Centre for Research in Communication and Culture


24 October 2018

Yannis Stavrakakis - Populism, anti-populism and crisis: Challenges for democracy in post-Brexit Europe

Presented By CRCC Seminar Series

About this event


This lecture will focus on two crucial issues involved in the formation and political trajectory of populism. First, it will explore the role of crisis in the articulation of populist discourse. We will reconsider the way populism and crisis are related, mapping the different modalities this relation can take and advancing further their theorization from the point of view of a discursive theory of the political. Second, we will focus on the antagonistic language games developed around populist representations, something that has not attracted equal attention in the scholarly literature. Highlighting the need to study anti-populism together with populism, focusing on their mutual constitution, we will test the ensuing theoretical framework in an analysis of the Greek case, a recent example of inclusionary populism emerging within the European crisis landscape. Links will be drawn to other recent cases, like the UK and Italy.


Yannis Stavrakakis is Professor of Political Discourse Analysis at the School of Political Sciences of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, coordinator of the POPULISMUS Observatory and co-convener of the Populism Specialist Group of the British Political Studies Association (PSA). He is the author of Lacan and the Political (Routledge, 1999) and The Lacanian Left (SUNY Press, 2007) and co-editor of Discourse Theory and Political Analysis (Manchester University Press, 2000).