NYU will host “The French National Front and Beyond: A Global Populist Moment?”—a conference drawing both journalists and scholars—to be held April 7 and 8.
New York University will host “The French National Front and Beyond: A Global Populist Moment?”—a conference drawing both journalists and scholars—to be held April 7 and 8 at NYU’s Silver Center for Arts and Science (Hemmerdinger Hall, 100 Washington Square East [enter at 31 Washington Place]).
Since the 1980s, movements deemed populist have emerged across Europe and in the United States. The French National Front, for instance, won municipal elections as early as 1983. In recent years, a growing number of populist movements have either surfaced or broadened their base, claiming to represent the people, indigenous culture, and national sovereignty against cosmopolitan elites, the establishment, and immigrants. Held two weeks before the first round of France’s presidential election (April 23), the conference will take stock of the current “populist moment”—in France and elsewhere—as a historical phenomenon.
The conference schedule is as follows:
“Sexual Politics”: Fri., April 7, 1-3 p.m.
Speakers: Kathleen Blee (University of Pittsburgh), Anika Keinz (European University Viadrina), Cornelia Möser (CRESSPA, CNRS), and Hugo Bouvard [moderator] (NYU)
“Populism from Below: Ethnographers at Work”: Fri., April 7, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Speakers: Don Kalb (Central European University), Christèle Marchand-Lagier (Université d’Avignon), Rachel Meade (Brown University), and Frédéric Viguier [moderator] (NYU)
Keynote: “A Populist Moment?”: Fri., April 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Speaker: Eric Fassin (Université Paris 8 – Vincennes – Saint Denis)
Opening remarks: Edward Berenson (NYU)
“Populism and the Media: Journalists at Work”: Sat., April 8, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Speakers: Clare Malone (Fivethirtyeight.com), Sofia Papaioannou (Alpha TV, Greece), Michael Slackman (New York Times), Marine Turchi (Mediapart, France), and Stéphane Gerson [moderator] (NYU)
Opening remarks: NYU Provost Katherine E. Fleming
The event is free and open to the public. Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 212.998.8740. Subway Lines: 6 (Astor Place); N, R (8th Street).
Reporters interested in attending the event must RSVP to James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The conference is organized by NYU’s Institute of French Studies and the university’s Center for French Civilization and Culture and co-sponsored by NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies.