Current Populism in Europe: Culture, History, Identity

5th Prague Populism Conference

Current Populism in Europe: What’s Next?

27 – 28 May 2019, PRAGUE
Goethe-Institut Prague, Masarykovo nábřeží 32, 110 00 Praha 1

Call for Papers

After four years of the Prague Populism Conference, and 30 years since 1989, the time has come to look at the concept of populism critically and to ask vital, defining questions. Is this concept still appropriate for the description of political parties and their behaviour in Europe or elsewhere? Is there a consensus on what we really mean by this term? How has populism developed and mutated over the past decade, since the economic crisis? What can we expect from the upcoming elections to the European Parliament? Answers to those questions will help us to re-brand the notion of populism in order to keep pace with current political developments. Within the scope of the 5th Prague Populism Conference, the organisers encourage applicants to submit papers on the following issues:

  • Re-branding the concept of populism – the search for a definition.
  • Are there any countermeasures to populism - and do we need them?
  • Comparative studies of current populist parties and movements in Europe.
  • Impact of populism on the elections to the European Parliament.


Confirmed speakers:        

Cas Mudde (University of Georgia)
Reinhard Heinisch (University of Salzburg)
Stijn Van Kessel (Queen Mary University of London)

Submit a conference abstract

Applicants are invited to submit abstracts of up to 300 words and short CVs to by 31 January 2019. The accepted papers will be announced by 16 February 2018. There is no conference fee for participants. More details will follow.