Call for PhD applications

January 15, 2020

Call for PhD applications

Populism, Nationalism, and Authoritarianism: Mobilization Strategies and Discursive Repertoires

Available scholarships: 2 (one in Political Science, one in History)

Application deadline: January 31, 2020

The joint doctoral fellowship program Populism, Nationalism, and Authoritarianism: Mobilization Strategies and Discursive Repertoires brings together students and faculty researching nationalism from different disciplinary perspectives, with a particular focus on the complex and ramified relationship between authoritarianism and nationalism. The main objective of the interdepartmental cooperation is to integrate different disciplinary approaches in order to facilitate the regional, comparative, and global study of populist strands of nationalist politics. The study plan is designed to help students combine conceptual and methodological tools to generate conceptual and methodological tools to generate new insights into the discursive repertoires of political actors as well as the use of populist frames and topoi in everyday political interaction. The fellowship is intended to facilitate the combination of macro-institutional (top-down) and micro-political (bottom-up) perspectives on populist mobilization.

We are particularly interested in authoritarianism, nationalism, populism, or their intersections, from a Political Science or History perspective. Topics may touch upon elite discourses, nation-building policies, the construction and application of nationalism ideas for regime legitimation and consolidation, the mobilization of “uncivil societies”, the reconstruction of ideological traditions of authoritarianism and corporatism, or the morphology of authoritarian regimes and authoritarian, nationalist, or populist movements. We are open to both quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches as well as to in-depth regional studies and/or comparative research. Candidates should have an interest in theoretical problems related to populism, nationalism and authoritarianism.

Candidates submit their application either to the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations or the Doctoral Program in Comparative History, and state their interest in the fellowship. Students are enrolled either in the Political Science PhD program or in the History PhD program, and fulfil all the requirements of this program.

Further information:

Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations

Doctoral Program in Comparative History

General information on the application procedure

CEU Online application form

For questions on organizational issues please contact the respective departments:

Dr. Inna Melnykovska (melnykovskai@ceu.edu), Political Science

Mónika Nagy (history@ceu.edu) History

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