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Criticisms of democracy, authoritarianism and populism in Europe

Critiques de la démocratie, autoritarismes, populismes en Europe

Demokratiekritik, Autoritarismen und Populismen in Europa

Continuities and disruptions from the inter-war period until today

Quelles continuités et ruptures entre l'entre-deux-guerres et aujourd'hui ?

Kontinuitäten und Brüche von der Zwischenkriegszeit bis heute

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Published on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

Facing the feeling of »crisis« of democracy arising in recent years and symbolized by the rise of populist movements, there is a recurrent comparison with the inter-war situation in today’s political debate in many European countries. Is this comparison relevant to understand the specific democratic practices during both periods? Building on this question, the workshop serves as kick-off for the research program Which democracy/democracies? Reflections on the crisis, modernization and limits of democracy in Germany, France, England and Central Europe between 1919 and 1939 supported by the Centre interdisciplinaire d’études et de recherches sur l’Allemagne (CIERA).

Announcement

German Historical Institute Paris, March 14 – 15, 2019

Topic

Facing the feeling of »crisis« of democracy arising in recent years and symbolized by the rise of populist movements, there is a recurrent comparison with the inter-war situation in today’s political debate in many European countries. Is this comparison relevant to understand the specific democratic practices during both periods? Building on this question, the workshop serves as kick-off for the research program Which democracy/democracies? Reflections on the crisis, modernization and limits of democracy in Germany, France, England and Central Europe between 1919 and 1939 supported by the Centre interdisciplinaire d’études et de recherches sur l’Allemagne (CIERA). The workshop questions the concept of populism from a historical perspective and will conclude with an interdisciplinary round table. It aims at discussing the comparability of the current political context with that of the inter-war period, as well as testing the heuristic advantages that this analogy can offer to historical analysis. Submissions for this workshop should concern one (or more) of the following topics:

Persistence of phenomena and concepts

  • Criticisms of representative democracy: What echoes of inter-war debates can be found in current criticisms of representative democracy?
  • Authoritarianism yesterday and today: Is the comparison with the inter-war period relevant to understand contemporary authoritarian temptations?
  • »Novelty« of contemporary populism? Can the concept of populism help to compare the opposition of »people« and »elites« recurrent in both periods?

Relevance and instrumentalization of historical and geographical comparison

  • Virtue of comparison in history and social sciences: Under which conditions is a comparison between democracies of different periods relevant in order to grasp the specific issues of the time respectively?
  • Political instrumentalization of historical comparison: How can we attempt to understand the recurrence of references to the 1930s in the contemporary European debate? What positions towards the current political situation do they support?

Proposals may include case studies of one or more countries (preferably Germany, France, Great Britain, Poland or former Czechoslovakia) or methodological or epistemological reflections on the question of comparability. The proposals of young researchers are particularly welcome. The working languages will be French, German and English.

Submission guidelines

Please send an abstract of your presentation (title, summary, biographical notice) with a maximum size of one page (or 3.000 words) to critiquedemocratie@dhi-paris.fr until

October 4, 2018.

We will cover the cost of transportation and accommodation if funding can be secured for the workshop.

https://www.dhi-paris.fr/de/newsroom/detailseite/news/detail/News/call-for-papers-6.html

Selection Committee

  • Pascal Fagot, université de Strasbourg
  • Frauke Hoentzsch, université d’Augsbourg
  • Christian Jacques, université de Strasbourg
  • Zoé Kergomard, Institut historique allemand
  • Annette Lensing, université de Caen
  • Marcus Llanque, université d’Augsbourg
  • Reiner Marcowitz, université de Lorraine
  • Stefan Martens, Institut historique allemand
  • Thomas Nicklas, université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne
  • Christian Roques, université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne

Date(s)

  • Thursday, October 04, 2018

Keywords

  • démocratie, autoritarisme, populisme

Contact(s)

  • Zoé Kergomard
    courriel : citizenshipeducation [at] dhi-paris [dot] fr
  • Anneke Viertel
    courriel : presse [at] dhi-paris [dot] fr

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Zoé Kergomard
    courriel : citizenshipeducation [at] dhi-paris [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« Criticisms of democracy, authoritarianism and populism in Europe », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, https://calenda.org/460717

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