribution to this session, it will be uploaded to our website. 

Thanks for bearing with us in these unusual times! We look forward to seeing you!

Emmy, Giorgos K, Giorgos V, Marina, Andy and Alen.

Joint conference of the DVPW Populism Group & the PSA Populism Specialist Group
8-10 September 2021, Freie Universität Berlin

DAY 1 | WEDNESDAY, 8 SEPTEMBER 2021

09:30-10:00 | Registration

10:00-10:15 | Welcome remarks and introduction

10:15-12:00 | Panel 1: Theoretical Considerations on Populism and the Squares (I)

Arthur Borriello (Université libre de Bruxelles) ‘Navigating through the void: The paradoxes of European populism’

Emmy Eklundh (Cardiff University) ‘Performing sovereignty: Populism as the European condition’

Andy Knott (University of Brighton) ‘Populism: Theory after Practice’

Francesco Marchesi (University of Pisa) ‘Populism Beyond the Opposition Between Squares and Institutions: A Machiavellian Approach’

Mark Devenney (University of Brighton) ‘Populism and Radical Democracy’

12:00-13:00 | Lunch

13:00-14:30 | Panel 2: Populism and New Forms of Organization in Southern Europe

Cristiano Gianolla (University of Coimbra), Antoni Aguiló (University of Coimbra), Jesus Sabariego (University of Seville) ‘Emotions for participation in southern European populist movement-parties: From grassroot activism to ICT membership’

Enrico Padoan (Scuola Normale Superiore) ‘From a “Web-Based Populist Party” to a Parliamentary Group? The Organizational Trajectory of The Five Star Movement’

Saija Räsänen (University of Milan) ‘From squares to status quo – Gradual abandoning of populist principles in Italian Five Star Movement’s communication from 2013 to 2021’

Lluis de Nadal (Columbia University) ‘The Digital Party: Passing Fad or Organizational Template for the Digital Age?’

14:30-14:45 | Coffee Break

14:45-16:15 | Panel 3: The Yellow Vests and Populism in France

Thomás Zicman de Barros (Sciences Po Paris) ‘“It is all a matter of image”: Radical democracy and aesthetics in the Yellow Vests movement’

Théo Aiolfi (University of Warwick), Salomé Ietter (Queen Mary University of London) ‘Onward, backward, inside out: What is left of the “yellow vest”?’ 

Céline Righi (independent scholar, London) ‘“Can you not hear the anguish gathering across France?” Reclaiming political agency within a maximal asymmetry of power? The case of the Yellow Vests movement and the government’s response’

Morgane Belhadi (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3) ‘Postmodern populism in France: Visual media as a central political strategy of populism. A study of National Rally’s and France Unbowed’s visual artefacts’

16:15-16:30 | Coffee Break

16:30-17:30 | DVPW and PSA Group members’ meetings

17:30-18:45 | Keynote 1: Paolo Gerbaudo (King’s College London) ‘Populism, the crisis of representation and the transformation of political parties’

19:30 | Dinner

DAY 2 | THURSDAY, 9 SEPTEMBER 2021

09:30-11:00 | Panel 4: Theoretical Considerations on Populism and the Squares (II)

Carola Schoor (University of Maastricht) ‘Leaderless populism versus leader centered populism – a comparison’

Milos Rodatos (University of Greifswald) ‘Representations of the Populist Intellectual. Organic Intellectuals as Populist Representatives’

Julian Müller (University of Hamburg) ‘Are radical political positions necessary populist?’

Iván Villalobos-Alpízar (University of Costa Rica) ‘Towards a transcendental theory of Populism’

11:00-11:15 | Coffee Break

11:15-13:00 | Panel 5: Populism and Protest in Southern Europe

Valeria Reggi (University of Bologna) ‘“I’m Giorgia, I’m a Woman, I’m a Mother, I’m Italian, I’m Christian”: The ideological populism of Giorgia Meloni’s imagined community’

Mónica Soares, Marcela Uchôa (University of Coimbra) ‘Is this making any sense? Situating conspiracy theories, the anti-lockdown protests and the endorsement of the populist far-right imaginary in Portugal’

Davide Rocchetti (University of Trento) ‘From ballots to barricades: Responses to the growth of radical right-wing populism at the local level’

Florian Skelton (Goethe University Frankfurt) ‘Populism in Suspension. SYRIZA’s Changing Discourse while in Government, 2015-2019’

Panos Panayotou (University of Loughborough) ‘Lessons for Left-Wing Populism from the 2010s Austerity Wave in Europe’

13:00-14:00 | Lunch

14:00-15:30 | Panel 6: Populism and Protest in Central and Eastern Europe

Olga Baysha (Higher School of Economics, Moscow) ‘Shortening Populist Chains and Disabling Coalitions: A Case of Russia’

Volodymyr Ishchenko (TU Dresden), Oleg Zhuravlev (Public Sociology Laboratory) ‘Post-Soviet vicious circle: Populist uprising as a reproduction of the crisis of hegemony’

Seongcheol Kim (University of Kassel) ‘Between Radical Democracy and Left Populism on the Margins: The Post-Protest Trajectories of the Left Front (Russia) and the Left Opposition (Ukraine) Compared’

Courtney Blackington (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) ‘In Defense of Liberal Democracy: Who Protests against Populists and Why?’

15:30-15:45 | Coffee Break

15:45-17:15 | Panel 7: Populism and Protest in Latin America

Camila Vergara (Columbia University) ‘Popular Uprising in Chile: A Populist Constituent Moment?’

Étienne Levac (Université du Québec à Montréal), Marwan Attalah (Université du Québec à Montréal), Williames Sousa (Federal University of Western Pará) ‘The people against its “others” – The Perspectives of Brazilian Populisms on Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Imaginaries of Resistance’

Sebastián Ronderos (University of Essex), Tathiana Chicarino (Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo), Rosemary Segurado (Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo) ‘Collectivising Political Mandates: A Discursive Approach to the Brazilian Bancada Activista’s Campaign in the 2018 elections’

Belén Díaz (Freie Universität Berlin) ‘One-Size-Fits-All “Right-Wing Populism”? On Conceptual Impasses and Eurocentric Tales’

17:15-17:30 | Coffee Break

17:30-18:45 | Keynote 2: Cristina Flesher Fominaya (University of Loughborough) ‘10 Years after the movements of the squares: Democracy and Protest in Times of Crisis’

19:30 | Dinner

DAY 3: FRIDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER 2021

09:30-11:15 | Panel 8: Populism and Protest in Asia

Andreas Eder-Ramsauer (Freie Universität Berlin) ‘Challenging Japanese Conservatism’s new legitimacy discourse: Analyzing the (un-)successful left-wing populism of Yamamoto Tarō in a context of hegemonic “compassionate paternalism”’

Anissa Yu (University of Warwick) ‘Rethinking leadership and organisation in populist mobilisation: The case of Hong Kong’s Anti-Extradition Bill Movement’

Frédéric Krumbein (University of Tel Aviv), Hannes Mosler (University of Duisburg-Essen), Axel Klein (University of Duisburg-Essen) ‘Populism in East Asian Democracies’

Ayan Das (University of Gour Banga), Debajit Goswami (Netaji Subhas Open University) ‘Investigating Left-wing Populism: Reflections on the Left regime in West Bengal, India’

Lena Muhs (University for Peace) ‘Duterte’s “War on Drugs” Discourse – Consolidating Power through Penal Populism’

11:15-11:30 | Coffee Break

11:30-13:00 | Panel 9: Populism and Protest in the UK and Canada

Hector Rios-Jara (University College London) ‘Between movements and party politics. Corbynism and the limits of in-and-out strategy in the UK’

Frédérick Guillaume Dufour (Université du Québec à Montréal) ‘From Nationalism to National-Populism and Left-Wing Populism: The Case of Quebec’

Djamila Mones (Université du Québec à Montréal) ‘“Wexit”: The subnational, regional and “protestor” populism embodied by supporters of secession of the western provinces from the rest of Canada’

Marina Prentoulis (University of East Anglia) ‘From austerity to Brexit: The failed populist moment’

13:00-14:00 | Lunch

14:00-15:30 | Panel 10: Populism, (Counter-)Protest, and COVID-19

Benjamin Abrams (University College London) ‘Resistance to Populism: The Dynamics of Counter-Populist Contention in Comparative Perspective’

Alexandra Homolar, Georg Löfflmann (University of Warwick) ‘Populism and the Affective Politics of Humiliation Narratives’

Marieluise Mühe (University of Cologne) ‘Civic Counter-Protests in Face of Pandemic Challenges’

Benjamin Opratko (University of Vienna) ‘From “national unity” to “stop the madness”. Authoritarian populism and the COVID crisis: The case of the Austrian Freedom Party’

15:30 | Farewell Drinks


PSA Annual Conference, 29 – 31 March 2021

You can view the full conference programme here.

1. Panel 523 Populism and mobilisation – from the margins to the centre of power

2. Panel 623 Populism, culture and identity across countries

3. Panel 723 Populism in Theory: Conceptual developments and challenges

4. Panel 823 Populism/anti-populism left and right

5. Panel 512 Populist Challenges to the Liberal Order (co-organised with the Anti-Politics Specialist Group)

6. Panel 612 Populist rhetoric and political influence (co-organised with the Rhetoric, Discourse and Politics Specialist Group)

7. Panel 923 Why do populists succeed? Government experiences, discursive strategies and party organisation (co-organised with the Anti-Politics Specialist Group)

Panel 523 Populism and mobilisation – from the margins to the centre of power

9:30am – 11:00am

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Chaired By

Dr. Marina Prentoulis (University of East Anglia)

9:30am – 9:45am

Abeyance, Cycles of Activism and the Survival of Populist Repertoire

» Dr. George Newth

University of Bath

9:45am – 10:00am

Populism and Polarization in Urban India: Study of Resident Welfare Association in Delhi

» Ms. Nikita Audichya

Jawaharlal Nehru University

10:00am – 10:15am

Challenging the Rule-of-Law in Romania: The Metamorphosis of Political Discourse Towards Populism

» Mr. Ionut-Valentin Chiruta

University of Tartu

10:15am – 10:30am

From the Front de Gauche to La France Insoumise

» Ms. Laura Chazel, Mrs. Chloé Alexandre

Sciences Po Grenoble

Panel 623 Populism, culture and identity across countries

11:15am – 12:45pm

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Chaired By

Mr. Giorgos Venizelos (Scuola Normale Superiore)

11:15am – 11:30am

Lessons for Left-Wing Populism from the 2010s Austerity Wave in Europe

» Mr. Panos Panayotu

Loughborough University

11:30am – 11:45am

We Need to Talk about Right-Wing Populism

» Dr. Andy Knott

University of Brighton

11:45am – 12:00pm

‘L’Italia e’ affetti da declino sotto vari punti di vista’: The Role of the Crisis in Populist Radical Right Parties’ Discourse

» Dr. Marianna Griffini

King’s College London

12:00pm – 12:15pm

Populism, Culture and Class: Articulation and Performance in Contemporary British Populism

» Mr. Callum Tindall

University of Nottingham

12:15pm – 12:30pm

Post Populism Politics: A Way Back to the Bio-Politics

» Dr. Thomas Siomos

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Panel 723 Populism in Theory: Conceptual developments and challenges

1:30pm – 3:00pm

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Chaired By

Dr. Andy Knott (University of Brighton)

1:30pm – 1:45pm

Tough Men or Empty Suits? Populism, Masculinity and Technocracy in Social Media Performances of South American Presidents

Dr. Maria Esperanza, Dr. Rodolfo Colalongo

National University of Río Negro, Università degli studi di Salerno

1:45pm – 2:00pm

The Utopian Dimension of Populist Demands

» Dr. Erick Gonzalo Palomares Rodríguez

University of Copenhagen

2:00pm – 2:15pm

Demands and Desire in Pre-Populist Movements: A Study of the Yellow Vests in France

» Mr. Thomás Zicman de Barros

Sciences Po Paris

2:15pm – 2:30pm

Populism and Diversity: A Relational and Temporal Approach

» Dr. Ertug Tombus, Dr. Sinem Adar

Humboldt University, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin

Panel 823 Populism/anti-populism left and right

3:30pm – 5:00pm

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Chaired By

Dr. Giorgos Katsambekis (Loughborough University)

3:30pm – 3:45pm

Populist and Anti-Populist Discourse on Minorities in Greece: The Cases of SYRIZA and ND

» Dr. Grigoris Markou

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

3:45pm – 4:00pm

Populism vs Demagogism: What If Anti-Populists Are the Real Demagogues?

» Mr. Francesco Melito

Jagiellonian University in Krakow

4:00pm – 4:15pm

Policing or Embracing Crisis? Brexit, Anti-Populism and Neoliberal Resilience

» Ms. Salomé Ietter

Queen Mary University of London

4:15pm – 4:30pm

Nostalgia for the End of History: Anti-Populism and the Post-2015 British Labour Party

» Dr. Jonathan Dean

University of Leeds

4:30pm – 4:45pm

Populism and the Return of the Political? Populism in Post-War Germany and the Rise of the Alternative für Deutschland

» Mr. Stephan Ritscher

University of Aberdeen

Panel 512 Populist Challenges to the Liberal Order

9:30am – 11:00am

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Chaired By

Dr. Daniele Albertazzi (University of Birmingham)

9:30am – 9:45am

Anti-Neoliberal Populism in Power and Social Policy Change: Evidence from Southern Europe

» Dr. Beatrice Carella

Scuola Normale Superiore

9:45am – 10:00am

Challenging the Legal Theory of Authoritarian Populism

» Dr. Attila Antal

Eötvös Loránd University

10:00am – 10:15am

The Right-Wing Populist Challenge to the Liberal Global Order: Hegemony and Counter-Hegemony in International Relations

» Dr. Thorsten Wojczewski

King’s College London

10:15am – 10:30am

Unprecedented Leaderless Populist Movement – A Case Study of Hong Kong Anti-ELAB Movement

» Mr. Chan Man-Hei

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Panel 612 Populist rhetoric and political influence

11:15am – 12:45pm

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Chaired By

Dr. Daniele Albertazzi (University of Birmingham)

11:15am – 11:30am

German New Right Discourse about Populism

» Mr. Omran Shroufi, Prof. Benjamin De Cleen

University of York, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

11:30am – 11:45am

How Does a Left Populist Party Talk about Populism: The Case of SYRIZA

» Mr. Antonis Galanopoulos

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

11:45am – 12:00pm

Beyond Populism: The Ideological Dimensions of Anti-Politics

» Prof. Blendi Kajsiu

University of Antioquia

Panel 923 Why do populists succeed? Government experiences, discursive strategies and party organisation

9:00am – 10:30am

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Chaired By

Dr. Gergana Dimova (University of Winchester)

9:00am – 9:15am

Welfare Benefactor, Paladin of Order or Technocratic Manager? The Effect of Populist Mayor on Public Policy and Investment in Czech Cities.

» Dr. Eliska Drapalova

University of Gothenburg

9:15am – 9:30am

Talking ‘With’ and ‘About’ the Far Right: How the Populist Hype Means We Do Both

» Ms. Katy Brown

University of Bath

9:30am – 9:45am

Why Do Populists Succeed?: The Survival of the Mass Party: Centralisation, Rootedness and Control Among Populist Radical Right Parties (PRRPs) in Europe

» Dr. Daniele Albertazzi1, Dr. Stijn van Kessel

University of Birmingham, Queen Mary University of London

9:45am – 10:00am

Why Do Populists Succeed?: EP Elections 2019 and Mainstreaming Populism in Whirl of Knowledge

» Dr. Emilia Palonen

University of Helsinki

Our third newsletter is out!

The third issue of ‘Populism’ is released amid extraordinary circumstances. The ongoing pandemic creates uneasy conditions that directly affect our everyday lives at both personal and professional levels. The work-life balance is becoming increasingly obscure while uncertainty casts a shadow over the  future, especially for junior researchers. We hope to offer you something interesting and stimulating to read during these times. Until we meet again in person, we will try to sustain an active community of populism researchers – not only at the professional but also at the interpersonal level.

Beginning with our group’s news, we are delighted to announce two new Calls for Papers: one for our 5th Populism Specialist Group Workshop – ‘Populism: New Perspectives’ – which will be taking place online in June 2021, and second, a conference co-organised with the Populism Group Initiative of the German Political Science Association, entitled ‘Populism, Protest and New Forms of Political Organization: Ten Years after the Movements of the Squares’, which will take place in Berlin in September 2021. For more information check page 2. 

This issue contains a lot of material which is generated thanks to you, our members, with your direct or indirect contributions. We include an overview of the engaging discussions that we had as part of our online workshop back in September 2020 and two interviews with the keynote speakers for that event, María Esperanza Casullo and Simon Tormey. Perspectives on the U.S. elections could not be absent from this issue, with a neck and neck race amid increasing polarisation in US politics and the mobilisations that followed. On page 4 you will find commentaries by two junior researchers working on U.S. politics and populism.

The book review section is gradually becoming an established part of our newsletter. Four junior scholars of populism are reviewing freshly published books offering an opportunity for critical and engaging discussions. Last but not least, our publications alert includes a selection of newly published contributions to the state of the field!

If you have comments or suggestions, or if you want to contribute with a short commentary or a review, please get in touch.

The Editor,

Giorgos Venizelos

Call for Papers

Populism, Protest, and New Forms of Political Organization: Ten Years after the Movements of the Squares
September 8-10, 2021, Free University Berlin
Joint conference of the DVPW Populism Group Initiative & the PSA Populism Specialist Group


The past decade has seen the emergence of – and growing scholarly interest in – populism in conjunction with a wide range of protest phenomena from below: from the Arab Spring to Hong Kong, from the Indignados and Occupy to Euromaidan and PEGIDA, from the Tea Party to Extinction Rebellion to the COVID-19 anti-lockdown protests – protest movements worldwide have taken to public squares with the claim to represent “the people,” “the citizenry,” or “the 99%” against entire political systems deemed unresponsive or undemocratic. The sheer diversity of these phenomena has challenged both the notion that the post-2010 movements of the squares constitute straightforwardly radical-democratic phenomena without wider implications for institutionalized politics, on the one hand, and the assumption that populism (from a Eurocentric perspective) is the exclusive domain of the nationalist right, on the other. In the wake of these movements, competing political forces have emerged in turn with the claim to represent the legacy or objectives of these movements within the institutions, transforming in the process the ways in which politics as we know it is practiced and organized: from “movement parties against austerity” to “radical right movement parties,” from “populism 2.0” to the rise of “digital parties” or “platform parties,” new forms of political organization, new categories of academic debate, and arguably new forms of populist phenomena – left and right, radical-democratic and authoritarian, progressive and reactionary – have come to the fore in the aftermath of mass protest episodes.


This conference seeks to bring together this interest in populism, in all its diversity, in relation to the manifold forms of contentious politics that have emerged in the last ten years, with a particular interest in new forms of political organization, institutionalization, radicalization, and transformation of populist movements and/or in specifically populist fashion vis-à-vis other types of movements. Possible lines of inquiry include: the relationship between populism and party organization, populism and radical democracy, populism in and out of or against power, populism and authoritarian consolidation, or populism and digital activism, just to name a few examples.


The conference is jointly organized by the German Political Science Association (DVPW) Populism Group Initiative and the Political Studies Association (PSA) Populism Specialist Group. We expressly welcome theoretical and empirical contributions alike as well as different conceptual and methodological approaches to the study of populism.


The conference is being planned in strict accordance with COVID-19 protocols. In the event that a switch to a digital format becomes necessary, an announcement will be made as soon as possible.


Confirmed keynote speakers: Cristina Flesher Fominaya (University of Loughborough); Paolo Gerbaudo (King’s College London)


Please submit abstracts no longer than 250 words by February 15 to berlinpopulismconference2021@gmail.com.


Organizing team: Andreas Eder-Ramsauer (FU Berlin); Seongcheol Kim (University of Kassel); Andy Knott (University of Brighton); Marina Prentoulis (University of East Anglia)

Keynote speaker: Aurelien Mondon (University of Bath)

Populism remains as hotly debated as ever with relevant studies proliferating in recent years to an unprecedented extent. This has led many to talk about the emergence of a distinct field of ‘populism studies’ which spans disciplines from political theory and comparative politics to anthropology and international relations. Within this context, and on the theoretical/methodological level, we have seen new critical perspectives on the phenomenon as well as substantial critiques to established approaches. Similarly, in empirical research, we have seen studies of actors and regions previously ignored or under-researched but also the ‘usual suspects’ being scrutinised with new tools and methods, shedding light on aspects previously missed or downplayed. In this sense, the field is not only expanding, but is currently going through a period of maturation and critical reflexivity in which cross-disciplinarity and theoretical/methodological innovation play a key role. At the forefront of this movement there is a new generation of early career researchers (PhD students and postdoctoral researchers) that have come of age in a period of overlapping crises and tectonic shifts that have been reshaping societies and political systems across the world. At this workshop we aim to take stock of these novel developments in the field and give the floor to this new generation of populism scholars in order to promote both theoretical and empirical innovation in today’s critical juncture and to further cultivate the links among this vibrant community of younger researchers.

There are no limitations as to the thematic scope of the workshop, but we would particularly encourage people to present papers on the following topics:

  • Critiques of established approaches to populism
  • New approaches/perspectives in populism research
  • Analyses of under-researched actors and regions (e.g. Africa, Middle East)
  • Populism and the pandemic
  • Populism, gender and race
  • Populism’s ‘double hermeneutics’ / The role of populism scholars in normative debates

Please send a paper title and abstract (max. 200 words), along with a brief biographical note (max. 70 words) as one PDF or Word document to eklundhe@cardiff.ac.uk by 15 February 2021. The subject line of your email should read ‘Abstract PopulismSG 2021 Workshop – author name.’ Accepted participants will be notified by 31 March 2021.

Notes: (1) Given the still fragile and uncertain situation with the COVID19 pandemic, this workshop will take place fully online. More details will be sent to accepted participants in due course. (2) There are two specialist events that the Populism Specialist Group of the PSA will be (co)coordinating for 2021 – the second one in Berlin, in collaboration with the DVPW Populism Group Initiative on 8-10 September. We remain committed to generating and sustaining a scholarly community and, as a result, we will prioritise a wider spread of applicants for both events over duplication of personnel and/or presentations.

DAY 1 | Monday, September 14

09:30-10:00| Welcome by hosts/organisers

10:00-11:15 | Panel 1: Populism, institutions and power

Seongcheol Kim (WZB Berlin) – ‘A Typology of Populist Discourses in the Visegrád Four’

David Sánchez (Complutense University Madrid) – ‘Populism in times of institutionalism: the Spanish case’

Beatrice Carella (Scuola Normale Superiore) – ‘Anti-neoliberal populism in power: changing socioeconomic policies in Southern Europe?’

Chair: Emmy Eklundh

11:15-11:45 | COFFEE BREAK – Online breakout room

11:45-13:00 | Panel 2: Populism and Affect

Thomás Zicman de Barros (Sciences Po, Paris)– ‘Is there such a thing as “economic anxiety”? Desire and materiality in the Yellow Vests movement’

Sebastian Ronderos (University of Essex) – ‘On Hystérie and the end of History: Populism, the squares and the Master’s revenant’

Emmy Eklundh (Cardiff University)  – ‘Excluding emotions: The performative function of populism’
— Chair: Giorgos Katsambekis

DAY 2 | Tuesday, September 15

10:00-11:15 | Panel 3: Revisiting theories of populism

Jenna Higham (Lancaster University) – ‘Populism, governmentality and subjectivity’

Théo Aiolfi (University of Warwick) – The endless quest for authenticity: populism, political performances and transgression as a performative strategy

Chair: Giorgos Venizelos

11:15-11:45 | COFFEE BREAK – Online breakout room

11:45-13:15 | Panel 4: Populism and Elitism: Antitheses or brothers in arms?

Dumitru Malcoci (KU Leuven) – ‘How is populism understood by the political elites of the European Union? A critical analysis of national and supranational top’ 

Andreas Eder-Ramsauer (Freie Universität Berlin) – ‘Populism as anti-establishment elitism: The non-disruptive nature of Japan’s neo-liberal populism’

Lazaros Karavasilis (Loughborough University) – ‘The Right Stuff: re-examining right-wing populism in Europe through the cases of Greece and Germany 2012-2019’

Maren Schäfer (University of Heidelberg) – ‘Shifting Visual Framing of American Populist Leaders in the 2020 Presidential Campaign’— Chair: Andy Knott

DAY 3 | Wednesday, September 16

11:15-12:30 | Panel 5: Populism in movement(s)

Ziqian Wang (University of Sussex) – ´The shadow of democracy: the populist enigma in Taiwan´  

Anissa Yu (University of Warwick) – ´Populism and Hong Kong’s summer uprising in 2019´

Petra A. Honová (Charles University, Prague) – ´“Fighting Fire with Fire”: Progressive Populism of DiEM25 as a reaction to the crisis of liberal democracy´

— Chair: Alen Toplišek

12:30-13:00 | LUNCH/COFFEE BREAK

13:00-14:15 | KEYNOTE 1: Dr Maria Esperanza Casullo (Universidad Nacional de Río Negro, Argentina) 

DAY 4 | Thursday, 17 September

10:00-11:30 | Panel 6: Populism and Anti-populism

Katy Brown & Aurelien Mondon (University of Bath)– Populism, the media and the mainstreaming of the far right: The Guardian’s coverage of populism as a case study

Jana Goyvaerts (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) – Journalistic Discourses about Populism: Mapping ‘the populist moment’

Salomé Ietter (Queen Mary University of London) – The populism/anti-populism struggle: emancipation and repression in the context of the Gilets jaunes protests in France

Carola Schoor (Maastricht University) – Populism and anti-populism in the Netherlands

Chair: Marina Prentoulis

11:30-12:00 | COFFEE BREAK – Online breakout room
12:00-13:15 | KEYNOTE 2: Professor Simon Tormey (University of Bristol)

DAY 5 | Friday, 18 September

10:00-11:15 | Panel 7: From the streets to institutions

Moskvina Yuliya (Charles University, Prague) – ‘Populists movements from inside: conflicting terms’  

Alexandros Kioupkiolis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) – ‘Towards a ‘populism of the people’ for our times: Populist 2.0 movements and new municipalism’

Dersu Ekim Tanca (George Mason University)Populism Goes Global: “Anti-International Establishment” Politics in Turkey

Chair: Emmy Eklundh

11:15-11:45 | COFFEE BREAK – Online breakout room

11:45-13:00 | Panel 8

Arthur Borriello (Université Libre de Bruxelles) – ‘Beyond the wave, the sea: re-assessing the impact of the economic crisis on southern Europe’s populist upsurge’

Letícia Baron & Michele Diana da Luz (Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Brazil) – ‘A populist in the office: the Brazilian case’

Callum Tindall (University of Nottingham)– ‘Populism and Class: Examining cultural class appeals in contemporary British populist articulation’

— Chair: Giorgos Venizelos

Welcome to the digital version of the PSA Populism Specialist Group workshop 2020! Below are some pointers for how to navigate the digital format: 

  1. All panels will be held on Zoom. You will be sent a link to all panels prior to the conference, so watch out for this email. 
  2. We would advise you to download Zoom, but you don’t need an institutional account. A personal account is enough. 
  3. We are looking for 15 minutes of presentation per paper, and then 30 minutes of general question time per panel. You will be able to share your screen with the rest of the group if you want to do a PPT presentation. 
  4. When entering the chat room, we will admit you manually, and this will take just a minute. 
  5. When listening to presenters, please make sure that your microphone is on mute, or else we may have a lot of echoes in the call (or we may hear your pets/family). 
  6. For the coffee breaks, we will organise a digital breakout room, where you can chat with people! Hopefully, this will enable some networking in addition to the panels!
  7. We will record the keynote speaker sessions. Please be aware that if you make a contribution to these sessions, these will be uploaded to our website. 

Thanks for bearing with us in these unusual times! We look forward to seeing you!

Emmy, Giorgos K, Giorgos V, Marina, Andy and Alen.

This issue is dedicated to left-wing populism. It features interviews with Paula Biglieri and Luke March, timely commentary on the future and past of Left populism by Giorgos Venizelos and Yannis Stavrakakis, and reflections on the complex relationship between the pandemic and populism by Antonis Galanopoulos. It also includes four book reviews of recent publications on #LeftPopulism: Beatrice Carella reviews Giorgos Charalambous and Gregoris Ioannou’s ‘Left Radicalism and Populism in Europe’ (2019); Thomás Zicman de Barros reviews Giorgos Katsambekis and Alexandros Kioupkiolis’ ‘The Populist Radical Left in Europe’ (2019); Samuele Mazzolini reviews Óscar García Agustín ‘Left-wing Populism: The Politics of the People’ (2020); Lazaros Karavasilis reviews Marco Damiani’s ‘Populist Radical Left Parties in Western Europe’ (2020).

The issue is edited by Giorgos Venizelos.

A big thank you to all the participants by the convening team:
Emmy Eklundh, Giorgos Katsambekis, Andy Knott, Marina Prentoulis, Alen Toplišek, Giorgos Venizelos