The Future of Europe: Nationalism and Populism as a Threat to Democracy

Please join us for a moderated discussion in anticipation of the 26th International Conference of Europeanists.

April 11th, 2019, 7 pm
Instituto Cervantes New York
211 E 49th Street, 10017


Free admission
In English with Spanish simultaneous translation
RSVP required:


Particularly since the financial crisis of 2008, the middle class—traditionally considered a stronghold for democracies—has suffered a clear setback from which it is only recovering slowly. This is one of the explanations for the rise of populism on both sides of the Atlantic, next to (perceptions of) immigration. Nationalism, racism and islamophobia spread in many Western countries, representing a threat to liberal democracies not seen since the Second World War. Is this an irreversible process? What are the alternatives to regenerate the democratic system and to revalidate its political legitimacy in the eyes of those who feel left behind?



Jan Willem Duyvendak
CES Chair and Director of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Ignacio Sanchez-Cuenca
Professor of Political Science at Carlos III University of Madrid

Agustin Santos Maraver
Ambassador Permanent Representative of Spain to the United Nations


Nancy Foner
Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and Graduate Center, CUNY




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