Antipodean Populism and the Fabrication of a Risk Society

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Over the past decades, populism has increasingly gained ground both on a national and global scale,
turning from an epiphenomenon into a structural aspect of contemporary world politics. Despite its
idiosyncratic features within the manifold socio-historical contexts worldwide, at the core of
populism lies the constitution of an anti-establishment and anti-intellectual group claiming
sovereign powers for a putative homogeneous collectivity, “the people” (Laclau 2005).

The nationalist drives articulated by populist leaders are propagated within offline as much as online settings,
fostering in the latter case the diffusion and intensification of “webpopulism” (Mojca and Birgit 2018). These rhetorical
strategies nevertheless risk disseminating manipulative propaganda and alarmist discourses of fear
and hatred among citizens, with the effect of exacerbating stereotypical representations and
hostility towards an imagined Other. Amidst this scenario of uncertainty, Australia and New Zealand,
among other Antipodean countries, have not been spared from the populist surge. However, while
forms of traditional and digital populism have been comprehensively explored in the European and

American continent, other sub-regional forms have been excluded from scholarly attention,
substantiating the so-called “Atlantic-bias” (Moffitt 2017).

The panel aims to offer a space of critical discussion on these still-to-be thoroughly investigated aspects of Antipodean populism and invites contributions on the following subjects:
Ideologies and Populist Propaganda
Populism and its Meanings
Persuasion and Manipulation in the Cyberspace
Hate Speech in Populist Discourses
Refugee Crisis and Migration
Imagined Others
Islamophobia and White Fundamentalism
Neo- and Techno- Colonialism
Telepopulism and Webpopulism
Emotionality, Attitudes and Populism
Post-Truth and Digital Era
Indigenous Politics and Antipodean Populism
Populist Narratives and Counter-Narratives
Cross-National and Trans-National Populisms
Multimodality of Populism
Left versus Right Populisms
Populism and Gender
Populism and Identity Politics

Please send a 250-words abstract and a 100-words bio-note clearly identifying the title of the panel
in the object of your email to the email address and by November 15, 2020.

All accepted participants will be expected to become members of EASA as a precondition to
presenting their papers. Details of EASA membership are available on the association’s website at
this address: A call for full-academic length
papers derived from conference presentations will be issued after the conference for publication in
the Association’s online journal JEASA (

Katherine E. Russo
University of Naples "L'Orientale"
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Katherine Russo, Arianna Grasso
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