New Populisms and Diverse Paths of Euroscepticism
November 29-30, 2017
Venue: Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Organizers: Monique Canto Sperber (ENS/CNRS) & Evens Foundation
The rise of various forms of populism seems to be a blatant reality, both in Europe and in the Western world in general. This is certainly not the first wave in the international history, yet the impression of its originality is widespread. A technical novelty of the situation raises no doubts: all movements have a strong Internet presence, and they use the web to broadcast their positions. The political situation is also unusual, given the reassuring framework of the European Union. Yet this framework is increasingly designed as being the source of many problems, which tend to erase the very reasons why it was established.
60 years after the signature of the Treaty of Rome, we would like to raise a number of questions that seems to be relevant in most of the countries of contemporary Europe, whether these questions are indeed new or they are only an enhanced version of an ever-existing phenomenon. We must get a better understanding of reasons why these problems arise in order to re-think the definition of the European project and find.
The conference will unite a number of expert of European issues, political philosophy and political history of the continent.
We would like to raise several questions, including, but not limited to, what follows:
- Distrust toward elites (political, intellectual, scientific)
- Increasing similarity between the arguments used by the far right and the far left politicians
- The People and its enemies – are immigrants part of the people?
- Sovereignty – against whom and why?
- Identity – cultural, national, religious or universalist?
- Anti-System discourses and ideologies (both in politics and in science, with “alter-science”)
- Disqualification of public debate and of the notion of truth
L’Europe face aux eurosceptiques (Europe confronting eurosceptics)
November 29, 2017, 18:30 – 20:30
Target: General audience
Thierry Chopin, political scientist (head of research at the Robert Schuman Foundation and associate professor At the Catholic University of Lille)
Thomas Serrier, historian, expert of Europe and European memories (professor at the University of Lille 3 and at the Europa-Universität in Francfurt/Oder)
Mauve Carbonell, historian, expert in the history of European construction (lecturer at the University of Aix-Marseille)
Cédric Durand, economist (lecturer at the University of Paris 13)
Debate – in French – is organized jointly by Monique Canto-Sperber (CNRS) from the Evens Foundation, Jean-Max Colard from Pompidou Centre and Anna C. Zielinska (Univ. of Lorraine)
November 30, 2017, 11:00 – 20:00
Target: Specialised audience
Wolfgang Merkel, Head of the Bridging Project. Against Elites, Against Outsiders: Sources of Democracy Critique, Immigration Critique, and Right-Wing Populism.
The event is organized by Monique Canto-Sperber (CNRS) and Anna C. Zielinska (Univ. de Lorraine).
For more information, please visit the conference website.