PSA Populism Specialist Group

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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… Read More

Keynote speakers Simon Tormey (University of Bristol) María Esperanza Casullo (Universidad Nacional de Río Negro) Call for Papers After the rise of Trump and Brexit, it has almost become a cliché among scholars and commentators to suggest that we are living through a ‘populist moment.’ As the argument goes, populism has always been a significant force in Europe and the Americas, but its rise had been characterised by episodic and context-specific surges…. Read More

The Populism Specialist Group (SG) is requesting paper and panel proposals for the PSA’s 70th annual conference in Edinburgh. The phenomenon of populism appears alive and well and shows no signs of disappearing with multiple manifestations around the globe. Why is this? Are the extant analytical and conceptual frameworks sufficient, or are they in need of development? And what are the reactions that the global rise of populism triggers? These and other questions will frame… Read More

Keynote speakers:  Ruth Wodak, Emerita Professor of Discourse Studies,  Lancaster University Michael Freeden, Emeritus Professor of Politics,  University of Oxford   Call for Papers Populism has been a buzzword for quite a few years now. But after Brexit and Trump, and with the rise of new populist actors in Europe and beyond we have been witnessing an unprecedented inflation in the use of the term both in the public sphere and in… Read More

The Populism Specialist Group of the PSA invites paper proposals on the following themes:   Panel 1: Populism(s) in Opposition/Populism(s) in Power ‘Populism in power’ seems to be a rather counterintuitive notion to the extent that public wisdom as well as most academic research are premised on the idea that populism can only be effective in opposition. Indeed, populism is often understood as a political strategy or rhetorical style that may be… Read More

Defining ‘populism’: Concepts, contexts, genealogies   Keynote speaker: Dr. Benjamin Moffitt   Call for papers   Today populism seems to be, once more, firmly back in the agenda. An avalanche of recent events have shocked and scandalized our public spheres internationally, puzzling academics, journalists and citizens alike. The Italian and BREXIT referendums and, in a more pronounced way, the victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential elections constitute only the most recent… Read More