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 below, and here. The conference is open to all.
REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST @ Wolff Conference Room 1103 9:30 – 10.30 AM
10:30 – 11:30 AM OPENING SPEAKER: Jürgen Mackert, Potsdam University, “We, the People”– Populism and Modern Democracy @ Wolff Conference Room 1103
Panel A: @1106 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM — Populism and its Constitutional Regulation– Discussant: Bahareh Ebnealian
Heather Anderson (NSSR) — “The Misunderstanding Australia Had to Have”: Was the Successful 1967 Referendum a Populist Outcome
Ioanna Christodoulaki (Boston University) — Exploring causes for public disaffection in Great Britain and Greece: what went wrong?
Panel B: @1107 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM — Dispossession and Social Organization — Discussant: Alana Lentin
Edwin F. Ackerman (Syracuse University) — Two Primitive Accumulations Behind Political Articulation: A Case Study of Post-Revolutionary Bolivia
Jordan Scott (Binghamton University) — The Devaluation of Workers of Color: Racialized Surplus Populations and Black Lives Matter
LUNCH BREAK: @Wolff Conference Room (1103) 1:15 PM to 2.30 PM
Panel C: @Wolff Conference Room (1103) 2:30 to 4:00 PM — Representation Crises & Horizontal Collectivities — Discussant: Benoit Challand
Léa Barbisan (University Paris-Sorbonne) — Leaderless Crowds? From Walter Benjamin to Frédéric Lordon, alternative theories of emotional contagion
Benjamin Abrams (Cambridge University) — Autonomous Self-Organization in Egypt’s Revolutionary Crowds
Panel D: @1106 4:15 to 5:45 PM — Fragile Publics and Democratic Deficits — Discussant: Elzbieta Matynia
Alissa G. Boguslaw (NSSR) — The Politics of Branding Multi-Vocality, Dissensus, and Resistance in Kosovo
Paddy Gilger (NSSR) — Fragile Publics and Positive Liberty
Luca Zazzi (University of Edinburgh) — The Figure of the Mass: A Theoretical Challenge to Sociology
Panel E: @1107 — 4:15 to 5:45 PM — Civility and Violence — Discussant: Dolunay Bulut
Elham Pourtaher (University at Albany (SUNY) — Re-thinking The Iranian Civil Sphere: In search of a non-Western framework for civility
Alaz Kilicaslan (Boston University) — Populist Politics in Turkey: the case of health-care transformation
KEYNOTE SPEAKER – 6.00 – 7.30 PM: Mabel Berezin, Cornell University, Continuity and Contingency: Thinking Sociologically about Right Wing Politics in Europe and Beyond @Wolff Conference Room (1103)
RECEPTION @ WOLFF CONFERENCE ROOM (1103) 7.30 – 9.00 PM