Populism Research Group
The Populism Research Group (PRG) at Loughborough University was established in 2018 and aspires to build a dynamic School-wide intellectual community for Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) and members of staff working on different aspects of the populist phenomenon.
The aims of the group are to:
- establish an informal space for the discussion, critique and development of theoretical and empirical studies on populism;
- support and link research on populism across scholarly disciplines in the University;
- coordinate with other Universities and external networks to promote international collaborative research and outreach activities;
- organise seminars and reading groups for postgraduate researchers working on populism as well as high-profile guest lectures that can appeal to broader audiences
- facilitate innovative research that can feed into teaching and learning activities;
- seek external funding for collaborative research projects on populist politics.
The group aligns with the Social, Political and Cultural Theory current of the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture at Loughborough University but also fosters interdisciplinary research with colleagues grouped in the Political Communication and Nations, Migrations and Citizenship themes. It is linked internationally with the POPULISMUS network (based at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), the Populism Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association and collaborates with DESIRE (Centre for the Study of Democracy, Signification and Resistance in Brussels).
Group convener: Giorgos Katsambekis.
Our activities (guest lectures, presentations, reading group sessions, etc.) are free and open to all. Our schedule for the academic year 2018-2019 can be found below.
|Events / Seminars in 2018-19|
|Date / time||Name of speaker/presenter||Theme||Format||Room||Information|
|10 October (Wednesday) 13:00 – 14:00||Giorgos Katsambekis (Loughborough University)||‘Developments in populist studies. Mapping a booming field, setting an agenda’||Presentation of the research group. Discussion on scope, activities, collaborations||K109 Manzoni Building|
|24 October (Wednesday) 13:00 – 14:00||Yannis Stavrakakis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)||‘Populism, anti-populism and crisis: challenges for democracy in post-Brexit Europe’||Guest lecture in the context of the CRCC seminar series||U122 Brockington Extension building||Abstract & presenter bio|
|7 November (Wednesday) 13:00 – 14:00||Ruth Kinna (Loughborough University)||‘Radicalism – Situating contemporary movement practices’||Internal speaker||K109 Manzoni building|
|21 November (Wednesday) 13:00 – 14:00||Emmy Eklundh (King’s College London)||‘Why populists aren’t mad: The role of emotions in contemporary politics’||Guest lecture||K109 Manzoni building||Abstract & presenter bio|
|5 December (Wednesday) 13:00 – 14:00||Lazaros Karavasilis (Loughborough University)||‘Comparing right- and left-wing populism in Greece and Germany’||PGR presentation||K109 Manzoni building|
|27 February (Wednesday) 13:00 - 15:00||Alexandros Kioupkiolis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Athina Karatzogianni (University of Leicester)
|‘Horizontality, Verticality and Progressive Populism: Challenges for theory and practice’||Seminar||SCH.1.05
|20 March (Wednesday) 14:00 - 16:00||Jonas Staal||‘Performing the people: populism in political science and in artistic performance’||Discussion with Arts & Politics PGRs. In collaboration with the Politicized Practice Research Group. Re-imagining Citizenship and Nation theme||K109 Manzoni building|
Marco Antonsich (Geography)
Lazaros Karavasilis (Politics and International Studies)
Stavros Kartsonas (Politics and International Studies)
Giorgos Katsambekis (Politics and International Studies)
Ruth Kinna (Politics and International Studies)
Caglar Ozturk (Politics and International Studies)
Panos Panayotou (Politics and International Studies)
Giulia Piccolino (Politics and International Studies)
James Stanyer (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)
Václav Štětka (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)
Thomas Swann (Politics and International Studies)
Maria Tsiko (Politics and International Studies)
Benjamin De Cleen (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Emmy Eklundh (King’s College London)
Simona Guerra (University of Leicester)
Alexandros Kioupkiolis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Aurelien Mondon (University of Bath)
Marina Prentoulis (University of East Anglia)
Yannis Stavrakakis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
- Benjamin De Cleen, Benjamin Moffitt, Panos Panayotu & Yannis Stavrakakis, Y. (2019) 'The Potentials and Difficulties of Transnational Populism: The Case of the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25),' Political Studies, OnlineFirst, DOI: 10.1177/0032321719847576
- Giorgos Katsambekis & Alexandros Kioupkiolis (eds) (2019) The Populist Radical Left in Europe, Abingdon & New York: Routledge.
- Stavros Kartsonas will present his work at the Moving Media, Memory, and History PGR Conference, 13 June 2019, Loughborough University
- Lazaros Karavasilis, Stavros Kartsonas and Panos Panayotou will present their work at the International Conference in Ideology and Discourse Analysis, 31 May - 1 June 2019, University of Essex
- Lazaros Karavasilis will present his work at the postgraduate Populism Study Circle Seminar at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 22 May 2019
- Lazaros Karavasilis will join the Centre for Political Research at Panteion University in Athens as a Visiting Researcher in May 2019.
- Lazaros Karavasilis and Panos Panayotou will present their work at the seminar of the Research Network for the Analysis of Political Discourse of the Hellenic Political Science Association on the 10th of May 2019.
- Giorgos Katsambekis was elected as co-convener of the Populism Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association (PSA) for a 3-year term.
- Panos Panayotou and Lazaros Karavasilis presented their work at the 69th Annual International Conference of the Political Studies Association (PSA) in Nottingham (15-17 April 2019).
- The 3rd annual Workshop of the Populism Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association (PSA) was held at Loughborough University on the 12th and 13th of April 2019. Presenters came from various universities of the UK, from across Europe as well as from India and Turkey. Members of the Loughborough Populism Research Group, Panos Panayotou and Thomas Swann also presented their work. All panels, as well as the two Keynotes, were extremely well attended.
- Giorgos Katsambekis was invited by the Nationalism, Populism, and Radicalism research group of the University of Bath to present his work at a seminar titled 'Interrogating Populism' on 28 March 2019.
- Lazaros Karavasilis will be Visiting Researcher at WZB Berlin Social Science Center, working in the Research Unit Democracy and Democratization, between 28 February and 25 April 2019.
- Call for Papers: 3rd Populism Specialist Group (PSA) Workshop, 12-13 April 2019. The confirmed Keynote speakers for the Workshop are Ruth Wodak (Lancaster University) and Michael Freeden (University of Oxford).