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Department of Culture and Global Studies

Populist Shifts, Rise of Extreme Right and ‘Othering’ in Europe

The College of Social Science of University of Leicester along with seven European universities are co-ordinating a conference aiming to examine the rise of the far and extreme right and 'populist' political discourse and its effect on those ‘othered’ by such discourse, particularly in the context of economic austerity and dwindling opportunities for young people.


04.03.2015 kl. 09.00 - 17.00


By focusing on particular movements, groups or political parties, and the opposing organisations, the conference seeks to examine the definition, production and perception of political speech that is defined as ‘hate crime’, and how young people of Europe’s ‘lost generation’ engage with or oppose such politics and actions. Additionally, the conference examines the effects of such populism, and the discourses and activities of those who seek to challenge ‘populist othering’ and to promote anti-discrimination and solidarity. The key themes to be punctuated are:

  • European trends and dynamics, hate speech and messages encouraging racism, xenophobia, intolerance and homophobia in the political communication of European movements and parties
  • Media as platforms of mobilisation of populist parties and groups
  • Gender roles in extremist discourses
  • Strategies adopted for promotion of anti-other beliefs and spread of hate speech
  • Democratic forces and ‘antibodies’ opposing populism and ‘othering’

The conference will take place in the room VM3 (Van Maerlant Building), 2nd floor, 2 rue Van Maerlant, 1040 Brussels.
Participation fee: 75 Euros.

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75 Euro


Van Maerlant Building, 2nd floor, 2 rue Van Maerlant, 1040 Brussels (room VM3)