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Dr. Astrid Séville

Winter Semester 2018/19

Astrid Séville – PortraitAstrid Séville is an Assistant Professor at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute for Political Science at LMU Munich. She studied political science, Roman philology and historical anthropology at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg and at the Université Denis Diderot Paris. In 2015, she finished her PhD dealing on the rhetoric of "There is no alternative". Her dissertation was awarded the German Dissertation Prize 2016.

In her second book (Habilitation), she works on a phenomenology of anti-populism. Populism is on the rise. Both as a theoretical concept and a political strategy, it is highly contentious. The very notion of populism serves to discredit political opponents – and it incites a profound discussion of liberal and democratic principles and fundamental ideas. The project thus analyses the relationship between democracy and populism and asks how societies understand and articulate their specific political culture as liberal and democratic. A comparative discourse analysis highlights similarities and differences between "anti-populist" discourses, strategies and positions. This comparative phenomenology of anti-populism pinpoints current challenges to liberal democracy from a theoretical as well as a political perspective.

During her time as a Junior Researcher in Residence at CAS, Astrid Séville will tackle a theoretical and historical analysis of the intricate relationship between democracy and populism. Furthermore, she will pursue a discourse analysis of the political debate on how to confront populist parties. Together with the Visiting Fellow Fabio Wolkenstein (Aarhus University), she will scrutinize the role and scope of (trans-)national interest articulation in Europe. Eventually, a workshop will enlighten the links between migration, democracy, and populism in the European Union.

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