International Conference: MEDIA, DEMOCRACY, POPULISM: The media – mediator and promoter of populism, welcomes the opportunity for theoretical and professional debate on the populist discourse and the media. Populism as a phenomenon and reality is not an exclusive characteristic or trend in only transitional countries. It is also an important political and cultural problem in well-developed European countries, closely connected to the growth of certain right-wing movements. In any case, the media are seen as a faithful ally of both the promotion, but also in the fight against political populism.

The conference will present some of the most evocative case studies involving the relationship between the media and politics during a time of political instability including: parliamentary, presidential elections, political tensions, and global challenges such as terrorism and migration. The conference will welcome an opportunity to address regional and European experiences, but also comparisons will be made with other non-European and global insights in the field of media research practice, unethical populist communication, interaction of media and politicians, as well as newspaper reporting, as well as cultural policy (mis) usage of cultural performance and artists responses to populism.

We welcome a broad range of papers and presentations looking at populism, from a variety of perspectives. These might include, but are not restricted to the following:

  • Populist rhetoric by media outlets – from serving national interests to political manipulation.
  • Social media and digital platforms propagating a populist style of communication.
  • Populism and identity politics in the Balkans
  • Representations of the Other and the culture of fear in the service of political populism.
  • Populism as a threat to media sustainability, professionalism and ethicality.
  • Media populism – election rhetoric and guiding the masses.
  • Participatory media offering resistance to populism.
  • Legal regulations in preventing populist discourse
  • Media workers facing the challenges of populism and sensationalism.
  • Populism as both a threat and a possibility for economic development of the media.
  • The role of media literacy in public criticism of populism.
  • Media events – populist performances and the zeitgeist.
  • Populism in arts.
  • Cultural policies and populism.
  • XXI century media culture and populist communication strategies.

Abstract submission

To submit your abstract, please send the title of the presentation and an abstract of up to 300 words, along with your affiliation and a short biography in English, no later than 31st August  to

Your abstract will undergo double-blind peer review. If your abstract is accepted you will be invited to register for the conference.

Registration for the conference

The registration fee for the conference presenters is 40 EUR and 20 EUR for doctoral students.

The conference and side programs are open for audience and there is no registration fee.

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