Cultural Encounters - Video Lectures

This lecture series is presented by academics and practitioners and complemented by views of the public. Please note that the views presented in the video lectures are those of the individual speakers and do not represent those of Sharing Perspectives Foundation.

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Week 2: Populism and authoritarianism

Dr. Israel Butler

What is populist authoritarianism?

What is populist authoritarianism and how is it different from regular populism? Dr. Israel Butler, Head of Advocacy at Civil Liberties Union for Europe, talks about populism in itself being neither good nor bad; differentiating populism authoritarianism from regular populism; and explaining this term as well as the danger it poses to democracy and human rights.

Look out for:

  • Authoritarianism
  • Elitism
  • Security vs other human needs/rights
  • Progressive values
  • Democracy vs will of the majority
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Dr. Oliviero Angeli

What does populism look like across Europe?

What are the differences between populist movements in various corners of Europe? TU Dresden’s Oliviero Angeli helps us understand the similarities and differences between populist leaders and parties in three distinct countries: Germany, the Czech Republic, and Italy. 

 

Look out for:

  • Strong nativist feeling
  • Ethnocentric approach to politics
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Dr. Ertuğ Tombu

What is populism and is it a useful term? 

What is behind the term populism, and do we need it? Political scientist Ertuğ Tombuş of Berlin’s Humboldt University gives us a primer for understanding populism and its link to democracy.

Look out for:

  • Relationship elite vs people
  • Political rhetoric that gives simplistic answers with scapegoats 
  • Political representation of people as a totality
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Additional Resources and Alternative Perspectives

Interested to learn more about this week’s topic? We have selected some materials for you. These resources consist of introductory information, in-depth texts, case studies and challenging, counter perspectives.

 

Introductions and Definitions

Introducing the experts on populism Dr. Oliviero Angeli, Dr. Sinem Adar, Dr. Ertuğ Tombuş and Dr. Israel Butler (2019)

The Rise of Populism – A Different Lens Monash University (2018)

What’s Behind the Global Rise in Populism? Bloomberg (2017)

 

Relevant Research

Migration and Populism Annual Report 2018 MIDEM (2018)

Timbro Authoritarian Populism Index 2017 Andreas Johansson Heinö (2017)

 

Additional Contexts

Populism and Corporatism in the Middle East and North Africa: a Comparative Analysis Manochehr Dorraj (2017)

The Twin Rise of Populism and Authoritarianism World Politics Review

 

Different Perspectives

Could populism actually be good for democracy? The Guardian (2018)

How populism can be turned into an opportunity, not a threat The Conversation (2018)

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Week 1: Open identities

Taiye Selasi

Don’t ask me where I’m from, ask where I’m local.

When someone asks you where you’re from … do you sometimes not know how to answer? Writer Taiye Selasi speaks on behalf of “multi-local” people, who feel at home in the town where they grew up, the city they live now and maybe another place or two. “How can I come from a country?” she asks. “How can a human being come from a concept?”

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How is (super)diversity changing how we belong? 

Super diversity is rapidly changing the way communities look like, Dr. Sigona argues. He continues to explore the pros and cons of such a change by giving different concrete examples.

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Additional Resources and Alternative Perspectives

Interested to learn more about this week’s topic? We have selected some materials for you. These resources consist of introductory information, in-depth texts, case studies and challenging, counter perspectives.

 

Introductions and Definitions

 

Relevant Research

 

Additional Contexts

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