Afternoon Session I: ‘The people’ as a key concept of populism

Monday, 13:45 – 15:30, Conference Hall

Chair:  Ben Stanley (SWPS Warsaw)


Emilia Palonen (University of Helsinki)

Debating Populism: beyond demography and institutionalisation

Emilia Palonen is Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Helsinki. Her research ranges from cities to nation, rhetoric and discourse theory to time and space (Populism, political identities, politics of memory and nationalism, urban cultural policy, local and radical democracy, poststructuralist/postfoundationalist discourse theory, interpretive research and pedagogical methods, Hungary, Europe).


Simona Guerra (University of Leicester) and Evangelos Fanoulis (Metropolitan University, Prague)

Give me back my Heimat: Populism in Neverland at elections in Europe

Simona Guerra is Associate Professor in Politics at the School of History, Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester. Her main research interests and publications focus on the domestic politics of EU integration, Euroscepticism, Populism, and Religion and Politics. Her first monograph, on Central and Eastern European Attitudes towards the EU, was published by Palgrave in 2013, her new book, Euroscepticism, Democracy and the Media. Communicating Europe, Contesting Europe (with Manuela Caiani) (Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology) was published in March 2017, and she is now working on her second monograph on Religion and Euroscepticism in Post-Communist Europe (Routledge).

Evangelos Fanoulis is postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Security Studies (C4SS), Metropolitan University Prague. His main research interests lie within EU democracy, European security governance, democratic theory, and Foucauldian and Derridean philosophy. He is currently publishing a research monograph entitled The Democratic Quality of European Security and Defence Policy: Between Practices of Governance and Practices of Freedom with Routledge.


Antonio Momoc (University of Bucharest)

Populism 2.0 and the new “enemies of the people”

Antonio Momoc is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Sciences, Dept. of Cultural Anthropology and Communication, University of Bucharest. Since 2008 he has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Bucharest. In 2000 he graduated the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Sciences. At FJSC he graduated a master in Communication Sciences. He also has a degree from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Bucharest since 2002. During October 2010 - March 2013, he had an EU postdoctoral research scholarship studying in Rome at LUISS University the relationship between neo-populism and new media.