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Benjamin De Cleen - Seminar on Populism and Communication

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Location: Salle des examens, Université Saint-Louis – Boulevard du Jardin Botanique 43, 1000 Bruxelles
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25th November 2022 - Université Saint-Louis, Brussels

Populism and communication: between populist discourses and discourses on populism

Seminar with Benjamin De Cleen

 

Engage, Research Centre for Publicness in Contemporary Communication, invites keynote speakers ECHO co-director Benjamin De Cleen (VUB) and Laura Jacobs (ULB) to present the results of their research on populist discourses and discourses on populism, as well as anti-establishment parties.

Benjamin will be talking about populist and nationalist discourse and discourses about populism:

"Discourse about populism is everywhere in politics, media and academia. In this talk I want to critically reflect on the ubiquity of the concept of populism and the analytical and normative limitations of focusing political debate and analysis around populism. I will start with a precise and modest conceptualization of populism as a political logic, focused on distinguishing populism from nationalism and racism with which it is all too often confused. Secondly, I turn attention to the politics of discourses about populism, asking what the debate about populism reveals about those using the term, in politics, media and academia. In conclusion, I will argue against the development of a field of ‘populism studies’, shedding light on the limitations of organizing academic analysis around ‘populism’ and proposing that it is time for academia to move beyond its own ‘populist moment’."

More info and programs at: engage.usaintlouis.be/populism-and-communication