Public Forum: Combatting Populism

A Social Sciences Research, Community and Engagement Discussion

In an era marked by Brexit, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, the election of US President Donald Trump, and many years of problematic governance in parts of South East Asia and South America, we are beginning to learn what right-wing populism is, how it comes about, and how it puts at risk some of the core institutions of a just and ethical society and obscures some of the alternatives used to describe future societies.

But how do we challenge and combat populism? Is it enough to say we just don’t like it? Do we argue for the solidification of liberal institutions, or do we push for even more radical social and governmental systems? In what ways are different groups, organisations and communities actively combatting populism already? What can the humanities and social sciences learn from existing real-world experience, and how can we better work together to address one of the world’s significant social and political problems?

Please join Professor John Keane (The University of Sydney), Professor Mark Beeson (UWA), and other speakers from The University of Western Australia and the community for a lively discussion on how we address right-wing populism and protect social justice and ethical societies.

John Keane is Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB), and Distinguished Professor at Peking University. He is renowned globally for his creative thinking about democracy. He is the Director and co-founder of the Sydney Democracy Network. He has contributed to The New York Times, Al Jazeera, the...
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SSW Speakers
Mark Morri
A crime author and journalist
Greg Barton
Shanthi Robertson
Academic: Senior Research Fellow, Institute For Culture And Society
Academic: DECRA Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, Writer, Lawyer
Farida Fozdar
Academic: Sociologists - Deputy Head (Research), UWA School of Social Sciences
Deborah Lupton
Academic: Centenary Research Professor, Communication
Anthony Elliott
Academic: Dean of External Engagement
Joel McGregor
Associate Lecturer, PhD Candidate
Ben Lohmeyer
Critical youth sociologist and youth worker
Duncan McNab
Journalist & Author
Xanthé Mallett
Academic: Criminologist and forensic scientist
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