Populisms, Far-right and networks in the Baltic Sea Region: Strategies, Practices and Circulations
Drawing on a transversal and comparative approach, the objective of this workshop is to question the similarities and differences of those far-right and populist movements. Indeed, those movements are characterized by the rejection of the Other/Foreigner, by nationalistic tendencies (replis identitaires), by a growing distrust of some segments of the population towards national and European institutions and elites and by a political use of history aiming at rebuilding the national narrative. However, those similarities shall not hide the differences in their ideologies and practises of power, influence and importance on the national political arena as well as electoral dynamics.
This workshop aims to analyse how populist ideas, values or political practices emerge and circulate from one country to another in a region which has the particularity of being a space of cooperation and contacts. It aims to stimulate and to confront different research on the regional cooperation and transnational circulations of ideas taking an interest in the political and social aspects of regionalisation of the Baltic space. Moreover, the objective of this workshop is to question the way some issues such as international migration, minority rights (religious, ethnic, sexual), and attitudes towards Europe or Russia are treated by the medias and by populist movements in the countries of this region.
9.00 – 9.15 : Introduction and Welcome by Jacques RUPNIK (Research Professor Emeritus – Center for International Studies – Sciences Po, Paris)
9.15 – 10.45 :PANEL 1: Political use of History
Chair:Amélie ZIMA (Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for French Civilization Studies -University of Warsaw)
Discussant: Valentin BEHR (Postdoctoral Researcher at Université de Strasbourg)
- Bartłomiej ROZYCKI (Mazovian University in Płock) “Construction of historical narratives as a tool of (and against) populist communication strategies”
- Agata TATARENKO (Institute of Central Europe, Lublin) “Politics of memory of Polish party Law and Justice: Polish historical museums”
10.45 -12.40 : PANEL 2: Transnationalism and circulation of Populist Far-Right practices
Chair : Yohann AUCANTE (Associate Professor at EHESS-CESPRA, Paris)
Discussant :Clémentine FAUCONNIER (Associate Professor in Political Science, Université de Haute Alsace, France)
- Tõnis SAARTS and Mari-Liis JAKOBSON (Associate Professors, University of Tallinn) “Populist online mobilization strategies in transnational settings: EKRE on Estonian-Finnish social media”
- Katerina KESA (Associate Professor, INALCO-CREE, Paris) “Representation of the Baltic Sea Region by Estonian Far-Right: circulation and interpretation of news and images by EKRE’s political actors”
- Marie CAZES (PhD Candidate, University of Jyväskylä, Finland) “Neither left nor right? The Evolution of the Finns party on the political chessboard”
13.00-15.00 : PANEL 3: Practices of Otherness
Chair:Katerina KESA (Associate Professor, INALCO-CREE, Paris)
Discussant:Caterina FROIO (Assistant Professor in Political Science at Sciences Po, Center for European Studies and Comparative Politics (CEE), Paris and Affiliate researcher to the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX; University of Oslo).
- Vassilis PETSINIS (Senior Researcher, University of Tartu, Estonia), “Institutional politics, party politics, and ethnopolitics: The cases of Estonia and Latvia”
- Louis WIERENGA (PhD Candidate, University of Tartu, Estonia) “The Duality of Nativism: virtual immigration, the great replacement, and the joint targets of the radical right in the Baltics?”
- Peteris F. TIMOFEJEVS (Senior Lecturer, Umeå University, Sweden) “Radical right parties, their foreign policy positions to Russia and the European Parliament: A comparison of EKRE and NA”