Queen Mary Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS)

Queen Mary Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS)

Queen Mary Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS)

The IHSS brings together some of the world’s finest scholars from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary University of London to share ideas, develop new lines of research, and explore innovative approaches to scholarly problems and public concerns alike.

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IHSS welcomes 16 new Strategic Lecturers across the Faculty’s 8 schools of Business and Management, English and Drama, Economics and Finance, Geography, History, Law, Politics and International Relations, Languages, Linguistics and Film. 

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Authority and populism in the age of Trump - 17 October 2019 [PDF 1,331KB]
Michael Walzer visits IHSS

On October 24th the IHSS welcomed Michael Walzer to Queen Mary for a fascinating talk, held in association with the Mile End Institute and the Stuart Hall Foundation, on Authority and Populism in the Age of Trump. The talk covered everything from Jeremy Corbyn’s foreign policy to the politics of bake sales (Walzer, it turns out, prefers the latter).

Professor Walzer opened on a tale of two Americas – one rich and one poor – drawn from two cities close to his own heart: Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where he was born and grew up, and Princeton, New Jersey, where he has spent much of his working life. He went on to explore the nature of the American left’s response to the political crisis under Donald Trump in America. Walzer shared a number of personal anecdotes exploring how and why the interests of the working class are not always what the political elite presume. In that sense the birthing water of the Trump phenomenon has been there all along, and a more open and progressive elite in the US might have done better, runs the implication, to listen to these voters before Trump did. 

A lively Q&A led by Queen Mary’s Kim Hutchings then followed, pulling out some of the implications of Walzer's analysis of American politics for the UK. This provided professor Walzer with the chance to say a few more words about the dangers of sectarianism in left politics and the potential he sees in a liberal form of patriotism, drawing on an essay he is currently writing on the topic.