For the conference Constitutionalism in the Age of Populism, Professor Jeremy Webber from the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria has prepared a discussion paper for a pre-conference session. During the session with faculty members and graduate students from multiple disciplinary backgrounds, the essentially contested nature of populism crystalized and different ways of conceptualizing populism were disclosed. Discussion on geographies, historical legacies, specific conjunctures, left and right family resemblances and alternative ways of constructing the ‘us’ versus ‘them’ distinction filled the two-hour seminar.

In order to bring the multilogue into the online world, we invite you read the paper and join the blog discussion with any ideas in reaction to Professor Webber’s discussion paper or to any of the debates that the different speakers in the conference stimulate.




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