TSI hosted a lecture „Populism as a vision of a world and a social movement. Research problems” given by full Professor of Political Science and Religious Studies Maria Marczewska-Rytko | TSI

TSI hosted a lecture „Populism as a vision of a world and a social movement. Research problems” given by full Professor of Political Science and Religious Studies Maria Marczewska-Rytko

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On Friday, May 31th, TSI held guest lecture „Populism as a vision of a world and  a social movement. Research problems” given by full Professor of Political Science and Religious Studies Maria Marczewska-Rytko.

Populism has been a hot topic for many years now. It has served as one of the main interpretive frameworks for understanding a wide range of political phenomena.

Maria faced her vision supported by numerous researches on the topic: „The differentiation, definition or evaluation of populism constitutes one of the most difficult tasks facing social scientists. The term "populism" has no single precise definition. Its uses encompass many meanings pertaining to different contexts. The problem is all the more complicated since the history of populism reflects the social, political, economic, and cultural conditions of particular countries and civilisation areas. Populism is essentially eclectic because it delivers a vision of the world that can be accepted by different social groups. Hence populism stresses nationalistic ideas and glorifies the values advance by the socjety/the nation/the people as the basis of national identity. The glorification of native culture plays a major role in shaping the new awareness of the masses. Appealing to the positive inheritance of the society and the collective wisdom of the masses, populism tends to form different social and political movements. A populist movement can be characterised as a mass social and political movement formed in response to the existing state affairs and calling for its radical change. Populist movements are characterised by their position outside the main centres of power, and the tendency to change its structure and replace its representatives.”

TSI is always pleased to invite professionals - bringing a fresh face into the classroom in the form of an interesting, engaging guest speaker is such a time-honored practice!

Maria Marczewska-Rytko, full Professor of Political Science and Religious Studies; Head of Political Movements Department (Faculty of Political Science, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland); Vice-President of the Research Committee on Political Socialization and Education (RC21) of the International Political Science Association (IPSA, from 2018; President 2012–2018); Editor-in-Chief of Annales UMCS sectio K: Politologia.

Main research topics: direct democracy, populism, religion and politics, political and social movements, new social movements.

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