The New Populist Right and Europe: Visions and Divisions – University of Copenhagen

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The New Populist Right and Europe: Visions and Divisions

International research workshop at the University of Copenhagen

Date: November 29, 2017

Time: 09:00-16:30

Location: Copenhagen University, Nørregade 10, 'udvalgsværelse' (room) 4

(If you are interested in attending please send an email to professor Hans-Jörg Trenz, )  

Abstract of the workshop:

The new populist right has emerged as a political force all over Europe. Populist right-wing political parties and movements draw on symbolic references to traditional nationalism as well as the mobilisation of anti-European sentiments. At the same time, new populist forces move strategically within the European political space where their visions, ideologies and agendas are shared and often converge in the rejection of globalization, migration or human rights. At the same time, different regions of Europe (West vs. East, North vs. South) experience different types of populist politics. In this workshop, we focus on the strategies and ideas of the new populist right in Europe. The question to be addressed is how styles and discourses of political mobilization of the populist right converge and diverge and how these processes can be explained. 

At the workshop, speakers will discuss populist visions, ideologies and agendas from different angles and from different regions in Western, Eastern and Southern Europe. The starting point is the relative success of populist right-wing mobilization that occurs simultaneously in several parts of Europe. The first section will focus on conceptual framework for understanding populist right-wing parties. The second, thrid and fourth section will present comparative approaches, exploring the different expressions this new political movement has found in different European regions.


9:00-10.30 Section 1: European Perspectives

  • The New Right and Europe: Introductory remarks - HANS-JÖRG TRENZ and MIKLOS SUKOSD (University of Copenhagen)

  • “Mainstreaming of right wing populist images in election campaigns and social media: Germany, Denmark, Sweden” –  NICOLE DOERR (University of Copenhagen)                                                                                                                       

Discussant: Verena Braendle (University of Copenhagen)

Coffee Break

10:45-12:30  Section 2: Southern Europe

  • 'Nationalist issue framing: Party competition and the far right in Greece DAPHNE HALIKIOPOULOU (University of Reading, UK)

Discussant: Spyros Sofos (Lund University, Sweden)

  • A new wave of populism pervades Italy: the Five Star Movement in a comparative perspective"  LISA LANZONE (University of Genova, Italy)

Discussant: Hans-Jörg Trenz (University of Copenhagen)

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:00 Section 3: Northern Europe and Eastern Europe

    (University of Oslo, Norway)           

Discussant: Marc Guinconc (Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona)

  • “Populism in Poland" – DAVID OST (Hobart & William Smith Colleges, U.S.)           

Discussant: Mattias Nowak (University of Lund)

Coffee Break

15:15-16:30  Section 4: International perspectives and summary       

  • "Russia's strategic support to right-wing populist parties in Europe"- PÉTER KRÉKÓ (Political Capital Institute, Hungary)

Discussant: Miklos Sukosd         

Summary and next steps – plenary discussion (moderated by MIKLOS SUKOSD and HANS-JÖRG TRENZ)

This workshop is organized in the framework of EURECO (European Research at the University of Copenhagen, and Eurochallenge (Europe and New Global Challenges, UCPH Excellence Programme for Interdisciplinary Research, It continues a related public lecture series, “Towards a New Political Right in Europe?” that was held  at the University of Copenhagen in fall 2016.