Panel of Experts: The Effects of Populism on Research and Higher Education

Join us on the 9th of November at 14:15-16:00 in the Solas Room, U-building, DCU Glasnevin Campus

We are delighted to announce the panel of experts is complete. This session will take place on the last day of the conference and will examine the relationship between populism and research. The title of the panel session is ‘Populism as a Global Phenomenon and its Influence on Research and Higher Education’.

Populism exists in different variants in different nations. The effects of these policies are getting clearer each day. Brexit is probably the most obvious example in Europe of the impact populism can have. Though many more effects of Brexit are emerging with each passing day, the question of how research will change after Brexit remains unanswered.

While Brexit may be the example of populism most heavily covered by the news, it is not the only threat to independent research. In Hungary, the government wishes to end “the domination of leftist intellectuals”, and therefore president Orbán is banning gender studies.

How will these policies influence academic research and cooperation?

In order to provide intellectual debate and hopefully shed more light on these topics, the IPRC will host a panel of experts. These experts will present their thoughts and findings during 10-minute Q&As with the moderator after which there will be time for questions from the audience. The debate will be chaired by Dr. Eugenia Siapera from the DCU School of Communications.  The panelists include:

Judith Sargentini, Member of the European Parliament, who has has been leading the process through the European Parliament to trigger the  Article 7 Procedure against Hungary.

Prof. Jane Ohlmeyer is a professor of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin and chair of the Irish Research Council.

Tom Boland former Chief Executive Officer of the Irish Higher Education Authority who has recently published a very interesting article on The Threat of Populism to Higher Education.

Dr. Mathias Möschel is an associate professor in the field of Gender Studies at the Central European University in Budapest and will experience Orbán’s policies first hand.

Dr. Ian Cooper is a research fellow at Dublin City University and works with the DCU Brexit Institute.

Dr. Erika Biagini a post-doctoral researcher in the area of Egypt and the Middle East who will cover the Arab spring and its effects on research.

Together these panelists will provide more insight into the effects of populism in Europe on academic research.