Undergraduate Conference 2017

Populism, Nationalism and Deglobalization

Undergraduate conference


Organized by

the Nationalism Studies Program at Central European University, Budapest, Hungary


August 31 – September 1, Budapest


Monument Building 201, Nádor 9



Conference Program

All the panels will take place in room MB 201 (Monument Building 201).


August 31:

9.00 – 9.30: registration

9.30 – 10.00: welcome by Nationalism Studies faculty

10.00 – 11.30: Panel 1: Immigration, xenophobia and populism

11.30 – 11.45: Coffee break

11.45 – 13.15: Panel 2: Populist parties: systemic variables

13.15 – 14.30: Lunch break

14.30 – 15.30: presentation of CEU, campus tour

15.30 – 17.00: Panel 3: Ontological and philosophical foundations of populism

17.00 – 18.30: “The renationalization of urban space” – guided walking tour in downtown Budapest focusing on recent disputes over public memorials

18.30 – Conference dinner


September 1:

10.00 – 11.30: Panel 4: The rise of populist nationalism: case studies 1.

11.30 – 11.45: Coffee break

11.45 – 13.15: Panel 5: The rise of populist nationalism: case studies 2.

13.15 – 14.30: Lunch break

14.30 – 16.00: Closing roundtable discussion





August 31, 10.00 – 11.30

Panel 1: Immigration, xenophobia and populism

Chair: Luca Váradi

Emina Osmandzikovic: Immigrants’ Integration Experience in the European Union

Fanni Kovesdi: Changing feelings of national belonging: migration, in-between fields and habitus transformation through foreign study. A case study of Hungarian undergraduates in the United Kingdom

Helga Simo: Constructing the enemy in the Hungarian online media in Transylvania

Magdalena Ubysz: Does history repeat itself? Hate speech against Jews and Muslims amongst

German students

August 31, 11.45 – 13.15

Panel 2: Populist parties: systemic variables

Chair: Szabolcs Pogonyi

Marco Pastor Mayo: Populism and Technocracy: How Views on Governance and Identity are Transforming Party Systems

Emily Dalgo: Memories of US: National Myths and the Emergence of Xenophobia in American Anti-Establishmentarianism

Courtney Blackington: Nationalist Populism without a Crisis- The Case of Poland

August 31, 15.30 – 17.00

Panel 3: Ontological and philosophical foundations of populism

Chair: Szabolcs Pogonyi

Conor Hannigan: Populism, English National Identity and Brexit

Anna Thieser: Locking Legitimacy Technocracy and Populism as Narratives of a Crisis of Sovereignty?

Davide Sguario: Populist Discourse and Cultural Hegemony.  A philosophical interpretation of globalization





September 1, 10.00 – 11.30

Panel 4: The rise of populist nationalism: case studies 1.

Chair: András Pap

Federico Bonomi: The United States Immigration Laws: History of a Nation set up

by migrants

Andrej Bogatinoski: The Macedonian Cultural Confusion

Anna DeWitt: Brexit: The Causes and Significance of Britain’s Decision to Leave the European Union

Elise Lauriot dit Prevost: The never-ending colonial struggle: The Legacy of the colonization of Algeria on the identity of Algerian immigrants in France today


September 1, 11:45-13:15

Panel 5: The rise of populist nationalism: case studies 2.

Chair: Michael Miller

Josh Gold: Geopolitical Implications of Georgia’s Orthodox Church and its Religious Nationalism

Koka Kapanadze: Rise of Ultranationalism in Georgia

Rebecka Green: Swedish Nationalism: The Sweden Democrats and the Struggle for Humanitarianism

The Nationalism Studies Program was established by Central European University with the aim of engaging students in an empirical and theoretical study of issues of nationalism, self-determination, problems of state-formation, ethnic conflict, minority protection and the related theme of globalization. Drawing upon the uniquely supranational milieu of Central European University, the program encourages a critical and non-sectarian study of nationalism.


Students are encouraged to engage in an interdisciplinary study of nationalism, a subject that is inherently and fundamentally interdisciplinary. For this reason, the international teaching staff has been assembled to represent a wide range of disciplinary expertise relevant to the study of nationalism including history, social theory, economics, legal studies, sociology, anthropology, international relations and political science. The program offers a wide selection of courses that provide a complex theoretical grounding in problems associated with nationhood and nationalism combined with advanced training in the methodology of applied social science. Additional courses focus on placing problems of nationalism in the context of economic and political transition as well as constitution-building in post-1989 Central and Eastern Europe, with a comparative outlook on regime transitions outside the region.


The Master of Arts degree in Nationalism Studies is registered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York (US) for and on behalf of the New York State Education Department. The program also offers a PhD degree in the framework of a joint History-Nationalism PhD track in collaboration with CEU's History Department. In addition, the program’s MA graduates may apply to the PhD program in Political Science based on a special agreement between the two units.


For information on the MA program and scholarships, please visit https://nationalism.ceu.hu/.