Main academic session: Populism, antipolitics and the role of the media

Monday, 10:00 – 11:45, Conference Hall

Chair: Hanspeter Kriesi (European University Institute, Florence)


Yannis Stavrakakis (Aristotle University, Thessaloniki)

Yannis Stavrakakis studied political science in Athens and discourse analysis at the University of  Essex, where he completed his PhD under the supervision of Ernesto Laclau. He has worked at the Universities of Essex and Nottingham before taking up a position at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2006, where he is now Head of the School of Political Sciences. His research primarily focuses on psychoanalytic political theory and on the analysis of ideology and discourse in late modern societies, with emphasis on populism and anti-populism. He is the author of Lacan and the Political (Routledge, 1999) and The Lacanian Left (SUNY Press, 2007), co-author of Populism, Anti-Populism and Crisis (Nefeli, Athens 2012) and co-editor of Discourse Theory and Political Analysis (Manchester University Press, 2000). He has been Principal Investigator of the research project POPULISMUS:



Donatella Campus (University of Bologna) 

Donatella Campus graduated magna cum laude at Bocconi University in Milan, and received her PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European Institute University in Florence. She is currently Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Bologna, where she teaches Political Science and Political Communication. She taught Italian politics and political communication at Dickinson College, Bologna Centre. She has been a post-doctoral visiting fellow in the Department of Government, University of Essex; a fellow at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, New York; and Jemolo Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University. Since 2013 she has been a member of the Scientific Board of the Istituto Cattaneo. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Italian Association of Political Communication. Her research interests are political communication, political leadership, and gender politics.



Mats Ekström (University of Gothenburg)

Mats Ekström is Professor at the Department of Journalism, Media and Communication, University of Gothenburg. His research focuses on political communication, journalism, media discourse and conversation in institutional settings. His books include Talking Politics in Broadcast Media (Benjamins, 2011 with Marianna Patrona), Media Talk and Political Elections in Europe and America (Palgrave, 2013 with Andrew Tolson), The Mediated Politics of Europe (forthcoming, with Julie Firmstone). Currently, he is leading the project "Right-wing populism in the news media: A cross-cultural study of journalism practices and news discourse", funded by the Swedish Research Council.