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Populism and the Nation State

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Over the past few years, it has become evident that populism forms a central part of contemporary political landscapes worldwide. In Europe, North and South America, populist narratives are gaining political traction as shown by a multitude of examples from Podemos and the 5 Star Movement to Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Simultaneously, we have also witnessed an increased importance of and focus on the nation state. This has, in turn, signified an increased critique against political projects which challenge the nation state, such as the European Union or other international or supranational organisations. In addition, this critique emanates from both sides of the political spectrum, where resistance against neoliberal globalisation is rife. On the right, we are witnessing a questioning of globalisation as open borders, whereas on the left, the critiques against global capital are abundant. This workshop seeks to gather researchers with an interest in the interactions, possibilities, and tensions between populist politics and rejections of globalisation, between populism and nationalism in their different forms and articulations.

We are looking for abstracts which engage with the question of populist politics from either a theoretical, empirical, or methodological perspective. We welcome scholars and practitioners from a range of field including, but not limited to, electoral politics, political theory and philosophy, and social movement studies. In particular, we are interested in papers which investigate the relationship between populist projects and trans-, inter-, or supra-national organisations and initiatives. Exploring the relationship between populism on a national level and the international setting is one of the key aims of this workshop.

Please send your abstract to emmy.eklundh@kcl.ac.uk no later than January 27th, 2016. Any questions can be addressed to the same email. Please also visit our Facebook account for the latest updates. There may be some funding available for postgraduate students.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Benjamin de Cleen, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Dani Filc, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Enrique Peruzzotti, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella

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