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Network seminar Sundsvall 18-19 March 2014

We are delighted to announce our 4th NOPO network seminar, organized by Mid Sweden University in Sundsvall

Last modified: 04.08.2015

Welcome to the 4th NOPO-network seminar at Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall. We are now accepting proposals and presentations from network members to the research panels. It is possible to submit a proposal for a panel (with several papers) or an abstract for a presentation. In the latter case, the organisers will divide the abstracts into thematic panels.

The abstract (max. 250 words) should include the title, the name, affiliation and e-mail address of the presenter(s). The participants are also requested to provide information on whether they wish to present a full paper or give an oral presentation.

Please send the abstracts and workshop proposals to noposundsvall2014@gmail.com
Deadline for abstract submission is 31.01.2014.

Keynote speaker

Media and Populism

Prof. Toril Aalberg, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Toril Aaalberg, is Professor of Political Science and Media Sociology at the Department of Sociology and Political Science of Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. One of her current comparative research projects, Mediating of Migration, analyses how news media frame migration. She is also the leader of a new COST project on media and populism.

Prof. Gianpietro Mazzoleni, University of Milan
Prof. Gianpietro Mazzoleni is Professor of Sociology of Mass Communication and Political Communication at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Milan. He is the co-editor of The Media and Neo-Populism: A Contemporary Comparative Analysis (Praeger Publishers, 2003), where eight country studies focus on the role that ‘media factors’ play in the rise and development of neo-populist movements and parties.

The deadline for registrations to the network meeting is 15.02.2014.

For questions, please contact Kerstin Nyström

The conference is organized by Mid Sweden University in Sundsvall.The conference hotel Elite Knaust is located in the city centre, just a few blocks away from the conference venue.

Monday 17 March 2014


20:00 Dinner for those who have arrived (we meet in hotel lobby)
Ristorante Invito, Storgatan 6-8, http://sundsvall.invitobar.se


Tuesday 18 March 2014

Venue: Nordea, Kyrkogatan 15
09.30 – 10.00 Registration and coffee                                                     
10.00 – 10.15 Welcome by Susi Meret & Lars Nord
10.15 – 12.45 Keynote lectures (Chair: Lars Nord)

Prof. Gianpietro Mazzoleni, University of Milan:
The Media and Neo-Populism in Contemporary Democracies

Prof. Toril Aalberg, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim:
Populist Political Communication in Europe: Comprehending the Challenge of Mediated Political Populism for Democratic Politics


12.45 – 14:00 Lunch (Oscar Matsal & Bar, Bankgatan 11)
14:00 – 15:45 Paper presentations: Populism and Political Communication (Chair: Susi Meret)

Dr. Benjamin Moffitt, University of Stockholm:
How Do Populists Represent ‘The People’. Conceptualizing the Role of Mediation in Contemporary Populism

PhD stud. Laura Parkkinen, University of Turku/University of Jyväskylä:
Forgotten People and the God. Finnish Populism as a Communication Style

PhD Researcher Thaddeus C. Ndukwe, University of Jyväskylä:
Forgotten People? The Case of Afropolitans in Finland

PhD stud. Katarina Pettersson:
Presentation of research plan


15:45 – 16:00 Coffe break


Venue: Hotel Knaust, Storgatan 13



Prof. Jesper Strömbäck, Mid Sweden University (former Principal Secretary of the Swedish Government Commission on the Future of Sweden):
The Inescapable Populism: Some Reflections


19:00 Dinner


Wednesday 19 March 2014

Venue: Kulturmagasinet, Programsalen, Packhusgatan 4


09:00 – 10:45 Paper presentations: Populism and Political Parties (Chair: Suvi Keskinen)

Univ. Lect. Hilmar L. Mjelde, Bergen University:
A New Source of Linkage: Non-Member Participation in Western European Parties

Dr.Soc.Sci. Ov Cristian Norocel, University of Helsinki:
Multiple inequalities amidst the European crisis: The gendered political performative of European populist radical right (2009–2014)
MA stud. Lise Lund Bjånesöy, University of Bergen:
Cleavage Structures and the Populism Radical Right. A New Winning Formula in Western Europe?

Dr. Niklas Bolin, Dr. Gustav Lidén / Dr. Jon Nyhlén, Mid Sweden University:
Local Refugee Reception and the Impact of the Sweden Democrats


10.45 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30 Panel: The Sweden Democrats and The Media: Super Election Year 2014 (Chair: Lars Nord)

Björn Häger, freelance journalist and writer
Sofia Mirjamsdotter, editorial writer, Sundsvalls Tidning
Susanne Sjöstedt, editorial writer, Tidningen Ångermanland


12.30 – 13.15 Concluding remarks and future network activities
13.15 - ? Lunch - Hotell Knaust