The new year is already looking promising with three major events endorsed by the SG and set to shape the activity of our members and beyond.

The Workshop entitled Movement Parties: Their Rise, Variety, and Consequences, chaired by Fred Paxton (University of Milan) and Endre Borbáth (Free University Berlin), was accepted for the ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops. The event will be held at the University of Edinburgh and online, 19–22 April 2022. The Workshop chairs are seeking papers on movement parties and/or broader interactions between social movements and political parties in democratic and (de-)democratising settings. Deadline for paper proposals: 2 February 2022.

The Section entitled Conspiring Elites and Disgruntled Masses? Revisiting the Populist and Extremist Challenges to Democracy, chaired by Fabian Habersack (University of Innsbruck) and Sophia Hunger (WZB Berlin Social Science Center), was accepted for the ECPR General Conference taking place at the University of Innsbruck, 22–26 August 2022. The Section chairs are seeking panels and papers focusing on different aspects of radicalism, populism, and extremism. Deadline for panel and paper proposals: 16 February 2022.

The 3rd Summer School on Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics is convened by Pietro Castelli Gattinara (Sciences Po & Université Libre de Bruxelles) and Andrea Pirro (Scuola Normale Superiore), and sponsored by the ECPR and the Centre for Research on Extremism (C-REX). This year’s event will take place at Sciences Po, Paris, 4–8 July 2022, as usual addressing early career researchers interested to apply established theories and research techniques to the study of far-right politics. Keynote speakers and instructors include: Cas Mudde, Nonna Mayer, Tore Bjørgo, Kathleen Blee, Linda Bos, Pietro Castelli Gattinara, Maura Conway, Caterina Froio, Andrea Pirro, and Andrej Zaslove. The Summer School convenors invite applications from talented PhD students from different social scientific backgrounds. Deadline for applications: 17 February 2022.

Calls are open – apply now!