The keynote lecture at the 2018 Politicologenetmaal will be given by Cas Mudde, Associate Professor of International Affairs at the University of Georgia. Professor Mudde is an internationally recognized scholar in the field of the populist radical right and an active and well-known contributor to both the scholarly as well as the public debate on issues relating to democracy, extremism and populism.
Cas Mudde was born in the Netherlands, where he gained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science at Leiden University, under the supervision of the late Peter Mair. Before moving to the US in 2008, to join his wife, he held tenure-track positions at Central European University (Hungary), the University of Edinburgh (UK), and the University of Antwerp (Belgium). Before coming to UGA in 2012, he held temporary positions at the University of Oregon, University of Notre Dame, and DePauw University. He has also held visiting positions at Berlin Social Science Center (Germany), Charles University (Czech Republic), University of Amsterdam/Free University Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Academia Istropolitana (Slovakia), James I University (Spain), Malmo University (Sweden), Cornell University, and Rutgers University (US). He is currently co-editor of the European Journal of Political Research.
The title of his keynote is:
The Rise of Populism: What Does It Mean?
Few people will deny that populist parties have gained unprecedented electoral successes in recent years and that populism has become an element of contemporary European politics. But what does that mean? What does the “populism” add to the agenda of populist parties and how does it affect our politics and societies?
The keynote lecture will take place at Scheltema, Marktsteeg.