Parkland Institute:Populism and Its Discontents

We’re excited to announce the full schedule and lineup of speakers for Parkland Institute’s 23rd Annual Conference, Populism and Its Discontents, happening November 15-17, 2019 on the University of Alberta campus in Edmonton.

The conference will explore the recent success of authoritarian right-wing parties and governments around the world in claiming the banner of populism. Once the hallmark of the progressive left, populism today is the domain of a resurgent right, appealing to fear and anger, and proclaiming their defense of the common person against assorted elites. 

We’ll seek to answer the riddle of right-wing populism: what it is, how it emerged, where it might be leading, and the possibilities for the return of a progressive form of populism.

The conference starts on Friday evening with the opening keynote by philosopher, critic, and public intellectual Mark Kingwell and continues through Sunday afternoon’s closing keynote by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative’s Erika Shaker.

The conference will feature more than 20 speakers looking at different elements of right-wing populism, and exploring progressive alternatives. 

Visit the conference website for a full list of speakers and sessions, secure online registration, and information about how to volunteer for the conference. 

As always, Parkland Institute supporters enjoy a discounted registration rate, and early bird rates for all attendees are in effect until October 31.

We look forward to seeing you next month! As always, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or feedback.

Yours for a better Alberta,

– The Parkland Team
(Gale, Sharlene, Ricardo, Trevor, Alison, Scott, and Ian)