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Intellectuals against liberal democracy. Academia, media, and culture.

02 jun 2022 09:30 - 03 jun 2022 16:00
IEA de Paris
17 Quai d'Anjou
75004 Paris

Workshop organized par Valentin Behr 2021-2022 Paris IAS Fellow and Simon Massei, Université libre de Bruxelles.


This workshop seeks to bring together scholars who study conservative intellectuals’ engagement and intellectuals’ contributions to the critique of liberal democracy in various national and historical contexts.


Thursday, June 2

Panel 1 : The formation and circulation of illiberal ideas
Chair: Valentin Behr (IAS)
Discussant: Laure Neumayer (Université de Picardie Jules Verne) 

Aron Buzogany (BOKU Vienna)  and Mihai Varga (FU Berlin): The defenders of Western civilization: Assembling Europe’s transnational right-wing network.
Chloé Kattar (EUME, Berlin): Right-Wing Lebanese Intellectuals in Transnational Networks During the Lebanese Civil War.
Simon Ridley (Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre): Extreme-Anti-Public Intellectuals: Hans Herman Hoppe and the ‘Physical Removal’ from the Libertarian Order.
Marlène Laruelle (George Washington University): Mapping Illiberal Production in a Russian Context: Bottom Up and Top Down.
Eva Pils (King's College London, EURICS): Defending ‘rule by virtue’ in Xi Jinping’s ‘New Era’ China: a discussion of anti-liberal establishment intellectuals amongst Chinese legal academics.

Panel 2 : Illiberal intellectuals figures
Chair: Simon Massei (ULB)
Discussant : Wiebke Keim (Université de Strasbourg)

Fabio De Sa E Silva (University of Oklahoma): From Car Wash to Bolsonaro: Law and Lawyers in Brazil's Illiberal Turn (2014–2018).
David Swartz (Boston University) : Conservative Divisions within the US Academy: Trumpists versus Conservative Anti-Trumpers.
Valentin Behr (Paris IAS): Uniting the Right through ideas? Metapolitics at the transnational level.
Juliette Faure (Sciences Po, CERI): Re-enchanting the Soviet modernity: Russian modernist conservatives and the ‘spiritualization of technology’ in the 1970s.

Roundtable (in French) : Une « droitisation » des espaces politiques ? Comprendre la montée de l’illibéralisme et de l’extrême-droite
Chair: Valentin Behr and Simon Massei
With the participation of: Béatrice Hibou (CNRS, Sciences Po, CERI), Marlène Laruelle (George Washington University), Nicolas Lebourg (Université de Montpellier)


Friday, June 3


9h30 - 13h
Panel 3 : Illiberal media and social movements
Chair: James F. Hollifield (SMU, Paris IAS)
Discussant: Simon Massei (ULB)

Natasza Quelvennec (EHESS, CESSP): A conservative think tank at war against gender in Poland. Sociology of a militant expertise.
Jérôme Pacouret (CESSP): YouTube and the extension of the domain of conservative news and ideas: the case of the French far right news magazine Valeurs actuelles.
Ève Gianoncelli (Maison française d’Oxford): Cultural Warriors and Anti-Feminism.
Bruno Ronchi (Université Rennes-1): Olavo de Carvalho and the Traditionalist influence on the structuring of Bolsonarism.


Concluding remarks and brainstorming

Date dépassée
Decentering the study of the production and circulation of ideas. Conservative intellectuals and the critique of liberal democracy
01 September 2021 - 30 June 2022
03 Jun 2022 16:00
Valentin Behr
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