Upcoming FinDem seminar: Doctoral student Marco La Rosa

We are pleased to welcome Doctoral student Marco La Rosa from Åbo Akademi University to give his presentation at the General research seminar for political scientists at Åbo Akademi University.

Mr. La Rosa will be presenting his paper “Vox Populi Europae? MEPs’ representative role
after Lisbon”.

Please notice the new place! : Time and place:  January, 10th, 2-3 pm, ASA House, B building, room B 129 (video conference room “Mellanvågen”)

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Upcoming public defense of doctoral dissertation

The public defense of VTM Juha Ylisalo’s Ph.D. dissertation ‘Herders in the Budgetary Commons: The Fiscal Policy Consequences of Multiparty Government in the European Union’ is held at the University of Turku on December 16, 2017. The event is in Finnish.

Opponent: Professor Mikko Mattila (University of Helsinki)
Custos: Professor Maija Setälä (University of Turku)

Time and place:
December 16, 12.00, Publicum, lecture hall Pub 3, Assistentinkatu 7, Turku.

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Upcoming FinDem seminar: Dr. Henrik Serup Christensen

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Henrik Serup Christensen from Åbo Akademi University to give his presentation at the General research seminar at Åbo Akademi University.

Dr. Henrik Serup Christensen will be presenting the paper “Self-reported Health and Direct Democracy – The Case of the Citizens’ Initiative in Finland”.

Time and place: December 14th, 12-13, ASA House, A stairs, 4th floor and room A 402 (Demos)

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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: 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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