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Populism Symposium

Oct 19, 2017, 9:00 amOct 20, 2017, 5:00 pm

10349944_425902167556903_3610227624159589777_nThursday, 10/19, and Friday, 10/20, there will be an international symposium, “‘I Am A People’: The Performance and Cross-regional Praxis of Populism,” on discursive and cultural approaches to populism in theory and practice. Both well-known and newer political scientists from Latin America, Africa, the Philippines, Europe, Australia and the U.S. will be presenting papers and discussing ideas. See the full list of events:

Thursday, October 19: EMU 145 Crater Lake South

9-9:30                      Welcome and Introduction: Dennis Galvan, Joe Lowndes, Pierre Ostiguy

9:30 – 10:15         Ben Moffitt (via Skype), Uppsala University, Sweden. “Beyond Discourse? From Performance to the Performative (and Back Again) in the Study of Contemporary Populism”

10:15 – 11:00      Pierre Ostiguy, Universidad Catolica de Chile. “Social Differentiation, Antagonism, and the Flaunting of the “Low”:  From the “Empty Signifier” to Staged Excess”

11:00 – 11:30      Morning Break

11:30 – 12:15      Maria Esperanza Casullo, Universidad Nacional de Rio Negro, Argentina. ‘The Populist Body”

12:15 – 1:45          Lunch for presenters

1:45 – 2:30            Nicole Curato, University of Canberra, Australia. “From Demagogues to Deplorables?”

2:30 – 3:15            Toygar Baykan Kirklareli Universitesi, Turkey. “The High-Low Divide in Turkish Politics and the Political Appeal of Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party”


3:45 – 4:30            Sithembile Mbete, University of Pretoria, South Africa. “Out with the old, in with the new? The ANC and EFF’s battle to represent the South African ‘people'”

4:30 – 4:45            Ostiguy and Lowndes, wrap-up of day one


Friday, October 20: Browsing Room, Knight Library

9:00 – 9:45            Yannis Stavrakakis (via Skype), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,  Greece. “Discourse Theory in Populism Research”

9:45 – 10:30         Francisco Panizza, London School of Economics, UK. “Letting the citizen back in: Populism, radical,  and agonistic democracy  in the writings of Laclau and Mouffe”


11:15 – 12:00      Benjamin de Cleen, Aurelien Mondon & Jason Glynos (via multiple Skype). Vrije Universiteit  Brussel, Belgium,University of Bath, UK, University of Essex, UK.

“Populism in Western Europe”

Noon – 1:30           Lunch for presenters

1:30 – 2:15            Giorgos Katsembekis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. “Left-wing populism in opposition and in power: The case of SYRIZA in Greece”


2:15 – 3:00            Laura Grattan, Wellesley College, USA. “Populism and the People’s Revolution beyond Bernie Sanders”

3:00 – 3:30            Joe Lowndes, University of Oregon, USA.  “Performative Violence and Political Rupture: The Populist Successes of Trumpism”

4:15 – 5:00            Pierre Ostiguy and Joe Lowndes, wrap up discussion and future plans

Sponsored by the University of Oregon College of Arts and Sciences; the Office of International Affairs; the Departments of Political Science, English, and Ethnic Studies; Media Studies (School of Journalism); and the Program in European Studies.