Politics

Dmitri Uzlaner

Director, Centre for the Study of Religoin and Society, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow
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Alexander Michailowski

Canditate of Philosophical Sciences, Associate Professor at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Moscow
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Real Problems – and How to Respond to Them

Populism is not just some form of political pathology. It also points at real problems, both in how democracy is justified as an ideal and in how actually existing democracies conduct themselves. For instance: what legitimately constitutes the boundaries of the “people”? The last lecture tried to make some headway in addressing these problems. The series as a whole finished with some thoughts on how best to respond to populists politically, culturally, and, sometimes, legally, and also ask whether it is possible to distinguish populists on the one hand from demagogues and democratic activists on the other.
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Intrusions of the People: Ideals of Popular Sovereignty in History

This lecture examined how Europeans in particular have imagined people-making: what constitutes a people, how a people can act in history, and what it takes to preserve regimes that claim to instantiate popular rule. A long story of how continental Europeans became disenchanted with ideals of popular sovereignty will emerge – a development which in many ways has left Europe’s democracies more vulnerable to populist attacks.
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Matthew Maguire

Ph.D. candidate in Political Science, Boston University
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The Taste of Ashes | The Afterlife of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe

Marci Shore: The Taste of Ashes

In the tradition of Timothy Garton Ash’s The File, Yale historian and prize-winning author Marci Shore draws upon intimate understanding to illuminate the afterlife of totalitarianism. The Taste of Ashes spans from Berlin to Moscow, moving from Vienna in Europe’s west through Prague, Bratislava, Warsaw and Bucharest to Vilnius and Kiev in the post-communist east. The …
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White Power Music: Scenes of Extreme-Right Cultural Resistance

This volume presents new analysis of the shifting phenomenon of White Power music. It offers a timely overview of how White Power music helps preserve ultranationalist and racist narratives, recruit young people to the extreme-right political cause, and eventually encourages violence against the alleged ‘enemies’ and ‘traitors’ of the ‘White Race’. To map this diverse …
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Mariya Ivancheva

Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Anthropology, Central European University, Budapest
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Olesya Zakharova

Senior Lecturer of Law, Irkutsk State University
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Barbara Torunczyk

Editor-in-chief, Zesztyty Literackie (Warsaw)
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