ANNUAL SOCIOLOGY STUDENT CONFERENCE
Crowds, Mobs, Masses and Publics
Thinking our populist moment
Keynote Speaker: Mabel Berezin, Cornell University
Continuity and Contingency: Thinking Sociologically about Right Wing Politics in Europe and Beyond
Opening Speaker: Jürgen Mackert, Potsdam University
“We, the People”–Populism and Modern Democracy
From Brexit to Trump, from Duterte to Podemos, populism seems to be the word of the age. The question this puts to we students of social theory, then, is the extent to which the history of social movements can clarify — or complicate — our understanding of the unique moment in which we are living.
It is the variety of ways that (potentially) populist movements are gathered together — as crowds, mobs, masses, and publics — that we are seeking to better understand in the annual New School for Social Research’s sociology conference. Are we are seeing new vectors of instability emerge within previously consolidated democracies? Is this a historically unique mixture of authoritarianism and tribalism? Or should the varieties of populist groupings be read more hopefully, as fertile grounds for deeply democratic change and perhaps a final end for neoliberalism?
Join us on April 8 to discuss this through a variety of issues, from Benjamin’s conception of crowds through racial cleavages among American working-class to mobilization and political parties in Bolivia.
Please find the full schedule here. The conference is open to all.