Aronson Center Conference

The second annual Aronson Center for International Studies Conference, “Populism, Multi-Cultural Identity, and the Future of Europe,” will be held on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 8:45am-2:30pm in the Hodson Hall 3rd Floor Boardroom on the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University.

A one-day symposium featuring world-renowned scholars, authors, and policy makers from both the U.S. 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.

Here is the schedule of events and full conference program:

8:45am – Welcome

Beverly Wendland, James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

David Hamburger and Camilla Dohlman, Co-Organizers

9:00am – The Future of the Political Left: Notes from Sweden

Gudrun Schyman, Feminist Initiative

9:45am – Coffee Break

10:00am – The Future of Europe: Populism, Human Rights and Identity Politics

Boris Dittrich, Human Rights Watch (Keynote Address)

11:00am – Protesting (in) Europe: Fighting the Existential Threat of Managerialism’s Fictions

Marieke de Hoon, VU Amsterdam

11:45am – Lunch Break

Free for all attendees and catered by Ikaros

12:15pm – Student Research Panel: The European Right

Alexandra Marksteiner, Johns Hopkins, and Caroline Lupetini, Johns Hopkins

12:45pm – Development and the European Project

Peter Schechter, Atlantic Council, in conversation with Hanno Balz, Johns Hopkins

1:30pm – Student Research Panel: Minorities and Marginalization

Camilla Dohlman, Johns Hopkins, and David Hamburger, Johns Hopkins

2:15pm – Concluding Remarks

Sydney Van Morgan, Director, JHU International Studies Program

All JHU affiliates are welcome to attend. Members of the public are asked to please RSVP by Thursday, April 20, 2017.

The Aronson Center for International Studies Conference is made possible by the generosity of the Aronson Center for International Studies and the JHU International Studies Program, with co-sponsorship from the Department of Political Science, the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute, the Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship, the Foreign Affairs Symposium, the JHU Chapter of European Horizons, the Program in Jewish Studies, and IDEAL at JHU.