Rogers Brubaker and Tariq Modood: Nationalism and Populism Today

Online webinar: Can populism flourish during a pandemic? Are we witnessing a multicultural nationalism? These are the two of the questions asked by Rogers Brubaker and Tariq Modood in this webinar.


The webinar will take place on Thursday 28 May 19.00 Oslo-time  (7.00 PM, GMT+1).

How to attend

We have reopened the inscription for this event, after increasing the number of accepted participants, but please note that the capacity is still limited.

This event will be organized as a Zoom webinar. You can download Zoom here

The event will be recorded, but only active participants will be visible. Hopefully, we will get the opportunity to post the recording of the webinar at this web page.

Please sign up, and you will receive the meeting ID to join the event (not necessary for employees and students at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography).


Rogers Brubaker:  Paradoxes of Populism during the Pandemic

Can populism, widely understood as implacably hostile to expertise, flourish during a medical emergency that has increased the demand for and trust in expertise? Can populism, which thrives on crisis, gain traction by accusing mainstream politicians and media of overblowing and even inventing a crisis? Can populism, ordinarily protectionist in cultural and securitarian as well as economic senses, prosper by challenging the allegedly over-protective “nanny state”?

Suggested reading before the webinar: Why populism? (Article by Brubaker, 2017)

Tariq Modood:  A Multicultural Nationalism?

What is often described today as neo-nationalism or a new nationalist-populism arguably looks like the old nationalism. What is emerging as genuinely new are the identity-based nationalisms of the centre-left, sometimes called ‘liberal nationalism’ or ‘progressive patriotism’, which Nationalism Studies has been slow to recognize. I shall explore this idea with special reference to multiculturalism; the place of secularism, religion and religious identity; and the place of the majority.

Suggested reading before the webinar: A Multicultural Nationalism? (Article by Modood) 


Recording of the webinar


Rogers BrubakerRogers Brubaker is Professor of Sociology and UCLA Foundation Chair at the University of California, Los Angeles and Adjunct professor at Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo. He has written widely on social theory, immigration, citizenship, nationalism, ethnicity, and religion. His most recent books include Grounds for Difference (Harvard, 2015) and Trans: Gender and Race in an Age of Unsettled Identities (Princeton, 2016). His current book project is about digital hyperconnectivity and its discontents.


Image may contain: .Tariq Modood is Professor of Sociology, Politics and Public Policy and the founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship at the University of Bristol. He was awarded a MBE for services to social sciences and ethnic relations in 2001, made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2004 and elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2017. 
He has held over 40 grants and consultancies, has over 35 (co-) authored and (co-)edited books and reports and over 200 articles and chapters. His latest book is Essays on Secularism and Multiculturalism (2019). 

Published May 15, 2020 12:21 PM - Last modified Sep. 21, 2020 1:54 PM