Populism, Markets, and Expertise: Social Science in an Age of Post-Truth

Thursday  4 May  2017  9:30 AM    Thursday  4 May  2017 6:30 PM
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This conference aims to address issues of social-scientific expertise and claims for authority in the light of recent political events and the rise of populism in Europe, the US, and elsewhere. These expressions represent different kinds of voice with implications for public debate and democratic practice and we believe that as social scientists and academics we have to bring our voices to bear more insistently within these debates.


Thursday 4th May, University of Warwick 

9.30am-10am, Registration and Welcome


10am-12pm, Populism

Nadine El-EnanyPopulism and the Law: Thinking Critically in Brexit Britain
Lecturer in Law, Birkbeck University of London

Akwugo Emejulu: Trump, Brexit and the Revanchist State
Professor of Sociology, University of Warwick

John HolmwoodPopulism and the Neo-liberal University
Professor of Sociology, University of Nottingham


12pm-1pm Lunch


1pm-3pm, Markets

Will DaviesMarkets against Experts: The Neoliberal Critique of Social Science
Reader in Political Economy, Goldsmiths University of London

Desmond KingEntrenching the New Right: Markets, Financialization and the State
Andrew W Mellon Professor of American Government, Nuffield College, University of Oxford

Sylvia WalbyPopulism and Expertise: Generating New Research Agendas on Violence and Finance 
Distinguished Professor of Sociology, UNESCO Chair in Gender Research, Director of Violence and Society UNESCO Centre, Lancaster University


3pm-3.30pmTea / Coffee


3.30pm-5.30pm: Expertise

Alice BellClimate Change, Fake News and the Slippery Politics of Critiquing Science
Director of Communications, climate change charity, 10:10

Sujatha Ramantbc
Associate Professor in Science and Technology Studies, University of Nottingham

Stephen TurnerExpert Failure and its Consequences: The Case of the IMF
Distinguished University Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of South Florida


5.30pm-6.30pm: Final Discussion

Philip Moriarty: Professor of Physics, University of Nottingham

Chaired by Gurminder K Bhambra, Professor of Sociology, University of Warwick

Funded by the Warwick ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, the University of Warwick and the University of Nottingham.


Image Credit: Populism, Dr Case

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