Global Justice and Populism


Organized by Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric
and the Global Justice Network

Hosted by the Max Weber Programme, European University Institute


The European University Institute, Fiesole (Florence), Italy


June 3rd - 4th 2019


Miriam Ronzoni (Manchester) & Tiziana Torresi (Adelaide)


Monday, June 3rd

10.15 - 10:30 Welcome

10.30 - 12.30 Panel 1:

  • Corrado Fumagalli (LUISS): “Anti-immigration Appeals and the Rigid Supply-and-Demand Logic of Populism”
  • Christopher Meckstroth (Cambridge): “Populism, Cosmopolitanism, or Democratic Realism?”

12.30 - 13.30 Lunch

13.30 - 15.30 Panel 2:

  • Benjamin Moffitt (Australian Catholic University) and Jonathan Kuyper (Queen’s University Belfast): “Transnational Populism, Democracy, and Justice”
  • Kai Spiekermann (LSE): “Why Populists Do Well on Social Networks”

15.30 - 16.00 Coffee Break

16.00 - 18.00 Panel 3:

  • Dimitris Efthyimou (Frankfurt): “EU migration, Access to Welfare Rights and Populism”
  • Eleonora Milazzo (EUI): “Failing Solidarity: Assessing EU Member States Motives For Non-Compliance In The Crisis Of The EU Asylum System”

20.00 - Late Workshop Dinner

Tuesday, June 4th

09.45 - 11.15 Keynote Session 1:

  • Nadia Urbinati (Columbia): “Between Democracy and Something Else: The Hard Case of Populism in Power”

11.15 - 11.30 Short Break

11.30 - 13.00 Keynote Session 2:

  • Benjmain McKean (Ohio State): “Populism and Global Justice: Separated at Birth?”

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch Break

14.00 - 16.00 Panel 4:

  • Maria Varaki (King’s College London): “Ethical Leadership and the Global Compact on Migration in an Era of “Populist Sovereignism”: A Test of Phronesis and Imagination”
  • Laura Santi Amantini (Genoa): “Containing Populist Anti-immigrant Sentiments: Is Government’s Action Legitimate?”

16.00 - 16.30 Coffee Break

16.30 - 18.30 Panel 5:

  • Tom Theuns (Utrecht): “Containing Populism at the Cost of Democracy?”
  • Fabio Wolkenstein (Aahrus, via Skype): “Partisan Complicity in Democratic Backsliding”

The event is sponsored by the DFG grant to Global Justice Theory Practice Rhetoric, with matching funding from the University of Manchester and the Max Weber Programme at the EUI.