In the name of the people: Representing the people in 21st century politics

Country: Spain

City: Pamplona

Abstr. due: 31.07.2018

Dates: 22.11.18 — 24.11.18

Area Of Sciences: Humanities; Sociology; Political science;

Organizing comittee e-mail:

Organizers: University of Navarra


In today’s world, shaken by the effects of globalization, the aftermath of the financial crisis and widespread political corruption, people in many countries are reaching out for radical political solutions. In many parts of Europe, experts have perceived a growing mistrust of conventional politics: as the perceived gap between citizens and their representatives has widened, new political formations have arisen that promise to shake up the status quo and give more concrete expression to people’s real needs and desires. Such groups vary according to region, taking on many different forms (right-wing, left-wing, nationalist), but many of them have been classified as “populist”, in that they claim to give voice to “the will of the people”. Their self-presentation gives importance to aspects of identity that position them as diametrically opposed to supposedly hegemonic groups, and the ensuing dichotomy is emphasized by heightened degrees of affect. Their multimodal messages provide a broad field of study for discourse analysts, as well as for experts in traditional and new media.

We welcome communications related to the main theme of the conference, preferably falling within the scope of one or more of the following broad thematic areas:

- Populism and performance
- Metaphors of the people, including multimodal metaphors
- Representations of the people and its enemies
- Celebrity politics and the figure of the leader
- Metapolitics and challenges to the political system
- Politics and/in the media
- Epistemological issues: common sense, fake news, etc.

We also ask for communications for the following three specialist panels:

1. Violence against Women in European Politics: Changes, Challenges and Solutions
2. Politics Beyond the Sovereign Demos?
3. Medium and message in populist politics

Proposals are invited for paper presentations of 20 minutes + 5 minutes for questions. A title + abstract of maximum 250 words should be submitted to the conference email ( before 31 July 2018. Abstracts should report original research and should provide the context, objectives, method(s), and results of your study. The notification of acceptance will be on August 30. The working languages of the conference are English and Spanish.

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