PhD course: Populism vs. Multiculturalism: The Dilemmas of Democratic National Identities in the 21st Century

With Rogers M. Smith, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania and Honorary Professor, University of Copenhagen

In Europe, the United States, and many other countries, potent movements labeled “populist” or “nationalist” are on the rise, fueled by economic, political, and cultural anxieties and resentments often traced to neoliberal globalization and multiculturalism.  This seminar will explore some influential analyses of these movements in Europe and America.  It will then consider the political feasibility and normative desirability of countervailing conceptions of national identity that seek to respond constructively to populist anger while strengthening egalitarian, inclusive, multicultural commitments.  The overarching goal is to consider whether a genuinely democratic politics can achieve both the compromises and senses of unity needed to make multicultural national democracies work in the modern era. 

Possible readings:

  • Jan-Werner Muller, What is Populism?
  • Katherine J. Cramer, The Politics of Resentment
  • Rogers M. Smith, “Moderating Peoplehood” (from Political Peoplehood)
  • Rogers M. Smith, “Multiculturalism and National Identities in the 21st Century” (Boston Review, forthcoming). 

Practical information:

  • Dates: May 29 - May 30
  • Location: University of Copenhagen, Department of Political Science, Øster Farimagsgade 5. 1353 Copenhagen K
  • Price: For students enrolled at University of Copenhagen or political science departments at other Danish universities, course participation is free. For students at other departments, the fee is 1000 DKK.
  • Meals: Lunch and coffee will be provided every day. There will be a dinner for all course participants at a Copenhagen restaurant.
  • ECTS: If you participate with a paper you will be credited 2 ECTS and 1 ECTS without a paper

To sign up for the seminar, please send an email to Deadline for signing up is April 1st