2014 Sources of Populism in the Balkans Conference, Croatia

2014 Sources of Populism in the Balkans Conference, Croatia

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Interested applicants are invited by the Centre for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Zagreb, for a two-day workshop in Marija Bistrica Croatia (an hour north of Zagreb in Zagorje) to explore the diversity of sources for political populism in the Balkans.

The workshop rationale is to explore the socio-economic concerns of social groups usually associated with populism and extremism. The concept for the workshop begins with the premise that much social research on populism, both historical and contemporary.

Eligible Topics:

The organizers are looking for contributions in the form of contextualised case studies which discuss the preconditions for populism, as well as the reasons why in certain circumstances members of vulnerable groups do or do not respond to populist ideas. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • definitions and theoretical debates on populism and populist politics/social movements;
  • populist discourses and discourse strategies ‘from above’: utilizing Nationalism, Fascism, Anti- Elitism, Religion, Gender, Anti-Semitism, Euro-scepticism, etc;
  • positioning and reaction of social groups ‘from below’: ‘transition losers’, unemployed and/or working poor, veterans, refugees, ethnic minorities, LGBT, pensioners to populist politics;
  • global and European contextualization of Southeast European populism with North American and Western European populist movements.

Benefits:

  • Accommodation will be covered by the organisers
  • limited travel grants will be made available (contingent on the timely submission of papers).

Eligibility:

  • Open to candidates Worldwide submitting contextualised case studies which discuss the preconditions for populism,

Application Procedure:

  • The organizers invite abstracts (max. 400 words) and short CVs (max. 3 pages) to be submitted  to [email protected]
  • Accepted participants will be notified in late May.
  • Draft papers of 5,000-8,000 words need to be submitted by the 15th of October 2014.

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