16 May 2017 | EPS EIC ELG | News

Populism: Between Resentment and Resistance - Conference at FMG

FMG faculty professors Jan Willem Duyvendak, Reinout Wiers and Jonathan Zeitlin, warmly invite all to a one-day conference about Populism: Between Resentment and Resistance on Saturday 21 October.

The recent rise of populist parties and movements has attracted a lot of public and scholarly attention. At the University of Amsterdam a considerable body of research has been conducted regarding the nature of populism. This conference, organised by the Faculty of Social & Behavioural Sciences, brings together the rich and diverse expertise from different UvA disciplines and faculties.

Research has been conducted on the ideological orientation and emotional underpinnings of populism, its support among various sections of the population, its electoral performance and experience in government, as well as on developing forms of resistance against its growing political influence. Researchers will share and discuss scientific insights with colleagues, students, journalists, politicians and a broader public.


  • 09.30-10.00- Coffee and Registration
  • 10.00-10.30 - Welcome by the UvA Rector Magnificus Karen Maex and Dean of the FMG Faculty Hans Brug
  • 10.30-11.30 - Keynote by Katherine Cramer
  • 11.30-13.00 - Panel Round 1
  • 13.00-14.00 - Lunch
  • 14.00-15.30 - Panel Round 2
  • 15.30-16.30 - Keynote by Brigid Laffan 
  • 16.30-17.30 - Round Table with Luiza Bialasiewicz (FGW), Caroline de Gruyter (author and journalist) and Joep Leerssen (FGW) and Brian Burgoon (AISSR) as chair.
  • 17.30-18.30 - Drinks at De Brug

Keynote by Katherine Cramer

Katherine Cramer is professor in the political science department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service. Her keynote will be based on her latest book The Politics of Resentment, the result of almost a decade of studying political attitudes in rural Wisconsin. She is known for her innovative approach to the study of public opinion, in which she invites herself into the conversations of groups of people to listen to the way they understand public affairs. The keynote is organised in cooperation with SPUI25.

Keynote by Brigid Laffan

Brigid Laffan is director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and Director of the Global Governance Programme at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. She has published widely on European Integration and studies the theme of Populism in relation to the future of the EU. Her latest publications include her co-edited book Core-periphery relations in the European Union: power and conflict in a dualist political economy (2016) and her edited special issue of West European Politics, Europe’s union in crisis: tested and contested (2016).  Also see her recent interview on the French elections. This keynote is organised in cooperation with SPUI25 and ACCESS Europe as part of the 'Visions of Europe' series.


All are invited to attend the conference. Registration for the conference is free, but places are limited. Register through the link below.

Organisers and support

The conference is organized by the FMG faculty professors Jan Willem Duyvendak, Reinout Wiers and Jonathan Zeitlin. This conference is organized because of the importance of the topic, but also to celebrate the fact that the Faculty of Social & Behavioural Sciences, the Faculty of Economics & Business and the Faculty of Law have all moved to the Roeterseiland Campus. 

The conference is made possible with the support of the FMG Faculty, the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)ACCESS Europe and the Amsterdam University Press (AUP). AUP will be present with a book stand with books on Populism and related themes.