The international conference will evaluate the return of populism in a diachronic and a synchronic perspective.

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The Comeback of Populism: Transatlantic Perspectives

International Conference / Free admission / Registration required


The term populism is fuzzy and diffuse. It neither identifies a political program nor does it clearly situate political parties in a left-to-right spectrum. Rather, it appears to refer to a particular style of political performance and communication. Analyzing the current resurgence of populism in the United States and Europe, the conference seeks to shed light on some of the implications of populism’s comeback from a transatlantic and interdisciplinary point of view. The conference will evaluate the return of populism in a diachronic and a synchronic perspective.

Resurgent populism in Europe and the United States needs to be interpreted and understood both in its cultural and political specificities and in its virulent reappearance in the U.S., France, Germany, etc. as well as its concomitant global reach in the present moment.

Contemporary populisms often share an authoritarian and an anti-elitist and anti-establishment agenda that posits as capturing and expressing the ‘voice of the people.’ Scenarios of threat and anxiety meet a rhetoric of emancipation from suffering and victimization, yet, at the same time, populist protest appears to be couched in a militant rhetoric of exclusion and, usually, nativism. Working through populism’s simplifications and mystifications, our conference will examine its discursive strategies in nuanced ways.


The conference is organized by the Bavarian American Academy in cooperation with the Bavarian State Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs, Sciences and the Arts and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.


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