4th Prague Populism Conference

Current Populism in Europe: Culture, History, Identity

Keynote Speakers


Ruth Wodak (Lancaster University)

Ruth Wodak is Emeritus Distinguished Professor at Lancaster University. She is also affiliated to the University of Vienna where she is currently PI of a 3-year research project on the "Discursive Construction of National Identity - Austria 2015". Currently, she holds the Willi Brandt Chair 2017 (Visiting Professorship) at Malmö University, Sweden. Ruth Wodak is past-president of the Societas Linguistica Europea. In 2010, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by University Orebro, Sweden, and became member of the Academia Europaea. In 2011, Ruth Wodak was awarded the Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria. Her research is mainly located in Discourse Studies (DS) and in Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA). Ruth Wodak's main research agenda focus on the development of theoretical approaches in discourse studies (combining ethnography, argumentation theory, rhetoric, and text linguistics); organizational communication; identity politics and politics of the past; language and/in politics; racism, prejudice and discrimination. She is member of the editorial board of a range of linguistic journals, co-editor of the journals Discourse and Society, Critical Discourse Studies and Journal of Language and Politics.



Francisco Panizza (London School of Economics and Political Science)

Francisco Panizza is Professor in Latin American and Comparative Politics at Department of Government at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is also the Head of Latin American International Affairs Research Programme at LSE IDEAS (LSE's foreign policy think tank). From 1991 to 1995 he was a researcher in the Research Department of the International Secretariat of Amnesty International. He joined the Department of Government at LSE in 1995. Francisco Panizza´s research interests are democracy and human rights in Latin American politics, politics and the economy of the MERCOSUR countries, populism, left of centre governments in Latin America, the politics of financial crises in comparative perspective, and the politics of patronage. He is the co-editor of Routledge Series Conceptualizing Comparative Politics.


Gianpietro Mazzoleni (University of Milan)

Gianpietro Mazzoleni is Professor of Sociology of Communication and of Political Communication at the University of Milan. He served as chair of the Euromedia Research Group from 1998 to 2004, and as chair of the political communication division (2004-2006) of the ICA (International Communication Association). He has been also vice-chair of the Management Committee of COST Action 30: “East of West”, funded by the European Science Foundation in the years 2005-2009. Currently he is president of the Italian Association of Political Communication. His main research interests are in the areas of mass communication and political communication. He is co-founder and editor of the refereed journal Comunicazione Politica (Il Mulino) and Editor-in-Chief of the International Encyclopedia of Political Communication (Wiley, 2016).