Populism, Multi-Cultural Identity, and the Future of Europe: The 2nd Annual Aronson International Studies Conference

April 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Board of Trustees Room, Hodson Hall
Johns-Hopkins - Homewood
Baltimore, MD

A one-day symposium featuring world-renowned scholars, authors, and policy makers from both the US and Europe, the event is aimed at addressing questions on the future of European identity and political organization. In the context of a rise in global populist movements, the symposium will focus particularly on recent and upcoming elections, trends toward illiberalism, the rise of far-right and far-left populist parties, and treatment of minority groups, including xenophobia, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. The symposium will feature presentations by, among others, Boris Dittrich, former member of the Dutch parliament and current director of LGBT Advocacy at Human Rights Watch, and Peter Schechter, Senior Vice President of the Atlantic Council. JHU undergraduates currently engaged in relevant research will also present. Students, alumni, and interested members of the public are welcome to attend.


David Hamburger and Camilla Dohlman, Co-Organizers
8:45 a.m.

Development and the European Project
Peter Schechter, Atlantic Council
Hanno Balz, Johns Hopkins
9 a.m.

Coffee Break
9:45 a.m.

The Future of Europe: Populism, Human Rights, and Identity Politics
Keynote Address
Boris Dittrich, Human Rights Watch
10 a.m.

Protesting (in) Europe: Fighting the Existential Threat of Managerialism’s Fictions
Marieke de Hoon, VU Amsterdam
11 a.m.

Lunch Break
11:45 a.m.

Student Research Panel: The European Right
Alexandra Marksteiner, Johns Hopkins
Carolline Lupetini, Johns Hopkins
12:15 p.m.

The Future of the Political Left: Notes from Sweden
Gudrun Schyman, Feminist Initiative
12:45 p.m.

Student Research Panel: Minorities and Marginalization
Camilla Dohlman, Johns Hopkins
David Hamburger, Johns Hopkins
1:30 p.m.

Concluding Remarks
Sydney Van Morgan, Director, JHU International Studies Program
2:15 p.m.