NoVaMigra International Conference on Populism and Migration, Budapest, 10-11 March 2020
Hans-Georg Betz (University of Zurich), François Boucher (KU Leuven), András Bozóki (Central European University), Alex Demirovic (University of Frankfurt), Marcus Düwell (University of Utrecht), Eva Gedö (John Wesley Theological College Budapest), Catherine Vihtol de Wenden (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), Jean-Yves Camus (IRIS), Peter Krekó (Political Capital Institute), Attila Melegh (Corvinus University Budapest), Richard Szentpéteri Nagy (John Wesley Theological College Budapest), János Salamon (McDaniel College Budapest), Endre Sík (Debrecen University / TARKI), Éva Szénási (University of Szeged) and others
Venue: John Wesley Theological College & Hotel Benczúr, Budapest, Hungary
Following the 2015 wave of migration, populism has gained momentum world-wide. In 2016, “populism” was chosen the Word of the Year as the term most often used in the professional press and the media. Political theorists all over the globe have taken notice of this new phenomenon.
This conference focused on the relationship between migration and populism. The two phenomena show a fairly clear difference in their geographical location: migration is more immediately felt in Western Europe, while in the Eastern parts, where it tends to pose a theoretical rather than a practical problem, anti-migration propaganda takes center stage in the politics of burgeoning populist governments. The intention of this conference was to take a long and hard theoretical look at the problems related to these two concepts. Special attention was given to the following questions: what is the causal relationship between the spread of populism and migration? What role do anti-migration sentiments play in the self-definition of populism? To what extent do the theoretical and political deficits of liberalism contribute to the growing presence and influence of populism today?
For a detailed programme, see here.
NOVAMIGRA, responding to the changing situation due to COVID-19, live-streamed the conference. We will soon publish the video recordings on our media page.