Upcoming FinDem seminar: Drs. Kim Strandberg, Staffan Himmelroos, Henrik Serup Christensen and Peter Söderlund

We are pleased to welcome  Drs. Kim Strandberg, Staffan Himmelroos, Henrik Serup Christensen and Peter Söderlund from Åbo Akademi University to give their presentations at the General research seminar at Åbo Akademi University.

Drs. Strandberg, Himmelroos and Christensen will give a presentation on Qualtrics, while Dr. Söderlund will present a research paper on the impact of internal and external efficacy on political trust.

Time and place: November 15th, 2-4pm, ASA House, A stairs, 4th floor and room A 402 (Demos)

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Upcoming FinDem seminar: Dr. Lauri Rapeli

We are pleased to welcome Post Doctoral Fellow Dr. Lauri Rapeli from Åbo Akademi University to give his presentation at the General research seminar for political scientists at Åbo Akademi University.

Dr. Rapeli will be presenting the Participation in Long-Term Decision-Making (PALO) consortium project which addresses the problem of ‘short-termism’ in public decision-making and governance.

Time and place: October 23rd, 3-4pm, ASA House, A stairs, 4th floor and room A 402 (Demos)

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Upcoming FinDem seminar: Professor Carsten Anckar

We are pleased to welcome Professor Carsten Anckar from Åbo Akademi University to give his presentation at the General research seminar for political scientists at Åbo Akademi University.

Professor Anckar will be presenting a paper titled “Are Popularly Elected Presidents Always Powerful? A Historical Assessment of Semi-Presidentialism”.

Time and place: October 12th, 3-4pm, ASA House, A stairs, 4th floor and room A 402 (Demos)

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Upcoming FinDem seminar: Dr. Staffan Himmelroos

We are pleased to welcome Post Doctoral Fellow Dr. Staffan Himmelroos from Åbo Akademi University to give his presentation at the General research seminar for political scientists at Åbo Akademi University. The topic of the presentation will be revealed on a later date.

Time and place: September 14th, 3-5pm, ASA House, A stairs, 4th floor and room A 402 (Demos)

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Upcoming FinDem seminar: Dr. Nicole Curato

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Nicole Curato from the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra, to give a presentation titled ‘Beyond Demagogues and Deplorables: The Space for Deliberative Reason in Populist Rhetoric’.

Time and place: 15th September, 14.00, Publicum, 2nd floor, room sh. 299.

Abstract:

There are many reasons to think of populism as the opposite of deliberation. Populism appeals to base instincts, sacrificing intellectual rigour and slow thinking in favour of quick solutions. Its polarising speech style creates information silos which bond rather than bridge opposing views. Inherent to the populist logic is the division of the ‘virtuous people’ versus the ‘dangerous other,’ which inflames prejudices and misinformation instead of promoting public reasoning as ways of determining the common good.

In this presentation, Curato challenges the populism-deliberation dichotomy by offering methodological and empirical interventions. Methodologically, she proposes to shift the gaze from the populist leader to the populist publics, as well as their mediated relationship. This, Curato argues, provides a more complex understanding of the relational and negotiated character of populist claims, instead of depicting them as top-down, manipulative, and homogenously spiteful rhetoric.

Empirically, Curato argues that ethnographic research on populist publics open a discussion on possible spaces for the democratisation of populist claims. She offers three conjectures. First, there is potential for discursive pluralism in populism. Second, populism can give voice to unspeakable grievances and render deliberative politics more inclusive. Third, populism forces a rethinking of deliberative claim-making, particularly its focus on voice and text, by foregrounding the roles of passion, presence and visceral forms of communication.

These conjectures are based on research findings from her ethnographic research in the Philippines and a review of ethnographic research of populist movements around the world.

Nicole Curato is an Australian Research Council Research Fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra. Her work on deliberative democracy has been published in journals including Policy Sciences, International Political Science Review, and Acta Politica, among others. She is the editor of The Duterte Reader (2017, Cornell University Press), the first book about the return of the strongman in Philippine politics.

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Upcoming FinDem seminar: Associate Professor Hilde Coffé

We are pleased to welcome Associate Professor Hilde Coffé from Victoria University of Wellington to give her presentation at the General research seminar at Åbo Akademi University.

The topic of the presentation will be a suprise and no paper will be handed out in advance.

Time and place: June 13th, 2pm, ASA House, A stairs, 4th floor and room A 402 (Demos)

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Upcoming FinDem seminar: Dr. Heino Nyyssönen

This week, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Heino Nyyssönen from the University of Turku to give a presentation concerning the release of his new book “Tasavallan loppu? Unkarin demokratian romahdus” at the political science research seminar at University of Turku. The book describes what went wrong in the democratization process in Hungary, why the anti-EU sentiments have been on the rise and what these recent developments mean in the context of the whole of Europe after Brexit.

Heino Nyyssönen is a political scientist and a historian, who works as a university lecturer in the Department of philosophy, contemporary history and political sciences. He has been surveying political developments in Hungary for over a quarter of a century.

Time and place: June 2nd, 14.15, Publicum, 2nd floor, sh. 299.

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Upcoming FinDem seminar: Post Doctoral Fellows Dr. Sergiu Gherghina and Dr. Henrik Serup Christensen

We are pleased to welcome Post Doctoral Fellows Dr. Sergiu Gherghina from the University of Glasgow and Dr. Henrik Serup Christensen from Åbo Akademi University to give their presentations at the General research seminar at Åbo Akademi University.

The topic of Dr. Gherghina’s presentation will be referendum campaigns and vote decision in Eastern Europe, while Dr. Christensen will be presenting his paper on the support for citizens’ initiatives in Finland and political trust.

Time and place: May 16th, 3pm, ASA House, A stairs, 4th floor and room A 402 (Demos)

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Upcoming FinDem seminar: Dr. Peter Söderlund

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Peter Söderlund from Åbo Akademi University in Vaasa to give his presentation at the General research seminar for political scientists at Åbo Akademi University. The topic of the presentation will be revealed on a later date.

Time and place: April 19th, 2pm, ASA House, A stairs, 4th floor and room A 402 (Demos)

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Upcoming Guest Lectures at CEAS

The Centre for East Asian Studies (CEAS) is pleased to announce four guest lectures  about South Korea’s political changes. The lectures are presented by Professor Won-Taek Kang of Seoul National University and Professor Hannes Mosler from Freie Univesität Berlin.

Professor Won-Taek Kang: 30 years of a new democracy: South Korea’s democratic consolidation.

Time and place: 30.3.2017 15.00, Publicum SH126.

Professor Won-Taek Kang: Generation, protests, and Park Chung Hee: Recent political crises in South Korea.

Time and place: 31.3.2017 15.00, Publicum SH126.

Professor Hannes Mosler: The Ban of political parties in South Korea and Germany.

Time and place: 3.4.2017, 16.00, Publicum, Pub4

Professor Hannes Mosler: Reloading Democracy. The institution of presidential impeachment in South Korea.

Time and place: 4.4.2017, 14.00, Publicum, Pub4

For more information, please see here and here. Welcome!