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Seminar Turku, 21 - 22 May 2013

We are delighted to announce our 3rd NOPO network seminar, organized by University of Turku, Finland

Last modified: 04.08.2015

Welcome to the 3rd NOPO-network seminar at the University of Turku, Finland. 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 nopoturku2013@gmail.com. The deadline for abstract submission is 25.03.2013.

Keynote speakers

Dr. Ben Pitcher, University of Westminster: The North and the Left. New Geographies of Racial Politics

Dr. Ben Pitcher is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Westminster, UK. He is the author of The Politics of Multiculturalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), an account of the racial politics of the British State under New Labour. He has also studied Barack Obama's 'post-black' politics and the relationship between race and neoliberal capitalism.

Dr. Baukje Prins, The Hague University of Applied Sciences: Headscarfs, Homosexuals and Hooligans. Issues of Gender and Sexuality in the Dutch Populist Discourse

Dr. Baukje Prins is Associate Professor of Citizenship and Diversity at the Hague University of Applied Sciences. She has conducted research on the discourse of 'new realism' in Dutch politics, the Dutch immigration and integration debates and the role of gender and sexuality in these debates. She has published in the areas of cultural studies, feminism, political philosophy, ethics, and ethnic and migration studies.

The deadline for registrations to the network meeting is 15.04.2013.

For questions, please contact Minna Seikkula

Monday 20th of May 2013

20.00 - Dinner for those who have arrived


Tuesday 21st of May 2013

Venue: PUB3, Publicum

9.30 - 10.00 Registration with coffee
10.00 - 10.15 Welcoming words by Suvi and Susi
10.15 - 12.45

Keynote speaker:

Dr. Ben Pitcher, University of Westminster, UK: The North and the Left: New Geographies of Racial Politics

Dr. Baukje Prins, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands: Headscarfs, Homosexuals and Hooligans. Issues of Gender and Sexuality in the Dutch Populist Discourse


12.45 - 14.00 Lunch (Hus Lindman)
14.15 - 17.30

Parallel thematic workshops (3) incl. coffee break - see list for workshops

Workshop 1: The historical roots of right-wing populism and current trends

Workshop 2: Crisis, welfare chauvinism and immigration

Workshop 3: Populist parties: voting, strategies and leadership

19.30 - Dinner


Wednesday 22nd of May 2013

Venue: Publicum

9.00 - 10.30


Theoretical, methodological and conceptual approaches to the research on right-wing populism - Perspectives, challenges, position


(Chair: Susi Meret)

Panel discussion with:

David Arter (University of Tampere)
Cecilie Banke (Danish Institute for International Studies)
Anders Hellström (Malmö University) Peter Hervik (Aalborg University)
Emilia Palonen (University of Helsinki) Birte Siim (Aalborg University)


 10.30 - 10.45 Break
 10.45 - 12.15

The (True) Finns Party, the Media and the Changing Horizons of Finnish Politics

(Chair: Gavan Titley)

Panel discussion with:

Karina Horsti (Cultural politics, University of Juväskylä)
Ann-Cathrine Jungar (Political Science Södertörn University)
Heikki Paloheimo (Political science, University of Tampere)
Erkka Railo (centemporary history, University of Turku)
Erkki Vainikkala (cultural studies, University of Jyväskylä)

 12.15 - 13.15 Lunch
 13.15 - 14.00 Future network activities and the next meeting
 14.00 - 14.15 Closing words and farewell