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.

For additional information or enquiries, contact us at: G.Katsambekis@lboro.ac.uk and L.Karavasilis@lboro.ac.uk.

Our activities (guest lectures, presentations, reading group sessions, etc.) are free and open to all. Our schedule for the academic year 2019-2020 can be found below.

Date / time / roomSpeaker/presenterThemeInformation
6 November (Wednesday)
13:00 – 14:00
U122 Brockington Building
Aurelien Mondon
(University of Bath)
The mainstreaming of the far right: populism, racism and "the people" In collaboration with the
CRCC Seminar Series
13 November (Wednesday)
13:00 – 14:00
K105 Manzoni Building
Václav Štětka
(Loughborough University) 
Mediating populism: the impact of news exposure on populist attitudes and
party support during the 2019 EP elections
 
20 November (Wednesday)
13:00 – 14:00
K109 Manzoni building
Steven Parfitt
(Loughborough University
Populism and the Knights of Labor in the late-19th-century US  

Members 

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)

External associates

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)

  • Lazaros Karavasilis has published an article in the WZB Democracy Blog titled 'Studying populism and distinguishing it from other -isms.' It can be accessed here.
  • Panos Panayotu has published a co-authored article in the Democratic Audit, titled 'The Democracy in Europe Movement (DiEM25) and the limitations of transnational populism.' It can be accessed here.
  • 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).

Past events (2018-19)

Date / timeSpeaker/presenterThemeFormatRoomInformation
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 
Schofield building
 
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