GT 1.8 The Contemporary Public Sphere – Protest Movements and Populist Actors

Marcos Engelken Jorge (Universidad del País Vasco)
Rafael Vázquez García (Universidad de Granada)
Rafael Vázquez García (Universidad de Granada)
Marcos Engelken Jorge (Universidad del País Vasco)

The panel explores how recent protest movements and ‘populist’ actors are shaping contemporary public spheres. By ‘populist’ actors we are referring, more precisely, to actors publicly labelled as such or defined in this way by social scientists in the light of any given theoretical perspective. Possible questions to be addressed, although the panel is not limited to them, are: What is the politics of naming behind and around the term ‘populism’? What are the discourses and narratives of these actors and protest movements? Their rhetorical practices, performances, and symbolism, as well as their communicative strategies and channels? Under what conditions do they achieve more or less resonance? How are their narratives challenged by citizens and other political actors – or how should they be challenged? More importantly, what are the implications of these practices and discourses for democracy and the purported emancipatory character of the public sphere? Papers can concentrate on specific cases and issues, adopt a historical or comparative perspective, or provide more encompassing interpretations and assessments of where contemporary public spheres are heading. In this regard, both theoretical approaches, be they normative or descriptive, and empirically-informed papers are welcome. Papers in English or Spanish are welcome.

Sesión 1
Día: miércoles, 20 de septiembre de 2017
Hora: 18:00 a 20:00
Lugar: Aula 1.2.
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