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Horizontality, Verticality and Progressive Populism: Challenges for theory and practice

  • 27 February 2019
  • 1pm-3pm
  • Room SCH.1.05, Schofield building

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Speaker: Alexandros Kioupkiolis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Chair: Athina Karatzogianni (University of Leicester)
Populism 2.0: New movements towards progressive populism
Alexandros Kioupkiolis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

This presentation looks into populist social movements and their re-emergence in recent years. Research in recent ‘bottom-up’ populism, such as the ‘Arab Spring’ and the Spanish 15M, has been growing over the last years. But the difference that the new populist mobilizations have made to the conventional populism remains underexplored. The presentation deploys the rubric ‘populism 2.0’ to capture this difference and to elucidate its democratic promises by inquiring into egalitarian, progressive mobilizations which could be associated with the left and have been endorsed by leftist populist parties, including Podemos in Spain and Syriza in Greece.
‘Populism 2.0’ is not meant to imply mainly that these movements were Internet-based or suffused with social media. Rather, the argument is that a certain ethos attributed to ‘network society’ or the Web 2.0 – openness, user-generated content, diversity, rejection of hierarchies, transparency, pragmatism, fluidity, reflexivity – is what truly sets them apart both from the typical, top-down populisms and from populist movements of the past. It is this distinct ethos which bears egalitarian and emancipatory potentials.
The presentation will be followed up by a 10 minute response and commentary by Athina Karatzogianni. The floor will then open for questions/comments by the audience and open discussion. 

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