ICA Pre-Conference at Central European University, Budapest
May 22-23, 2018
The study of populism has never been more important than today in light of recent social, political and economic tumult, and developments in transnational media cultures. Across the world there have been numerous populist backlashes against elected governments and their policies. The emergent concerns of citizens about, for example, immigration and economic austerity have been exploited by a range of political opportunists, many with access to media resources. A proliferation of digital and social media is in some countries providing new cultural spaces for these actors to disseminate their messages and gain mainstream media attention.
In addition, established political communicators are not immune to the populist impulse. Some mainstream political parties and politicians, for example, have adopted populist rhetoric in order to ensure electoral support, and some mainstream media organizations, facing increasing commercial competition, have pandered to populist political agendas.
While populist politics is a well-documented feature of modern political culture, and sometimes meets not only with critique but with praise for challenging ossified practices and values of pragmatic democratic politics, the communicative aspects of populism have been underexplored or ignored.
Moreover, populist movements are often analyzed with a particular focus on European and American right-wing movements. But populist movements and upheavals have appeared from the Philippines to India to Turkey to Russia. At the same time, variations of populism have arisen on both the right and the left (and in-between) and have surfaced in a variety of political systems and traditions.
This pre-conference aims to introduce global perspectives on the study of media, communication and populism, welcoming conceptually innovative submissions that examine populist communication and culture from all around the world. Recognizing the location of the pre-conference, the Hungarian capital of Budapest, the conference will also dedicate an open-to-the public panel to the rise of populism in East-Central Europe.
The venue of the conference, Central European University, is rich in symbolism, as this university has recently been attacked by the populist government of Hungary. This symbolism will hopefully add to the liveliness of the discussions, which we expect to be relevant to academics in a diverse set of disciplines and fields (communication studies, sociology, political science, cultural studies, history, among others) and to non-academics as well.
*Confirmed Keynote Speakers*
Professor Michael Ignatieff, President and Rector, Central European University
Professor Srirupa Roy, University of Göttingen
Professor Michael Schudson, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University
We invite scholars to submit abstracts (maximum 500 words) of theoretical and empirical research papers to
the pre-conference organizers at GMSNConference@lboro.ac.uk no later than 15th December 2017.
Authors will be informed of acceptance/rejection decisions no later than 30th January 2018.
Accepted abstracts will be posted to the pre-conference website in advance of the event.
Please direct questions on submissions or any aspect of the pre-conference to GMSNConference@lboro.ac.uk