Contemporary Populism in Germany and India: Issues and Perspectives

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This conference will bring together scholars from India and Germany to follow an interdisciplinary, international approach to elucidate whether there are different ‘varieties of populism’ around the world, or whether we can find theoretical and empirical core characteristics of populism.

Event Information

November 15, 2021, 2:00 PM to November 16, 2021, 8:00 PM

Organizer: University of Goettingen, Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), DWIH New Delhi


Time- 9:30-15:30 CET


Inaugural Address
Prof. Gopal Guru, Rtd Prof., Political Science, Editor EPW, Mumbai
Prof. Simon Fink, Professor for the Political System of Germany & Director of Studies, Euroculture Programme, University of Göttingen

Populism in Politics
Chair: Prof. Rajeshwari Deshpande, Savitribai Phule Pune University
Prof. Parimal Maya Sudhakar, MIT School of Government (MIT-SOG)
− Kiran Moghe, trade union leader and feminist activist
Prof. Mangesh Kulkarni, Savitribai Phule Pune University
− Dr. Swati Dyahadroy, Women and Gender Studies Centre

Populism in Media
Chair: Prof. Shruti Tambe, Professor & Head, Department of Sociology, Savitribai Phule Pune University
− Prof. Madhavi Reddy, Savitribai Phule Pune University
Dr. Lars Klein, University of Göttingen
Prof. Shraddha Kumbhojkar, Savitribai Phule Pune University
Rahul Chandawarkar, Communication Strategist and Journalist, GOA
− Kumar Ketkar, Member of Parliament and senior Journalist

Populism in Society
− Chair: Dr. Lars Klein, Senior Lecturer, University of Göttingen
Prof. Dr. Suhas Palashikar, formerly Professor at Savitribai Phule Pune University, and Chief Editor of the journal “Studies in Indian Politics”
Dr. Shruti Tambe, Savitribai Phule Pune University
− N.N. Manisha Gupte-Ramesh Awasthi, Mahila Sarvangeen Utkarsh Mandal (MASUM)
− Dr. S. N. Kolekar, Savitribai Phule Pune University

Workshop for young scholars: Contemporary Populism in Germany and India: Issues and Perspectives
Facilitators: Prof. Shruti Tambe & Prof. Simon Fink