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A cultural turn in the study of populism: legacies and mobilising discourses

Institutional and Political Issues
Date: Thursday, 16 January 2020 12:30 - 14:00

Venue: University of Kent, Brussels School for International Studies, Boulevard Louis Schmidt 2a, Etterbeek

Free Public Lecture Series - Prof. Jan Kubik and PhD researcher Marta Kotwas

Registration: https://kubikkotwas16jan.eventbrite.com


Most explanations of the populist “explosion” and the right-wing turn in politics of many countries concentrate on the role of economic insecurity, changes in the political party system, and patterns of mobilization in civil society. We propose an explanation of the rise of populism (particularly its right-wing variety) that considers complex interactions between specific cultural legacies and deliberate actions of cultural and political entrepreneurs.

Jan Kubik (M.A. - Jagiellonian University, Kraków; Ph.D. - Columbia University) is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University and Professor of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London (UCL). Works on the rise of right-wing populism in Europe (https://populism-europe.com/poprebel/), protest politics, and the relationship between politics and culture. The incoming President of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES).

Marta Kotwas is a doctoral student at UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (Philosophy MA - University of Lodz) and a pro-choice activist. She works on socio-cultural interpretations of the rise of right-wing populism and nationalism in CEE, and on the relationship between popular culture and politics in Poland.

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