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Wyss, Johana. “Exploring Populism Through the Politics of Commemoration.” Europe-Asia Studies 73, no. 9 (2021): 1683-1702.


This essay investigates whether the way in which Czech citizens relate to the commemoration of the fall of the Iron Curtain can shed light on the strong support for the currently dominant political party ANO, often labelled by political scientists as ‘centrist’ or ‘managerial’ populist. Based on ethnographic research in Czech Silesia, analysis of contemporary political discourse and follow-up fieldwork during the thirtieth anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in November 2019, the essay provides a case study of increasing political polarisation as a new form of populism emerges.

The Illiberalism Studies Program studies the different faces of illiberal politics and thought in today’s world, taking into account the diversity of their cultural context, their intellectual genealogy, the sociology of their popular support, and their implications on the international scene.