Current Populism in Europe:

Culture, History, Identity


The conference takes place under the auspices of

H.M. Tomáš Zima, the Rector of Charles University


Conference programme download pdf


Monday, 21 May

9:00 – 9:45               Registration

9:45 – 10:00

Opening of the Conference:

Berthold Franke (Director, Goethe-Institut Czech Republic)

Eva van de Rakt (Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung e.V. in Prague)

Martin Mejstřík (Charles University)


10:00 – 11:45 

Morning Session:

Chair + discussant: Francisco Panizza (London School of Economics)

Takis S. Pappas (CEU Budapest)

Telling populists apart from non-populists: An empirically-based classificatory analysis

Daniele Albertazzi (University of Birmingham)

Regionalism, Nationalism and “Chameleonic” Populism: The Case of the Italian Lega Nord

Sarah de Lange (University of Amsterdam)

Multiple paths to the Populist Radical Right: Voting for Populist Radical Right Parties in Cities and the Countryside


11:45 – 12:45             Lunch


12:45 – 13:45

Keynote Paper

Francisco Panizza (London School of Economics)

Populism and Democracy: Going round in circles?


13:45 – 15:30            

Afternoon Session I: Different faces of populism

Chair + discussant: Takis S. Pappas (CEU Budapest)

Stephen Alomes (RMIT Melbourne)

Neo-Populist Patterns and Reinterpretations

Emilia Palonen (University of Helsinki)

Nationalism entangled: Janus-faced populism

Oscar Mazzoleni (University of Lausanne andGilles Ivaldi (Universityof Nice)

A comparison between the French Front National (FN) and the Swiss People’s party (SVP)

Volker Best (University of Bonn)

Democracy Reform as a Populist Policy Supply


Afternoon Session II: Radical Right-Wing Populism

Chair + discussant: Sarah de Lange (University of Amsterdam)

Lee McGowan (Queen’s University Belfast)

Assessing the emergence, Impact and significance of the recent populist political tsunamis in Germany and the United Kingdom

Léonie de Jonge (University of Cambridge)

The curious case of Belgium: Why is there no right-wing populism in Wallonia?

Monika Brusenbauch Meislová (Palacký University Olomouc)

Populist Single-Issue Party without an Issue? UKIP since the British In/Out Referendum

Tanja Wolf (University of Würzburg)

Anti-Islamism in right-wing populist parties – All the same?


15:30 – 16:00             Coffee Break



16:00 – 16:45

Ruth Wodak (University of Lancaster)

Far-Right Discourse, Politics and Performance on Frontstage and Backstage: “Post-Truth and/or Post-Shame”


16:45 – 17:00 

Coffee Break


17:00 – 17:30

Hans-Jürgen Puhle (University of Frankfurt)

Varieties of populisms into the 21st century


17:30 – 19:15

Evening Discussion: Historical aspect of populism

Chair: Berthold Franke (Director, Goethe-Institut Czech Republic)

Hans-Jürgen Puhle (University of Frankfurt)

Josette Baer Hill (University of Zurich)

Milada Vachudová (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Michal Kopeček (Charles University), TBC


19:15 Reception



Tuesday, 22 May

  8:45 – 9:15               Registration


9:15 – 9:30

Richard Mole (University College London)

Presentation of the Fatigue H2020 Project


9:30 – 10:15

Keynote Paper

Gianpietro Mazzoleni (University of Milan)

The overflow of socially-mediated populism into mainstream political discourse


10:15 – 10:30             Coffee Break


10:30 – 12:15

Morning Session I: Populism and the world of the media

Chair + discussant: Gianpietro Mazzoleni (University of Milan)

Elie Michel (University of Neuchâtel)

Populist Parties and Leader Effects between Television and the Internet

Gianfranco Baldini and Matteo Giglioli (University of Bologna)

Kings, Jesters or Kingmakers? Celebrities in European Populist Parties

Rafal Klepka (Pedagogical University of Krakow)

Coverage of politics on public television in Poland: how populist tricks explains "good change" in Poland

Gergana Dimova (University of Winchester)

“Mediated” Populism in Bulgaria: Rhetoric, Style or Presentation?


Morning Session II: Populist Historical narrative in Central East Europe

Chair + discussant: Milada Vachudová (University of North Carolina)

Grigol Gegelia (European University Institute, Florence)

Hungarian and Polish Populist Discourses of History and Religion

Wiktor Marzec (Center for Advanced Study, Sofia)

Liberal Civil Society and Its Enemies within Political Fields of Poland, Hungary and Bulgaria. A Historical Comparison

Agnieszka Sadecka (Jagiellonian University in Krakow)

Populist Anti-Semitism in Polish right-wing media narratives

Anna Carr (Kyiv-Mohyla Academy)

Post-Socialist Populism: Crafting the National Narrative in the Independent Ukraine


12:15 – 13:15             Lunch


13:15 – 15:00            

Afternoon Session I: Populism in Central East Europe

Chair + discussant: Michal Kubát (Charles University)

Attila Ágh (Corvinus University, Budapest)

The Long Road from Neoliberalism to Neopopulism: The tensions between the cultural and civic identity in CEE

Ladislav Cabada (Metropolitan University Prague)

Anti-modern and anti-liberal narratives from the pre-Communist past as the source of contemporary populist agenda in Central Europe

Andrés Santana and Piotr Zagorski (Autonomous University Madrid)

Turning Out Populist – Who Supports Right-wing Populist Parties in Central and Eastern Europe

Eva Połońska (London School of Economics) and Marek Troszyński (Collegium Civitas, Warsaw)

We, the people: political discourses of ‘us’ and ‘them’ in Poland


Afternoon Session II: Turkey: populism or authoritarianism?

Chair + discussant: Pelin Ayan (Anglo American University, Prague)

Selim Erdem Aytaç (Koç University, Istanbul)

Determinants of Preference for Populist Politicians: Evidence from Turkey

Berk Esen (Bilkent University)

Elective Affinities between Democratic Backsliding and Populism: the Cases of Turkey and Hungary in Comparative Perspective

Emre Erdogan and Tugce Ercetin (Istanbul Bilgi University)

The Populist Rhetoric of the ‘New’ Media of ‘New Turkey’ during the April 16th Referendum

Omer Tekdemir (University of Leicester)

The Left-wing Populist Moment and Kurdish Progressive Nationalism in Turkey


Afternoon Session III: Eurosceptic face of populism

Chair + discussant: Eliška Drápalová (Hertie School of Governance)

Georg Plattner (EIF Vienna)

Populist Radical Right Parties and EU Policies: How (in-) coherent are their demands?

Caner Tekin (Ruhr University Bochum)

Conceptions of ‘Rights’ by Far-right Alliances in the European Parliament: Evidences from the Recent Refugee Crisis

Ragnar Weilandt (University of Warwick)

A tale of two parties: UKIP, AfD and the highjacking of centrist Euroscepticism

Manfredi Camici (La Sapienza University of Rome)

Euroscepticism: Emergence of a European Public Sphere


15:00 – 15:15             Coffee Break


15:15 – 17:00

 Evening Session I: Italy as a laboratory of populism

Chair + discussant: Donatella Campus (University of Bologna)

Roberto De Rosa (Tuscia University, Viterbo) and

Dario Quattromani (Roma Tre University)

Identity-building in Populist Discourses. The Making of the Northern People

Marzia Maccaferri (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Five Star Movement ‘Online’ Populism in Historical Perspective: New Challenges for Future Historians

Cristina Cremonesi (University of Turin) and Eugenio Salvati (University of Pavia)

The populist wave in Italy: the case of the M5S and the Northern League and their representative function within the Italian Parliament

Marta Lorimer (London School of Economics)

What do they talk about when they talk about Europe? Understanding the idea of Europe in far right ideology


Evening Session II: Orban’s illiberal democracy

Chair + discussant: Věra Stojarová (Masaryk University, Brno)

István Hegedűs (Hungarian Europe Society, Budapest)

Hard Populism, Radicalised Political Communication, Politics of Fear: Towards a New Phase of the Orbán-regime?

Robert Sata (Central European University, Budapest)

The nationalist turn of populism in illiberal democracy

Zoltán Ádám (Corvinus University, Budapest)

Institutional Patterns of populism in Hungary

Attila Bartha (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest)

Understanding Populism in Central Eastern European Development of Capitalism and Democracy


17:00 – 18:45 

Final Session: Populism and the politics of identity

Chair + discussant: Emilia Zankina (American University Bulgaria)

Anna-Maria Schielicke and Julia Hoffmann (TU Dresden)

Making up a nation – right-wing populist identity politics and its consequences

Ana Chupeska Stanishkovska (University of Skopje)

Assisting to Populism by  Forging History: the Macedonian case

Gergely Galovics (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)

The politics of identity: performing ethnicity through identity talk

Paolo Cossarini (Loughborough University)

People’s quest for sovereignty? Victimisation, humiliation, and banal populism in the Spanish/Catalan clash


18:45 – 19:00             Concluding Remarks



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