CFP | CAPPE Annual Conference | Democracy and/or Populism: Exclusion, Equality and Disagreement

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Call for Papers
September 7, 2020 to September 9, 2020
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Humanities, Philosophy, Political History / Studies, Political Science, Sociology

Democracy and/or Populism: 

Exclusion, Equality and Disagreement



Keynote Speakers: Chantal Mouffe & Paula Biglieri

Monday 7thSeptember – Wednesday 9thSeptember 2020

Populism is at the centre of contemporary political, critical and democratic debate. This conference invites reflection on the relationship between Democracy and Populism. Is the demosdistinct from the populus? Is populism a necessary element of democratic politics? Is it a response to the failure of ‘liberal democratic’ capitalism or merely its perverse shadow? Do populist forms of politics open a space for democratic renewal? Is populism of necessity exclusionary and racist? Is the demos equivalent to the people? Has neoliberalism spawned a right-wing and racist populist politics?

The conference calls for papers that see the potential for democratic renewal despite the emergence of reactionary populism across the globe. 

Topics for consideration include (but are by no means limited to) the following:

  • Populism versus Democracy?
  • Populisms around the World: From the Philippines to the US
  • Racism, Populism and Democracy: Trump’s New World Order
  • The Gender Politics of Populism
  • Populism, the Politics of ‘Development’ and Climate Crisis
  • Critique after Populism
  • Populism, Marxism and post-Marxism
  • Theorising Populism
  • The Politics of Affect
  • Gender politics: Populist politics?
  • Digital technologies: articulating a new populus?
  • Histories of Populist Politics
  • Transnational Populism: Ideas, Policies and Practices.
  • The Biopolitics of populism: Borders, Peoples and Nations
  • Brexit, Trump and Anglo-American Populisms
  • Ideology, Truth and Populism

Fees: £150 (Full Rate) / £100 (Reduced/Unwaged)

A number of bursaries are available to support scholars from outside the Global North who would otherwise be unable to attend

Please send abstracts to 31stMarch 2020

Contact Info: 

Ian Sinclair