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What is left and what is right in populism? Rethinking populism and popular sovereignty in historical perspective

When: Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Speakers: Philippe Marlière (UCL), Stijn van Kessel (QMUL, Emmy Eklundh (King's College, London), Lorna Finlayson (University of Essex)

In this roundtable event we seek to hear from scholars working across a range of disciplines about the relationship between populist and progressive politics as this bears upon the current political climate. Is left populism a ‘myth’? If not, what distinguishes it from right wing populism? Can a progressive vision of the ‘people’ exist (Žižek, 2018) without populism? What do contemporary struggles over popular sovereignty say about core categories of left politics, labour, class, social democracy and democratic socialism?

Organised by: Simon Reid-Henry (QMUL) and Eva Nanopoulos (QMUL)

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