[PLing] WG: Invitation to MIM Symposium "Contesting the Populist Challenge" 16-17 November 2017

Wodak, Ruth r.wodak at lancaster.ac.uk
Mon Sep 11 23:35:42 CEST 2017

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Von: MIM - Malmö högskola [mailto:mim at mah.se]
Gesendet: Montag, 11. September 2017 17:42
An: MIM - Malmö högskola <mim at mah.se>
Betreff: Invitation to MIM Symposium "Contesting the Populist Challenge" 16-17 November 2017

Dear colleagues,

Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM) at Malmö University is pleased to invite you to the symposium "Contesting the Populist Challenge: Beyond 'Orbanism' and 'Trumpism' and the Normalisation of Exclusion" on 16-17 November 2017 in Malmö, Sweden.

The format of the symposium will be four panels with the following topics and four invited keynote lectures:

Panel A - Impact of the 'Refugee Crisis' on the rise of the radical right?

In this panel, the focus will be on the development, mediatisation, securitization and Europeanization of the huge flow of refugees since 2015, national and transnational responses as well as the role of civil society agencies.

Panel B - The Search for alternative policies: How to deal with the re/production of anxieties and resentment?

To date, the traditional left-wing and progressive parties have not been able to prevent losing large parts of their electorate to the radical right. Right-wing populist parties seem to be caught in a dilemma: on the one hand, in the attempt of reinstalling a politics of the past, i.e. a nostalgic anachronism; on the other, promising radical change - without clear programs. A panel should explore the reasons for these developments.

Panel C - "Illiberal Democracy" and (European) Responses to Far-Right Changes in Values, Treaties, and Policies

Some radical right parties in government have started to undermine democratic institutions; others endorse traditional patriarchal family values or deny climate change. Which are the arguments and how could such a process of 'endarkenment' (@ J. Freedland) be countered? The third panel should discuss the complexities of such policies and related debates, and assess the impact of 'post-truth' politics.

Panel D - The Return of History and the rise of totalitarianism

 In the fourth panel we want to explore and discuss the attempts to undermine democracy and democratic institutions (such as media, justice, education, etc.). Such actions are planned and / or already being implemented in several European countries and in the US.  No wonder that Orwell's 1984 and Arendt's Totalitarianism have become best-selling books again.

The symposium will be held at Sankt Gertruds Konferens in Malmö, Sweden. The conference dinner on the evening of 16 November will be hosted by the City of Malmö at the City Hall (Rådhuset). For more information on the symposium and its panels, please visit the symposium web page<http://mah.se/english/research/Centers/Malmo-Institute-for-Studies-of-Migration-Diversity-and-Welfare/About-MIM/Guest-Professorship-in-Memory-of-Willy-Brandt/Symposium-2017/>.

There is a limited number of participants for both the conference and the dinner at City Hall. As the Symposium will likely be fully booked, it is recommended that you register as soon as possible. To register, please email Angela Andersen at mim at mah.se<mailto:mim at mah.se> with the following information:

·                 Name, title/position and institution

·                 Which day(s) you will be attending

·                 If you are also attending the conference dinner on 16 November

·                 If you have any food allergies or special dietary needs for the lunches and dinner

Best regards,

Pieter Bevelander, Professor and Director of Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM), Malmö University

Ruth Wodak, Guest Professor in Memory of Willy Brandt at MIM, Malmö University and Emerita Distinguished Professor at Lancaster University

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