Conference: Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World | Land Portal | Securing Land Rights Through Open Data

An international conference, organised by the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI), will take place in The Hague from 16-17 March 2018.

Authoritarian populism is on the rise, boosted by support from rural areas. The conference examines why, and explores the alternatives: the social and political processes in rural spaces that are resisting or responding to regressive, authoritarian politics.

You can download the programme (PDF) or follow the event on Twitter at #ERPI2018.


In the run-up to the event, a series of articles on the online magazine openDemocracy explore the issues around the conference.

Confronting authoritarian populism: the rural dimension
Ian Scoones, Saturnino M. Borras Jr., Lyda Fernanda Forero, Ruth Hall, Marc Edelman, Wendy Wolford, and Benjamin White
29 January 2018

Hindu authoritarianism and agrarian distress
Achin Vanaik
5 February 2018

Why #DefendAfrin? Confronting authoritarian populism with radical democracy
Amber Huff, Salima Tasdemir, and Patrick Huff
12 February 2018

Sacrifice zones in rural and non-metro USA: fertile soil for authoritarian populism
Marc Edelman
19 February 2018

Islamophobia gastronomica – on the food police, rural populism and killing
Raj Patel
26 February 2018

Authoritarian elitism and popular movements in Brazil / Élites autoritarias y movimientos populares en Brasil
Wendy Wolford and Sergio Sauer
5 March 2018

The demise of emancipatory peasant politics? Indonesian fascism and the rise of Islamic populism
Laksmi Savitri, Devi Adriyanti, Hanny Wijaya, Ciptaningrat Larastiti, Abdul Rahman, and Benjamin White
9 March 2018

How populism directed against minorities is used to prop up Myanmar’s ‘Democratic’ revival
Khin Zaw Win
12 March 2018

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