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Upcoming events and news:

  • 24/06/2024: Workshop Populism and History: Insights from the Past for Today's Debate

    Room K008, CEVIPOF, Sciences Po
    1 place Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin, 75007, Paris, France 
    In-person event, Zoom relay
    Registration form:

    Keynote Speaker: Nadia Urbinati (Columbia University)

    Presenters include: Camila Vergara (University of Essex), Clara Ramas (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Federico Tarragoni (Université de Caen), Felipe Linden (École des hautes études en sciences sociales), Giuseppe Ballacci (Universidade do Minho), Samuel Hayat (Sciences Po), Thomás Zicman de Barros (Universidade do Minho)

    The debate on populism has been extensive over the past decade, with scholars suggesting we may be living in a populist age. However, defining contemporary populism remains controversial due to the term's rich polysemy. This event aims to explore the often-overlooked historical dimension of populism, which originated in Russia and the United States 150 years ago and played a significant role in post-war Latin America. By examining these roots and earlier periods, such as the Renaissance and classical eras, scholars will connect contemporary discussions of populism with insights from social history and the history of political thought.

    Full programme here

    Supported by CEVIPOF (Sciences Po), the ANR Project THEOVAIL, CEPS (University of Minho) and the FCT (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology).


Past events and news:

  • 08/05/2024: Workshop on Populism, Demagoguery and Rhetoric in Historical PerspectiveUniversity Center for Human Values, Princeton University. Speakers: Giuseppe Ballacci (UMinho), Rob Goodman (Toronto Metropolitan), Tae-Yeoun Keum (UC Santa Barbara / UCHV LSR Fellow 2023-24), Alessandro Mulieri (UPenn / Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), David Ragazzoni (Columbia), Thomás Zicman de Barros (UMinho). Discussants: Jan-Werner Müller (Princeton), Nadia Urbinati (Columbia). Co-sponsored by the Forum for the History of Political Thought and the FCT (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology).

  • 14/03/2024: Third PDRHP Seminar. This hybrid session features two presentations. Paula Diehl (Kiel University) will discuss "Rethinking the Relationship between Populism and Media in Complex Terms", and Thomás Zicman de Barros (CEPS, UMinho) will present "Bataille, Gramsci and Heidegger: Three Matrices for a Transgressive Aesthetics of Populism".

  • 21/02/2024: Second PDRHP Seminar. This online session features two speakers: Samuel Zeitlin  (University College London), presenting on “Carl Schmitt, Political Theology, and the History of Political Thought"; and David Ragazzoni (Columbia University), discussing “From Fascism to Populism, between Liberalism and Socialism: Norberto Bobbio's Democratic Theory”.

  • 05/12/2023: First PDRHP Seminar. This online session features two speakers: Daniel Kapust (UW-Madison), presenting on “Demagoguery, Populism, and Political Culture in Cooper’s The American Democrat", and Tae-Yeoun Keum (UC Santa Barbara), discussing “Between Epistemology and Politics: Voltaire's Democratic Socrates”.

  • 1 Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship will open within the Project. Starting date: September 2023. Application deadline: 30/06/2023. More information at: 

  • 16/06/2023: Kick-off Meeting and Seminar on Machiavelli and populism with Alessandro Mulieri (UPenn and Ca' Foscari) and Giovanni Damele & Inês Pinheiro (Nova University of Lisbon). The event is part of the 13th Braga Meeting on Ethics and Political Philosophy. More information at:

The project is funded by the FCT (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) and will have a duration of 18 months. It will be carried out by a team of experts in ancient, modern and contemporary political philosophy and theory, all of whom have experience with the themes of populism, demagoguery and rhetoric, including members of the research line on the art of living of the research group Forms of Life and Practices of Philosophy (IFILNOVA) and some of the main interlocutors in the current debate on the topic, in partnership with five consultants and several international networks and institutions currently working on topics related to this project.

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