The rise of such phenomena as post-reality politics, resistance voting, extreme right-wing parties, legitimised demonisation of refugees, the partisan lines drawn by emotive referendums, populist language at the highest levels of political power, regional politics blocking vast transnational agreements, and so on, have all been signaling the rise of a new nativism of petty locality that seeks a reversal of the status quo with unpredictable consequences.
The theoretical challenge of this is considerable: is this the voice of the disenfranchised and the rise of minor politics; or is it the triumph of populism through mendaciously democratic and inclusive means? What happens to stasis when co-opted? What is the role of affects in post-reality politics today? How to resist the nativist, nationalist call, while carrying on questioning the globalising impetus of capitalism?
The interdisciplinary panel brings together experts from the Westminster Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities in order to diagnose and reflect upon these recent emergences.
The discussion will be followed by a drinks reception.
- Dibyesh Anand, Politics and International Relations
- David Cunningham, English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies
- Radha d’Souza, Westminster Law School
- Harriet Evans, Modern Languages and Culture
- Thomas Moore, Politics and International Relations
- Lea Sitkin, History, Sociology and Criminology
Organisers: Elisabetta Brighi and Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos