Final Session: Right/left wing populism and relationship with the media

Tuesday, 17:00 – 18:45

Chair: Alena Kluknavská (Masaryk University, Brno)


Giuliano Bobba (University of Turin) and Cristina Cremonesi (University of Pavia)

The Rise of Populism on Facebook. A Comparative Analysis of Party Communication in France, Italy, and Spain

Giuliano Bobba is Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society at the University of Turin and Affiliate at Collegio Carlo Alberto. In 2014, he was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Curie Fellow (Actions MSCA-COFUND Post-doctoral programme Braudel-IFER- FMSH) at the Centre Européen de Sociologie et de Science Politique, Université Paris 1 – Pantheon Sorbonne. His main research interests include election campaigns at European, national and local levels; populism; primary elections; the European integration process and the development of a European public sphere.

Cristina Cremonesi is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Pavia and Research Assistant for the Lombardia Regional Parliament (Office: Analysis of Regional Policies). Her main research interests are located at the intersection of political attitudes, political communication, and populism. She is a member of the COST Action “Populist Political Communication in Europe” and she collaborates to a series of comparative studies on populist communication in Europe.


Věra Stojarová (Masaryk University, Brno)

Populist (Radical Right) and media ring in Visegrad countries

Věra Stojarová works as an Academic Researcher and Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science (Section Security and Strategic Studies) at Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. She has been focusing her whole professional career on the security and politics in the Western Balkan, nationalism and state integration policies. Věra Stojarová has also published many texts dealing with the far right politics not only in the Western Balkan region (e.g. Stojarová, V. The Far Right in the Balkans, Manchester University Press, 2014). She has also cooperated with NGO sector providing them with lectures about security problems which societies in transition face (People in Need Foundation, lectures for Burmese dissidents in Thailand, lectures in Transnistria). She belongs to the leading Balkan security experts in the European academic community.


Piotr Podemski (University of Warsaw)

Populism in Old and New Europe: Ideology and the Media in the Five Star Movement and Kukiz’15

Piotr Podemski, born in 1979, graduated from the University of Warsaw in 2003, obtaining his M.A. in Contemporary History and Italian Studies. His Ph.D. was devoted to the study of ideology and propaganda in Italian Fascism (2008). As Professor of History and Intercultural Studies, he has taught courses in Italian, British and American Studies in Poland, Italy, Britain and the US. He has (co-) authored four books and over forty academic papers on Fascism, Italian-American Relations, Italian Founding Fathers of European integration, Berlusconi and the politics of collective memory in Poland. He has been awarded fellowships by the Fulbright Commission, Italian Government and the European University Institute.


Léonie de Jonge (University of Cambridge)

The Populist Right and the Media in the Benelux: Friend or Foe?

Léonie de Jonge is a second-year PhD Candidate in Politics & International Studies at the University of Cambridge. She holds a BA in International Relations from Cornell College (Iowa, USA) as well as an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. Her PhD research focuses on right-wing populist parties in the Benelux region. Specifically, she is interested in the question as to why such parties have been more successful in the Netherlands and Flanders than in Wallonia and Luxembourg.