Now-Time Us-Space is an international research project funded by Kone Foundation for 2021-24, at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki. Political science, philosophy and geography collaborate on spatial-temporal basis of populism.
The aim of the project is to develop tools to disentangle populism as a hegemonic or hegemony-challenging force and the underpinnings of its affective practices. We focus on an under-explored question in populism research: how spaces interact in the making of a collective subjectivity. We research HOW, WHEN, and WHERE contemporary forms of us-building emerge. The project is a multi-sited research and rhetoric-performative analysis of mainly physical but also virtual place-making and populism across Europe. We investigate contemporary politics of memory and space in Central and Eastern Europe: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Kosovo, and the Eastern länder of Germany.