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Public panel debate: “Contesting the Populist Challenge: Beyond ‘Orbanism’ and ‘Trumpism’ and the Normalisation of Exclusion”

Tid: 2017-11-15 14:00 -- 2017-11-15 16:00
Plats: Orkanen: Room E439, Nordenskiöldsgatan 10, 211 19 Malmö
Målgrupp: Everyone

Welcome to the public panel debate connected to the symposium "Contesting the Populist Challenge: Beyond 'Orbanism' and 'Trumpism' and the Normalisation of Exclusion"


Panel participants:

Anna Triandafyllidou, Professor, Global Governance Programme, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Daniel Wiklander, Temporary Editor in Cheif, Expo

Pieter Bevelander, Professor in International Migration and Ethnic Relations(IMER) at Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, Malmö Univeristy

Ruth Wodak, Guest Professor in memory of Willy Brandt at MIM, Malmö University and Emerita Distinguished Professor at lancaster University



Opening remarks by Rebecka Lettevall, Dean of the Faculty of Culture and Society, Malmö University

The pandel debate is moderated by Christian Fernandez, Associate Professor at the Department of Global Political Studies and researcher at Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, Malmö University


Currently, the European Union, Europe, the US (and beyond) are experiencing the rise of extreme right-wing parties as well as the growing accommodation/normalization of the political mainstream to the restrictive agenda of such parties – accordingly, a strong move to the right can be observed in the mainstream. Although many politicians and journalists seemed more reassured after the national elections in the Netherlands (March 2017) and in France (May 2017) (when Geert Wilders’ PVV and Marine Le Pen’s FN did not win majorities), authoritarian tendencies and related policies in the US, Turkey, Hungary and Poland are the cause of much concern at national and European levels, due to their Eurosceptic stance, illiberal ideologies, conservative values, and rejection of solidarity. Moreover, the recent national election in Germany in September 2017 introduced a new political era into post-war German politics as the far-right party AfD won 13% of the votes and will be the first party of its kind to be represented in the Deutscher Bundestag after 1945. In Austria, the extreme right wing party FPÖ won 26% of the votes (3rd place) in spite of the People Party’s intentional and strategic move to the right while adopting many programmatic proposals from the FPÖ.

The Symposium “Contesting Orbanism and Trumpism” is an urgent scholarly and political response to the challenges posed by such parties and programs to the idea of a ‘social Europe’ and a more egalitarian world. The manifold reasons for the rise of far-right parties have to be discussed in a context-dependent way, as there is no one-size-fits-all explanation. The panel will examine the ongoing rise and complex dynamics of right-wing populism and of the extreme right in several EU member states and beyond.

A warm welcome!

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