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The Mask and the Flag: Populism, Citizenism and Global Protest
Thu 30 March 2017, 19:00 – 21:00 BST
Populism is considered to be a dangerous right-wing threat in the era of Trump and Brexit. Yet, in the wake of the Great Recession populism is not limited to the political Right. In recent years we have seen a left-wing populist phenomena that attempt to rally the people not against migrants and minorities but against financial and political oligarchies, opposing the 99% of ordinary citizens against the 1% of the super-rich and the super-powerful. Paolo Gerbaudo's New Book's 'The Mask and the Flag' reconstructs the birth of this 21st century left-wing populism in the movement of the squares of 2011 from the Spanish Indignados and Occupy Wall Street and its evolution in new political formations and candidates, as Podemos in Spain and Bernie Sanders in the US. The event will host a presentation by the book author and a response by political theorist Stathis Kouvelakis.
This event is co-hosted and supported by the Department of Digital Humanities.
Paolo Gerbaudo is a political sociologist, the Director of the Centre for Digital Culture at King’s College London, and board member of the research committee on social classes and social movements of the International Sociological Association. He writes for The Guardian and OpenDemocracy
Stathis Kouvelakis is a Reader in Political Theory at King's College London and the author of a number of influential articles and books on French and European political thought. He formerly served on the central committee of Syriza.