february, 2019

201914feb12:00 pm2:00 pmPopulism and the Contemporary Human Condition12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Institute of Islamic Studies, 170 St. George Street, Jackman Humanities Bldg, Suite 530, Seminar Room, Toronto Event Organized By: Faculty of Law, Department for the Study of Religion, Institute of Islamic Studies

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Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins
Lecturer, Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs
http://jackson.yale.edu/person/daniel-steinmetz-jenkins/

Most explanations for populism today are political or economic in orientation. If the political party system better represented its members the populist temptation would be quelled. Or if there was a better system of wealth distribution and less wealth inequality the populist temptation would not be as appealing. This talk argues that the religious and existential dimension of populism has been under analyzed. The world wide populist revolt might also signifying a crisis of the human condition, which might in part explain why so many religious believers find authoritarian populist leaders so meaningful. The paper argues that those on the Left would do well to turn their attention to the existential/religious dimension of the populist revolt. As such, it suggest that an older attempt to make existentialism compatible with Marxism is in need of renewal today.

Comment: Gene Zubovich, Visiting Fellow, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto

Lunch will be served

Time

(Thursday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

Institute of Islamic Studies

170 St. George Street, Jackman Humanities Bldg, Suite 530, Seminar Room, Toronto

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Faculty of Law, Department for the Study of Religion, Institute of Islamic Studies

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