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[Conservatism and Reaction in Contemporary Politics]

Center for Civic Engagement Presents

Monday, February 11, 2019 – Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Conservatism and Reaction in Contemporary Politics

Harriman Institute, 420 W 118th St. NYC

A conference organized by the Bard College Center for Civic Engagement, Gagarin Center of St. Petersburg State University, and the Harriman Institute at Columbia University

February 11th 9:15-4:15, Columbia University, International Affairs Building, Room 1512 
February 12th 2:30-8:00, SUNY Global Center, 116 E 55th St., Global Classroom 

Recent developments in electoral politics throughout the world tend to be associated with the victory of populism or the new right. These newly-popular politicians and parties (Trump, Putin, Front National, Basic Finns, Alternative for Germany, etc.) usually have a dominant ideology, even if it is eclectic and hybrid. The traditional name of this ideology is conservatism. It argues for exclusive and identitarian nationalism, a higher role for family and church, authoritarian structures of power, the need to defend against subversives – the rest is dependent on national tradition. Its more pejorative analogon, going back to the counter-revolutionary resistance to the French Revolution, is reactionism.

How did this ideology evolve in the late 20th-early 21st century? What are its main principles? What makes it attractive? What classes/groups does it represent?  How can one argue against it/for it? Is an ideological analysis still valid at all? These and other questions will be at the core of discussion with special focus on conservatism in contemporary Russia (where it has in fact become a ruling ideology).

The conference is free and open to the public, no registration is required. 

Download: Conservatism Conference Updated Program 2-7-19.pdf

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Location: Harriman Institute, 420 W 118th St. NYC