Threats to Democracy in Times of Populism and Racial Nationalism conference
Interdisciplinary Conference on “Democracy under Threat in Times of Populism and Racial Nationalism”
April 10-11, 2020 at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
This conference aims to bring together people interested in past and current threats to democracy and various responses to these threats. Public scholarship that bridges the boundary between the academy and the larger community has been a central commitment at our four institutions for many decades. This conference deepens that commitment and explores debates about the past and future of democracy, the racial, religious, gendered and class dimensions of national visions of membership and exclusion, and the promises and problems of populism.
This conference sessions will include, but not be limited to, the following topics:
Historical and Contemporary Roots of Populism, Racial Nationalism and Democracy; Racism, Antisemitism, and Xenophobia as Threats to Democracy; Global and Comparative Perspectives on Populism, Nationalism, and Democracy; Immigration, Populism and Racial Nationalism; Economic and Cultural Roots of Democracy, Populism, and Racial Nationalism; Responses to Extremism and Authoritarianism; Role of the Media in Reinforcing and Resisting Threats to Democracy; Gender, Toxic Masculinity, and Populism; Public policy and Right-Wing Populism: Erosion, Backlash, and Rollback; Religious and Political Dimensions of Populism and Racial National; Education, Citizenship, and Belonging; How Scholarship Engages with the Public Interest; Public Institutions, Community Organizations, and the Question of Democracy.