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Populisms, Nationalisms and Identities 

Cristiano Gianolla (Centro de Estudos Sociais)
Amit Singh (Centro de Estudos Sociais)

5 December 2022, 14h30
Sala 1, CES | Alta (Coimbra)

Commentator: Boaventura de Sousa Santos (CES)


The seminar discusses the role of far-right politics, nationalisms and populisms in contemporary societies. The presentations will engage in reflections about theoretical and methodological challenges in relation to the study of the relationship between state and people, institutions and social identities, with a strong emphasis on the entanglement of rational and emotional features within political narratives. The debate will also explore the extent to which far-right, nationalist and populist politics constitute threats to democracy with a focus on the Indian context.

Presentations: Cristiano Gianolla and Amit Singh | Discussant: Boaventura de Sousa Santos

This seminar is part of a series within the UNPOP project – UNpacking POPulism: Comparing the formation of emotion narratives and their effects on political behaviour, which aims to explore how narratives of emotion allow a deeper analysis of the way populist phenomena constitute and influence political behaviour.

Thus, the series of events developed throughout the project will address several issues involving the recent growth of populism, focusing on the role of emotions – both those considered negative such as anger and fear, and those considered positive such as hope and love – in political behaviour.

UNPOP is coordinated by Cristiano Gianolla and Lisete Mónico and is based at the Centre for Social Studies and by  CINEICC – Center for Research in Neuropsychology and Cognitive and Behavioral Intervention of the University of Coimbra, and is funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (PTDC/CPO-CPO/3850/2020)

Location: Sala 1, CES | Alta (Coimbra)