Main Academic Panel 

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

Chair: Reinhard Heinisch (University of Salzburg)

Marco Tarchi (University of Florence)
Marco Tarchi is Professor of Political Science, Political Communication and Political Theory at the University of Florence. He has authored many monographs and articles and has carried out studies on party change in Italy, Fascism, extreme-right parties and movements, and populism. From 2002 to 2010 he has been director of a national research program on the transformation of Italian political parties co-financed by the Italian Ministry of University and Scientific Research. A member of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) standing group on “Extremism and Democracy”, he has given conferences and speeches in many universities and PhD courses (Istanbul, Cluj, Bucarest, Cardiff, Barcelona, Miskolc, Budapest, Paris, Istanbul, Louvain, Lisbon, Santiago de Chile, Bogotà, etc.) and has presented several papers at international Congresses and Workshops.

Stijn van Kessel (Queen Mary University, London)
Stijn van Kessel is Lecturer in European Politics at Queen Mary University of London. His main research interests are populism, Euroscepticism and pro-EU activism, and the discourse, voters, and electoral performance of populist parties in Europe. He is joint convenor of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Standing Group on Extremism & Democracy, joint editor of its associated Routledge book series, as well as a joint editor of the journal Politics. He is also the author of the monograph Populist Parties in Europe: Agents of Discontent (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), and has published articles in journals including European Journal of Political Research, Government and Opposition, Journal of European Integration, Politics, and Journal of Political Ideologies.

Caterina Froio (Sciences Po, Paris)
Caterina Froio is Assistant Professor in Political Science at Sciences Po (Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics) and Research Associate at the Centre for Research on Extremism C-REX (University of Oslo, Norway). Her research and teaching interests are in political parties and their transformations as agents of representative government and as organizations, the relations between extremism and democracy, and e-politics. Since 2016, she is joint convenor of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Standing Group on Extremism & Democracy, and since 2019 she is a joint editor of the Routledge Series of the same name. Her research has appeared in peer-review journals in various languages including Party Politics, Perspectives on Politics and the Revue Française de Science Politique, as well as in several edited volumes, policy reports and the work of media outlets.