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Populism as a Source of Hope? - "Politics and the Dynamics of Affects"

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

WELCOME REMARKS / Michael Ignatieff / President and Rector, CEU

ABSTRACT / My talk will examine the crucial role played in politics by what I call 'passions' to refer to the common affects that are at stake in the construction of collective identities. Taking my bearings from the agonistic model of democracy that I have elaborated in several of my writings I will scrutinize the nature of our current 'post-democratic' condition and enquire about the affects that need to be mobilized in order to create a collective will able to give a new vigour to the democratic ideals.

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BIO / Chantal Mouffe is Emeritus Professor of Political Theory at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster in London. She has taught and researched in many universities in Europe, North America and South America and she is a corresponding member of the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris. She is the editor of Gramsci and Marxist Theory (Routledge and Kegan Paul, London, 1979), Dimensions of Radical Democracy. Pluralism, Citizenship, Community (Verso, London, 1992) Deconstruction and Pragmatism (Routledge, 1996) and The Challenge of Carl Schmitt, (Verso, London, 1999); the co-author with Ernesto Laclau of Hegemony and Socialist Strategy. Towards a Radical Democratic Politics (Verso, London, 1985) and the author of The Return of the Political (Verso, London, 1993) The Democratic Paradox (Verso, London, 2000) On the Political (Routledge, London, 2005), Agonistics. Thinking the World Politically (Verso, 2013), with Inigo Errejon, Podemos. In the Name of the People (Lawrence & Wishart, 2016) and For a Left Populism (Verso 2019).