CONFERENCE: Emotions, Populism and Polarised Politics, Media and Culture Conference August 2019

We have the pleasure to invite you to our two-day conference titled Emotions, Populism and Polarised Politics, Media, and Culture“, aka the first Helsinki Conference on Emotions, Populism and Polarisation, taking place at the University of Helsinki,August 19-20, 2019.

The conference is organized by two Academy of Finland funded projects,Mainstreaming Populism in the 21st Century (MaPo),andWhirl of Knowledge: Cultural Populism in European Polarised Politics and Societies (WhiKnow).It is also organized in connection with two Helsinki Summer School courses “Rhetoric-Performative and Post-Foundational Analysis” and “Populism on the Loose in Europe and Beyond”. Both draw on the political philosophy of Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, taking forward the discourse theoretical, hegemony-focused Essex school approach.

The conference seeks to address different issues from both theoretical and empirical perspectives, especially those exploring the intersection of different positionalities and challenging bounded national contexts. Some indicative themes are:

  • Populism and social movements
  • Radical democracy
  • Subjectivity, affects and gender
  • Politics, polarization, hybrid media
  • Cultural populism and politics

Confirmed keynote speakers
Emmy Eklundh (King’s College London)
Mark Devenney (University of Brighton)

Participant profile
We look forward to researchers from different fields of humanities and social sciences (political science, sociology, area and cultural studies, history, media and communication studies, gender studies, indigenous studies, anthropology etc.) whose research deals with post-structuralist and post-foundational discourse theory and its affiliated fields. We encourage the participation of early-career researchers. MA and PhD students, who are participants of the aforementioned summer school courses, can take part in the conference as guests. They can also take part as presenters in panel sessions devoted specifically to their research projects on Wednesday, August 21.
Organisation, and costs

The modest conference fee 50/80 euros (students and non-salaried / salaried) includes tea, coffee, and lunches, as well as the confer-ence dinner on Monday. The summer school course students do not pay extra for participating at the conference.

Check out the facebook event on MaPo page.

We look forward to your participation!

Conference organisers Emilia Palonen, Virpi Salojärvi and Marina Vulovic, and the WhiKnow and MaPo teams.