Fascism? Populism? Democracy? Critical Theory in a Global Context—January 23-25, 2019 University of Brighton, UK

Dr. Kelly Gillespie from the Department of Anthropology and Sociology (UWC) will be a keynote speaker at the conference “Fascism? Populism? Democracy? Critical Theory in a Global Context” that will take place at the University of Brighton, in January 23-25, 2019.

Hosted jointly by the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics (CAPPE) at the University of Brighton, and the Department of Politics at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, in collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley, this conference brings together global reflections on critical responses to the fascisms and populisms of our time. This conference takes place at an unprecedented time. The early years of the 21st century have seen the reemergence of fascisms; the naturalization of nationalist, populist, sexist, xenophobic and provocative hate speech and conduct; and the marginalization of local and global progressive politics. Many events suggest a return to the 1920s and 1930s: “democratically” elected politicians in the United States, Hungary, Turkey, and India have resorted to nationalist tactics, undermining law and parliamentary sovereignty; resentment of culturally or religiously distinctive “others” is nurtured to reactionary ends; millions of immigrants, refugees, and stateless people are refused recognition as rights-bearing human beings. Yet the world today is also profoundly different than it was in the 1930s. Political discourses are mediatized in real time across the globe and a single mode of networked and financialized production structures all economic and political activity. Class structures, resource distribution, and the forms that inequality takes have changed in unprecedented ways. Read more

The conference is part of the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs (ICCTP), co-directed by Professor Judith Butler (UC Berkeley) and Professor Penelope Deutscher (Northwestern University), and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.