le 15 novembre 2022
Publié le 3 novembre 2022 Mis à jour le 3 novembre 2022

Guest Lecture : Théo Aiolfi

photo Théo Aiolfi
photo Théo Aiolfi

Populism beyond the Far Right: From Anti-Populism to Green Articulations of the Populist Style

Théo Aiolfi est actuellement chercheur postdoctorale Marie Skłodowska-Curie / EUTOPIA-SIF à CY Cergy Paris Université, invité du laboratoire LT2D.


Over the years, a growing consensus has emerged about the core of populism: its focus on the people standing in opposition with the elite. But while the literature seems to mature, populism remains tainted in the public discourse by its association with demagoguery, amateurism and far-right politics. Building on the critical scholarship on anti-populism, I will demonstrate why these negative connotations are not only intellectually unsatisfying but politically dangerous as they enable the liberal centre to silence any challenge to the status quo by framing them as dangerous and undemocratic.

To move on from this conceptual impasse, I will then explore the way the dialectical tension between content and form illuminates the tired debates on the nature of populism. By contrasting ideological content and populist repertoire while emphasising their interconnection, I will argue that a discursive-performative approach provides the most productive way to disentangle populism from its pejorative connotations. Conceptualising it as an ideologically agnostic way of embodying politics, I then highlight the three core features of populism: its performance of agonism, transgression and crisis.

The final part of this lecture examines the intersection between green politics and populist style. While highlighting the potential pitfalls of the populist repertoire – including notably simplification, polarisation and reliance on a leader – I will discuss the benefits of this frame to understand the way green political actors mobilise conflict, transgression and emotion to perform the climate crisis in a more compelling manner.

Date : 15 novembre 2022 de 12h30 à 14h00

La guest lecture hybride est organisée en présence à l'Auditorium de la MIR à Neuville-sur-Oise et à distance sur Zoom.

Pour participer à la guest lecture à distance, connectez-vous sur Zoom : https://cyu-fr.zoom.us/j/91654453924

ID réunion : 916 5445 3924

La vidéo sera publiée sur la chaîne YouTube de CY AS