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The End of the Liberal Order? Central, East and Southeast European Populism in Comparative Perspective

IV. Annual Conference of the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies

1-3 June 2017, Regensburg (Germany)

The Fourth Annual Conference of the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, a joint program by the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München (LMU Munich) and the Universität Regensburg (Regensburg University), is dedicated to populism in Central, East and Southeast Europe. 

The dream of a united Europe seems to be on the ropes. Anti-EU platforms are on the rise, producing the first major faits accomplis such as Brexit. Hungary and Poland are governed by parties that portray Brussels as a second Moscow and oppose the European federalist ideal. Arguably, the most shocking event in this development is the election of a right-wing populist as President of the United States. The big-tent parties in Europe, which have so far maintained the post-war liberal order, have found no effective antidote to the wave of populism. In the post-socialist countries, the democratic achievements since 1989 seem under threat by policies that draw a clear line between “us” and “them”, foster hatred and offer easy solutions to complex problems. However, populism also indicates wide-spread frustration about inequality and alienation under the current capitalist system.

This year’s conference of the Graduate School will put populism in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe in perspective: it will draw comparisons with other regions of the word and elucidate the contexts of populist politics. The four panels of this interdisciplinary conference will engage with the languages of populism; the typologies of populist politics; the historical trajectories of populism in the region; and populist subjectivities. In a special round-table, journalists reporting from the region will discuss the causes and likely consequences of populist politics.

The keynote speakers are: John B. Judis, Michal Krzyzanowski, Jan Kubik and Gwendolyn Sasse.

Conference language is English; for attending the Graduate School’s Fourth Annual Conference please register until May 15, 2017 via email:




Thursday, June 1


Ulf Brunnbauer (Regensburg) and Martin Schulze Wessel (Munich)


Keynote - John B. Judis (Washington):
The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics

Chair: Ger Duijzings (Regensburg)


Friday, June 2



Keynote - Michal Krzyzanowski (Örebro):
Populism in/and Politicisation and Mediatisation of Immigration: The Case of the ‘Refugee Crisis’

Chair: Björn Hansen (Regensburg)

10:30-10:45Coffee break

Daniel Weiss (Zurich):
How (not) to Recognise Populist Discourse? A Glance at East European Varieties

Tanja Zimmermann (Leipzig):
"Alternative" Histories in Fake Environments

Peter Zusi (London):
The Literature of Dark Charisma: Hermann Broch and Viktor Dyk



Keynote - Gwendolyn Sasse (Berlin):
Title tba

Chair: Melanie Arndt (Regensburg)


Eric Gordy (London):
"Don't mourn, Balkanize:" What the Post-Democratic West Can Learn from the Balkans

Martin Mejstrík (Prague):
Current Populism in Central East Europe. Threat to Liberal Democracy?

Coffee break

Alan Sikk (London):
Populist Parties and Other Creatures: Towards a Typology of 'Populism' in Central and Eastern Europe

Florian Bieber (Graz):
Populism at the European Periphery: Negotiating Popular and External Legitimacy


Public Roundtable / Öffentliches Podiumsgespräch (in deutscher Sprache)

Zentral-, Ost- und Südosteuropäischer Populismus im Vergleich

With Andreas Ernst (Belgrad/Zurich), Boris Schumatsky (Berlin) und Reinhold Vetter (Warsaw/Berlin)
Chair/Moderation: Marie Janine Calic (Munich)


Saturday, June 3



Keynote - Jan Kubik (London):
Title tba

Chair: Martin Schulze Wessel (Munich)

10:00-10:15Coffee break

Egbert Klautke (London):
Antisemitism, Charisma, Infrastructure: Karl Lueger and the Invention of Populism in Vienna 1900

Elizabeth White (Bristol):
'Narodnichestvo' and 'neo-narodnichestvo': Revolutionary Populism in Russian, Soviet and Eastern European History

Balázs Trencsényi (Budapest):
Comparing Populist Discourses in East Central Europe in the Twentieth Century - Continuities, Contexts, and Typologies



Ger Duijzings (Regensburg):
Smears and insults: the role and impact of performative acts denigrating others

Margit Feischmidt (Budapest):
Policing of Borders, Production of Boundaries: Structural, Political and Cultural Conditions of Anti-Migrant Mobilization in Rural Hungary

Don Kalb (Budapest/Utrecht):
From Populist Reason to the Rationality of Populists

Cathrine Thorleifsson (Oslo):
In Pursuit of Purity: Understanding the Appeal of UKIPs Populism in Precarious England

Chair: Carna Brkovic (Regensburg)

15:30-16:00Concluding discussion


Conference venue: Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, Landshuter Str. 4, 93047 Regensburg, Room 319 (3rd floor)

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