June 21st 2021 – 9:00am PST- 18:00 CET
Nationalist-populist movements around the globe rely centrally on a particular form of collective memory in framing national identity and advancing their political agenda.
This webinar with Polish experts provides an exceptional opportunity for addressing the rise of populism in Poland (and Central Europe) and how it is rooted in a resurgence of nationalist historic narratives. The panellists will focus on the argument whether the experience of imitating the West over last two and a half decades has led to a nativist reaction in Central Europe (based on the book “The Light that Failed: a Reckoning”; the Polish edition of this book has the subtitle: “How the West has failed its followers” by Ivan Krastev and Stephen Holmes). The book describes the reassertion of “authentic” national traditions and identity as a reaction to the post-national liberalism associated with EU enlargement. Krastev and Holmes claim that the resurgence of populist nationalism has been largely driven by such an anti-liberal revolt in the region.
Would such an interpretative lens based on “The Light that Failed” be fruitful in assessing political developments in Poland?