International Conference: MEDIA, DEMOCRACY, POPULISM 2017
Friday, November 10 2017 All Day

Populism is a very current and widespread global, political and cultural phenomenon, appearing to gain more importance with time and thus, become a more pressing issue, especially given the current authoritarian and far right political changes in both Europe in America. On this topic the international Conference: MEDIA, DEMOCRACY, POPULISM: The media - mediator and promoter of populism takes place in Belgrade, Serbia from 9 to 10 November 2017.

Scholars seem to agree to disagree when it comes to its definition, and the perspectives vary from understanding populism as a very political logic (Laclau), a strategy, movement, or a communication and political style (Knight); to perspectives analysing populism as an ideology or a discourse. This question as to whether populism should be accepted as a strategy or an ideology has remained pertinent within academic discussion.

International Conference: MEDIA, DEMOCRACY, POPULISM: The media - mediator and promoter of populism, welcomes the opportunity for theoretical and professional debate on the populist discourse and the media. Populism as a phenomenon and reality is not an exclusive characteristic or trend in only transitional countries. It is also an important political and cultural problem in well-developed European countries, closely connected to the growth of certain right-wing movements. In any case, the media are seen as a faithful ally of both the promotion, but also in the fight against political populism.

The conference will present some of the most evocative case studies involving the relationship between the media and politics during a time of political instability including: parliamentary, presidential elections, political tensions, and global challenges such as terrorism and migration. The conference will welcome an opportunity to address regional and European experiences, but also comparisons will be made with other non-European and global insights in the field of media research practice, unethical populist communication, interaction of media and politicians, as well as newspaper reporting, as well as cultural policy (mis) usage of cultural performance and artists responses to populism.

Keynote speakers:
•    Danielle Albertazzi (University of Birmingham, UK),
•    Hans Vorlander (University of Dresden, Germany)

Faculty of Political Sciences
University of Belgrade
Jove Ilića 165
Belgrade Serbia 166131

Contact Information:
Milena Dragicevic Sesic, prof.