4th Prague Populism Conference

Current Populism in Europe: Culture, History, Identity


Evening Session I: Italy as a laboratory of populism

Tuesday, 22 May

15:15 – 17:00

Chair + discussant: Donatella Campus (University of Bologna)

Roberto De Rosa (Niccolò Cusano University, Rome) and Dario Quattromani (Roma Tre University)

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

Roberto De Rosa is currently a Senior Research Fellow in political Science at the Niccolò Cusano University in Rome. He taught Political Communication at LUMSA University of Rome and in Audio-Visual Languages at the Tuscia University of Viterbo. PhD in Communication Science and Complex Organizations. His main research interests focus on political parties, social capital and civic engagement, political communication and populism.

Dario Quattromani, PhD in Political Sciences - Government and Institutions, is now Adjunct Professor in Political Science at Tuscia University of Viterbo and Teaching Fellow in Political Sociology at Roma Tre University in Rome. Currently, his research focus on political movements and parties, democratic innovations, empirical investigation of the relationship between culture and deliberation, experimental methods in political and social science.


Marzia Maccaferri (Goldsmiths, University of London)

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

Marzia Maccaferri is Lecturer in Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her interests range across interdisciplinary and comparative European political and intellectual history. Among recent and forthcoming publications: The Democracy of Affluence. Intellectuals and the Affluent Society in Britain, Italy, and the US, 1958-1979 (Routledge 2018); ‘Splendid Isolation Again? Brexit and the Role of the Press and Online Media in Re-narrating the European Discourse’, in ‘Brexit’ in Media & Political Discourses: From National Populist Imaginary to Cross-National Social & Political Crisis’, eds. F. Zappettini, M. Krzyżanowski, Critical Discourse Studies special issue 1-2018.


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

Cristina Cremonesi is a Post Doc Researcher at the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society of the University of Turin. Her research interests concern populism, political communication, political attitudes and electoral behaviour. She obtained a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Pavia in 2017. Her Ph.D. research investigated Populist parties’ communication and their electoral support with a particular focus on the case of the Five Star Movement in 2013. She is part of the Cost Action IS 1308 – Populist Political Communication in Europe, within this framework she is cooperating to a research about the presence of populist strategies in media communication, and she is in charge of the Italian part of a comparative experiment on the effects of populist communication on citizens’ behaviour.

Eugenio Salvati is Phd graduate and teaching/research assistant in Political Science at the University of Pavia. He has been visiting student at the University of Antwerp. He is currently PostDoc researcher at the department of Economics and Management at the University of Pavia. His research interests focus on political institutions, local government and governance, social policy, comparative politics, political elite and the process of European integration, in particular the development of supranational institutions like the European Parliament. He has published several articles in national and international peer reviewed journals like The International Spectator and Modern Italy.


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

Marta Lorimer is a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her thesis focuses on the place of Europe in the ideology of French and Italian far right parties. She holds a dual degree in European Studies from Sciences Po Paris and the LSE. She is a regular contributor to the LSE Europp blog.