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From the Margins to the Mainstream: Three Decades of the Populist Radical Right

Rector Herman Van Goethem and Ilse Loots, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Antwerp, are pleased to invite you to the inaugural lecture and lecture series by Professor Cas Mudde, laureate of the Belgian Francqui Professor Chair 2017 - 2018. 

8 March 2018 at 4 p.m. - University of Antwerp
Stadscampus –  Kapel van de Grauwzusters – Lange Sint-Annastraat 7, 2000 Antwerp

Dr. Cas Mudde is Associate Professor at the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia and Researcher at the Center for Research on Extremism at the University of Oslo. He is a leading scholar on extremism and democracy, in particular populism, and co-editor of the European Journal of Political Research.


Start at 4 p.m.
Introduction and laudation by Professor Petra Meier, Chair of the Department of Political Science.

The populist radical right emerged in Western Europe more than three decades ago, with parties like the Belgian Vlaams Blok (VB), Dutch Centrumpartij (CP) and French Front national (FN) scoring small results in local and national elections. During the 20th century the parties grew, spreading to more countries, but remained largely excluded from power and had only modest political influence. This has changed in the 21st century, in which the populist radical right has moved from the margins to the mainstream and populist radical right politics is no longer limited to populist radical right parties.

You are cordially invited to a reception after the lecture.

Please confirm your attendance online before 1 March 2018

In March and May 2018, Professor Mudde will give several additional lectures - feel free to attend them all!