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: 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 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!

 

Upcoming seminar and course: Futures of Democracy

The department of Philosophy, Contemporary History, and Political Science and Finland Futures Academy are hosting a seminar on Futures of Democracy.

Time and place: March 22nd, 10.00 – 14.45, Edu 2, Educarium, Assistentinkatu 5, Turku.

The seminar is in Finnish and is open for audience! For a complete program and further information, please see here.

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The seminar is part of the course Futures of Democracy. For more details and instructions on how to register for the course (in Finnish), please see here. The registration is open until March 10th.