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Contribution Round table
Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 1.43
Alter-Europe? Right-wing populism and European imaginaries
Contemporary right-wing populist politicians have been often portrayed as anti-European. Given that in their discourses they often target “Bruxelles” as one of their chief enemies, such descriptions may seem far from surprising. Recently, however, it has been becoming more evident that the statements in which they either criticize or reject the European Union ought not to be read as a rejection of Europe. Similarly, they ought not to read simply as a return of the primacy of the nation state or as an outright brush-off of everything beyond the confines of the nation state. Rather, what right-wing populist politicians and their supporters are expressing is the need of a different, alternative Europe - often termed as ""better,"" ""truer,"" and capable of preserving the ""genuine"" European culture and heritage. In this roundtable, we would like to shed light on such alternative visions of Europe which populist imaginations often position against “liberal Europe.” We are especially interested in the way in which the ideas and imaginations about Europe integrate into people’s everyday lives and in why they are (increasingly?) seen as attractive and convincing. Furthermore, we are interested in the tension between the ideas of ""restoration"" and ""revolution,"" in how the nostalgia for the past coexists with the search of new solutions and new models. Last but not least, we are interested in discussing if and how do these alternative conceptualizations of Europe relate to the - continusously emphasized - West/East binary.