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CfP: POLLEN18 – Political Ecologies, Authoritarian Populism and Emancipatory Politics

A call for panellists has been issued for a panel on ‘Political Ecologies, Authoritarian Populism and Emancipatory Politics’ at the POLLEN conference in Oslo, 20-22 June 2018. The panel is organised by Amber Huff, a STEPS member and resesarch fellow at the Institute of Development Studies. It is related to the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative launched…

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Call for papers: International conference on authoritarian populism in the rural world

A call for abstracts has been issued for an international conference in March 2018, to explore the rise of ‘authoritarian populism’ in rural settings, as well as resistance and alternatives. The deadline for paper abstracts is 15 November. Collaborations between researchers and activists are especially encouraged, and the conference welcomes presentations in diverse media and…

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Why agrarian studies should confront the rise of authoritarian, populist movements

Last week I was in Russia at the fascinating fifth BRICS Initiative in Critical Agrarian Studies conference. Throughout the event we heard about the emergence of particular styles of authoritarian populist regimes, including in the BRICS countries, but elsewhere too. Based on my remarks at the final plenary, I want to ask what the challenges are for…

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Emancipatory Rural Politics: call for papers at AAG2018

Emancipatory Rural Politics: contextualising authoritarian populism and resisting, mobilizing and creating alternatives Call for papers, Association of American Geographers 2018 annual meeting, 10-14 April, New Orleans Organizers: Amber Huff (Institute of Development Studies and STEPS Centre) & Levi Van Sant (Georgia Southern University) Two sessions are being organized for AAG 2018 as part of the Emancipatory…

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Confronting authoritarian populism: a new initiative and a new paper

A few weeks back, I highlighted the launch of the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI), and the availability of small grants for doing research on both the contours of the current conjuncture, and how authoritarian populism emerges and is sustained in rural areas, as well as the forms of resistance and diversity of alternatives being…

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4th BICAS Conference: call for abstracts on extractivism & rural social dynamics in the BRICS

Following the launch of the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI), a call for papers has been issued for an international conference in Moscow in October. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS/PAPERS for the international conference New Extractivism, Peasantries and Social Dynamics: Critical Perspectives and Debates BRICS Initiative in Critical Agrarian Studies fourth conference Moscow, 13-16 October 2017 How…

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Small grants call to launch Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative

The new Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) has launched with a call for small grants applications. The grants will fund working papers and fieldwork to generate new, empirical reflections and analysis on authoritarian populism and the rural world. About ERPI Deepening inequalities, failed livelihoods, mass (under)employment, climate chaos and racist anti-immigrant attacks characterise many settings…