Prague Populism Conference: What has changed with the pandemic?

   May 17, 2021 1:00 AM - May 19, 2021 11:00 PM

DEMOS H2020 scholars will present research at the 6th Prague Populism Conference, an annual event dedicated to discussing trends and studies on populist politics. The event will be held online between May 17-19 and is co-organised by the DEMOS consortium partner Charles University in Prague as well as the Czech branches of the Heinrich Böll institute and the Goethe institute. Registration is free of charge through this link

The conference’s goal is to analyse recent changes in European populist parties and movements in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. The outbreak has changed political narratives, policy making, and the behavior of politicians in Europe. Not only mainstream but also populist actors had to adapt their strategy to the crisis situation. The conference will discuss these changes and new trends from several angles including a gender backlash in the Central-Eastern European region. 

DEMOS at the Prague Populism Conference

Monday, May 17

6–7:30 PM (CEST)—Project co-investigator in Prague, Martin Mejstřík (Charles University), with Angelika Ridder, director of the Goethe-Institut Czech Republic, and Adéla Jurečková, head of the Prague Office of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, kick off the conference followed by a public discussion on populism in the context of the coronavirus pandemic in Central Europe.

Tuesday, May 18
(This part of the conference will be held via Zoom. Registration is needed until May, 14.)

2–3:45 PM (CEST)—DEMOS co-investigator Giuliano Bobba, and team members Federico Vegetti, Arturo Bertero, Moreno Mancosu, and Antonella Seddone (University of Turin) explore populist communication on Facebook with other scholars studying the populist phenomenon.

Wednesday, May 19
(This part of the conference will be held via Zoom. Registration is needed until May, 14.)

9:20–9:30 AM (CEST)—DEMOS principal investigator and project leader Zsolt Boda (Centre for Social Sciences, Budapest), presents the DEMOS H2020 project and its developments.

10:45 AM–12:30 PM (CEST)—Attila Bartha (Centre for Social Sciences, Budapest) and DEMOS co-investigator Artur Lipiński (Adam Mickiewicz University) zoom in on populist governance and policy making in Hungary and Poland at a section exploring the populist leadership in both countries.

2–3:45 PM (CEST)—Zsolt Boda, Béla Janky, and Tamás Keller (Centre for Social Sciences) will discuss research that looked into school bullying, empathy, and populist attitudes, with a focus on exploring the connections between these features. 

6–7:30 PM (CEST)—Mejstřík presents the book “Current Populism: Gender-Backlash and Counter-strategies”. The publication, with three chapters authored by DEMOS scholars, compiles a new populist trend in the Central-Eastern Europe. 

More information and registration

Access the full conference programme here.

Day 1 (May 17)
Opening of the conference and public discussion: populism and the pandemic in Central Europe:

  • Watch live day one (English) on YouTube.
  • Watch live day one (Czech translation) on YouTube

Day 2 (May 18)
Academic panels:

  • Registration is required and sessions will be streamed live via Zoom application. Register here until May, 14.

Day 3 (May 19)
Presentation of the book “Current Populism: Gender-Backlash and Counter-strategies”

  • Watch live day three (English) on YouTube.
  • Watch live day three (Czech translation) on YouTube.

Social Media

  • Sign up for the conference on its Facebook page for up to date information here

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