5th Prague Populism Conference

Current Populism in Europe: What's Next?


Evening Discussion: Consequences of the European Elections
Monday, 27 May

17:30 – 19:15, Conference Hall

Chair: Klaus Linsenmeier (Head of the Prague Office, Heinrich-Böll-   Stiftung)

Ellen Ueberschär (President, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin)
Ellen Ueberschär has been a President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation since July 2017. Between 2006 and 2017 she was General Secretary of the German Protestant Church Assembly as well as the Ecumenical Church Assembly, and until early 2006 she was Dean of Studies for theology, ethics and law at the Evangelische Akademie Loccum. Between 1990 and 1992 she worked for the “Kuratorium für einen demokratisch verfassten Bund deutscher Länder” (Board of Trustees for a Democratically- Constituted Federation of German States). She was a member of the “Synode der Evangelischen Kirche in Deutschland” (Synod of the Protestant Church in Germany), and she is an advisory member of the Point-Alpha-Stiftung. She is also a member of the Brandenburg Cathedral Chapter. In 2003 her first book was published, titled Junge Gemeinde im Konflikt. Evangelische Jugendarbeit in SBZ und DDR 1945 – 1961 (Young Christian Communities in Conflict. Protestant Youth Work in the Soviet Occupation Zone and East Germany, 1945 – 1961). Her second book, titled Fürchtet euch nicht! Frauen machen Kirche (Be Not Afraid! Women in Charge of the Church), was published in 2012 and, in March 2017, her most recent book was published, titled religiös und ruhelos (religious and restless).

Piotr Maciej Kaczyński (EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Prague)
Piotr Maciej Kaczyński is an independent expert in EU affairs and a non-resident Associate Research Fellow at EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy. He has been a regular lecturer at the EUROPEUM Summer School since 2007. Previously, he has been a political advisor in the European Parliament (2012-14), research fellow and head of programme at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), where he was responsible for the EU institutional and political issues (2007-12). He has widely published on EU politics as well as on the EU foreign policy. His most important books include “Polish Council Presidency 2011: Ambitions and Limitations” (Stockholm 2011); “The Treaty of Lisbon: A Second Look at the Institutional Innovations” (co-authored, Brussels 2010); and “Ever Changing Union: An Introduction to the History, Institutions and Decision-Making Processes of the European Union” (co-authored, Brussels 2011). In the past, he ran the European Programme at the Warsaw-based Institute of Public Affairs (ISP, 2004-2007), where he published e.g. “Polish Foreign Policy 2005-2007: What after Consensus?” (Warsaw 2008).

Pavel Barša (Charles University, Prague)
Pavel Barša is Professor of Political Science at Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague. He studied political science at Masaryk University in Brno where he got his PhD in 1997. In 1995 he obtained M.A. in Political Science at Central European University in Budapest. From 1998 to 2002 Barša worked as Associate Professor at Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University. Since 2002 he has been member of the Department of Political Science at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague, where he became Professor in Political Science in 2006. Barša is also Research Fellow at the Institute of International Relations in Prague. His main fields of research include immigration policies and multiculturalism in Western countries, Islam in Europe, Politics in the Middle East and American foreign policy.

Oľga Gyárfášová (Institute of European Studies and International Relations, Bratislava)
Oľga Gyárfášova is a director at the Institute of European Studies and International Relations since 2016. She studied sociology at Faculty of Arts Comeniu University, she holds PhD. in comparative political science. In her research work she focuses on electoral studies, political culture, public opinion, minority rights and gender studies, as well as on analyses of populism and right-wing extremism. She is author, co-author and co-editor of dozens of expert publications. She has been working on several domestic and international scientific projects. Moreover, she is national coordinator of the European Election Studies (EES) and principal investigator of the prestigious project Comparative Studies of Electoral Systems (CSES). IN 2015-2019 she works on APVV and VEGA projects.