Evening Session I: The “New” wave of populism in Italy

Tuesday, 15:15 - 17:00, Conference Hall

Chair: Luigi Ceccarini (Carlo Bo University, Urbino)

Marco Brunazzo (University of Trento) and  Mark Gilbert (Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, Bologna)
Marco Brunazzo is Associate Professor of Political Science at the Department of Sociology and Social Research at the University of Trento (Italy). His main areas of interest are EU Politics, differentiated integration theory and process, and relations between Italy and the EU.

Mark Gilbert was born in Chesterfield (UK) in September 1961. He is Resident Professor of History and International Studies at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy. His books include The World Since 1945 (Bloomsbury, 2016, co-authored with P.M.H. Bell) and Cold War Europe: The Politics of a Contested Continent (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). He is the author of two books and numerous articles, essays and reviews on contemporary Italian politics. He was chair of the international jury for the 2018 Cundill History Prize and is also Associate Editor of the Journal of Modern Italian Studies.

George Newth (University of Bath)
George Newth is a final year PhD Candidate at University of Bath and holds an MA in Contemporary Italian Culture and History from University College London. His doctoral research reconceptualises the roots of the Lega Nord in the light of the 1950s’ regionalist movements in Lombardy and Piedmont. He has previously published ‘The roots of the Lega Nord’s populist regionalism’ (Patterns of Prejudice, 2019); ‘The Movimento Autonomista Bergamasco and the Lega Nord’; (Modern Italy, 2018) and A Brief Comparative History of Economic Regionalism in the North Italian Macro-Region and Catalonia (Rivista Progressus: Università di Siena, 2014). He also collaborates with The Conversation and Novara Media.

Marzia Maccaferri (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Marzia Maccaferri works at the Department of Politics and International Relations, Goldsmiths, University of London, and at the School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London. She received her PhD in History from the University of Bologna and has taught at LUISS-G. Carli Rome; the University of Cambridge; the Institute of Historical Research, London; and the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. Her interests range across interdisciplinary and transnational European history, in particular the theory and history of intellectuals. She is currently working on a project on the re-reading of Gramsci in 1980s British post-Marxism and Eurocommunism. Her recent publications: ‘Splendid isolation again? Brexit and the role of the press and online media in re-narrating the European discourse’ Critical Discourse Studies (2019) and a special issue edited with Lucia Bonfreschi ‘New issues, old political cultures: politicising environment in Europe in the 1970s and 1980s’, European History Quarterly (2019).

Giovanni Barbieri and Sofia Verza (University of Perugia)
Giovanni Barbieri is Assistant Professor in Political Sociology at the Department of Political Science at the University of Perugia (Italy). He teaches Political Sociology and Methodology of Social and Political Research. His main research interests deal with populism, Euroscepticism, political parties and democracy. His recent publications include: ‘How the EU Member States’ Press Represented the Euro Crisis’ (with D. Campus and M. Mazzoni), in Journalism, 20(2), 2019, pp. 235-255; ‘Populism, Cleavages, and Democracy’, in Partecipazione e conflitto, 11(1), 2018, pp. 202- 224; and ‘He’s Worse Than Me: The Eurosceptic Parties at the Turning Point’, in Partecipazione e Conflitto, 8(1), 2015, pp. 97-117.

Sofia Verza is a PhD candidate at the Political Science Department at the University of Perugia (Italy). Her research explores the relationship between the media coverage of terrorism and counter-terrorism policies in Italy and Turkey. She holds a BA and MA degree in Law from the University of Trento (Italy) and studied in Istanbul at Bilgi University and Yeditepe University, majoring in the field of criminal and information law. She writes for the Global Freedom of Expression Initiative at Columbia University, where she was a Visiting Scholar, analysing Italian and Turkish case law. She collaborates with Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT) and the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF).