Students from my seminar Populism as a Social Phenomenon have created a podcast. In six episodes, they discuss different aspects of the concept and the phenomenon called “populism.” The six episodes will be published weekly on Wednesdays, starting on March 10th, 2021, at https://anchor.fm/podcasting-populism.
Episodes published so far
1. Zum Verhältnis von Demokratie und Populismus. Ein Interview mit Prof. Dr. Dirk Jörke
The first episode begins the podcast with a discussion about the complex relationship between democracy and populism. To that end, Hannah Kepplinger, Laura Rebecca Klein and Niklas Roth interview Prof. Dr. Dirk Jörke (TU Darmstadt).
2. Corona-Demos – Zwischen Existenzängsten, Freiheitsideologien und Verschwörungsmythen
In the second episode, Hella Rabien, Aline Ross and Janne Thiel discuss whether the demonstrations of the so-called “Querdenker” are populist and what holds together the heterogeneous groups that march under this banner. To that end, they interview Verena Stern (University of Bielefeld).
3. Paradoxien im Populismus – Abstiegsangst und Umweltschutz
In the third episode, Melissa Pracht, Volker Pascal Schüren and Michael Theil extract concepts from Arlie Russell Hochschild’s Strangers in Their Own Land (2016) and try whether environmental conservation and fears of scoial decline can be used as “keyhole issues” to gain insight into right-winged poupulism in Germany.
4. Geographien des (Rechts)Populismus
In the fourth episode, Max Baum, Brit Engelke, Gabriel Hausladen and Laura Schilling probe, what socio-geographical theories can contribute to the explanations of (right-winged) populism. They discuss this with Prof. Dr. Bernd Belina (Goethe University Frankfurt)
5. Populismus in der Corona-Krise
In the fifth episode, Leopold Baur and Alexander Wunn discuss populism’s communication strategies: who uses them, to what end – and are they problematic for democracy?
6. Populismus in den sozialen Medien
In the sixth episode, Lisa Gebhardt, Johannes Hippler, Leon Rosenthal and Edith Schönig ask whether and why populist parties enjoy more success on social media than other parties. They discuss these and further questions with Prof. Dr. Marcus Maurer (University of Mannheim) and Manuel Neumann (University of Mannheim).