Announcement: Thibault Biscahie, winner of the essay contest

In January 2020, the Jean Monnet Project “Europe Dialogue on Democracy: Democratic deficit and the rise of populism in Europe” (CEDoD) - co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria - launched its essay contest “POPULISM: a corrective or a threat to democracy?”. As...
Read More

Draft Paper - Constitutionalism in the Age of Populism

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...
Read More

Constitutionalism in the Age of Populism: Symposium at UVic

The international conference will renew the debate over the relationship of constitutionalism to democracy, now in the light of populist politics. It will do so especially in relation to two countries at the heart of the debate (Hungary; Poland) but with comparisons to other contexts in which populism is gaining a foothold. The symposium will...
Read More

Debating Populism and the Politics of Migration

Populism is on the rise in the western democracies and it seems as if the topic of migration is used prominently by the right-wing populism for political mobilization. "Anti-immigrant sentiments are at the very core of this actor’s rallying cry and popular campaigns" writes the political scientist and historian Oliver Schmidtke in his latest blog...
Read More

Blog Post on Memory Politics in Europe

Contesting the memory of the Holocaust: Loss of lived memory and the rise of the far-right populism The 75 th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz took place under ominous signs: There is a troubling rise in anti-Semitism and right-wing nationalists contest the memory of the Holocaust challenging its fundamental meaning for Europe’s...
Read More

“Our Digital Future – C’est ICI!” – New EU-Canada initiative gives youth a voice in digital policy-making

Imagine a digitally-literate society where online empathy is enforced, your digital footprint can be erased, and your voice is counted directly in political decision-making. These are some of the many policy recommendations of participants in “ Our Digital Future – c’est ICI,” a new political engagement initiative bringing youth (18-30 years of...
Read More

Elections in Italy’s leftist Emilia-Romagna stop the irresistible rise of the right-wing Lega

By Oliver Schmidtke , Director at the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria Under normal circumstances regional elections in Italy remain widely unnoticed by international observers. Yet, these are not normal times in Italian politics. The country is currently governed by a fragile coalition between the centre left (Democratic...
Read More

ESSAY CONTEST: POPULISM - a corrective or a threat to democracy?

Young Scholar Essay Contest: POPULISM: a corrective or a threat to democracy? Young scholars at Canadian universities are encouraged to participate in a discussion on democracy and populism T he rise of populism from the right and the left has fundamentally challenged traditional party politics in Europe and North America. Established centrist...
Read More

Jean Monnet Network - European Memory Politics

Canadian experts on memory and politics at the University of Victoria have launched a new Jean Monnet Network “European Memory Politics: Populism, Nationalism and the Challenges to a European Memory Culture (EuMePo)” jointly with scholars from Europe focusing on timely and urgent questions related to populism and the politics of memory in Europe....
Read More

Top international stories of 2019 - interview with Oliver Schmidtke

Oliver Schmidtke, Director of centre for Global Studies, reflects on the top international stories of 2019 in an end-of-year special on CTV News.
Read More


Centre for Global Studies, PO Box 3050 STN CSC, Victoria, BC V2W 3P5 CANADA
(250) 721 7490