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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

in cooperation with the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London

 

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, organized jointly with the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES, UCL), 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: graduiertenschule@ur.de

 

PROGRAM

 

Thursday, June 1

18:00

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

18:30-20:00

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

Chair: Ger Duijzings (Regensburg)

 


Friday, June 2

9:30-10:30

THE LANGUAGE OF POPULISM

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
10:45-12:45

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

12:45-14:00Lunch
14:00-15:00

TYPOLOGIES OF POPULISM

Keynote - Gwendolyn Sasse (Berlin):
Title tba

Chair: Melanie Arndt (Regensburg)

15:00-17:45

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

18:00-19:30

Public Roundtable / Öffentliches Podiumsgespräch (in deutscher Sprache)

DAS ENDE DER LIBERALEN ORDNUNG?
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

9:00-10:00

HISTORICAL TRAJECTORIES

Keynote - Jan Kubik (London):
Title tba

Chair: Martin Schulze Wessel (Munich)

10:00-10:15Coffee break
10:15-12:15

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

12:15-13:15Lunch
13:15-15:15

POPULIST SUBJECTIVITIES

Ger Duijzings (Regensburg):
Smears and Insults: Performative Acts of 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)

For further and up-dated information, please visit http://www.gs-oses.de/event-detail-317/events/Annual_Conference_2017.html