Book Launch

Saturday 12.11.2022 - 12:30-14:00 - GEOPOLIS BUILDING, Room 1612

Populism and Science in Europe

edited by Hande Eslen-Ziya and Alberta Giorgi


Contributors: Carlo Berti, Elisabeth L. Engebretsen, Alberta Giorgi, Gilles Ivaldi, Oscar Mazzoleni, Maria Francesca Murru, Emilia Palonen, Clemente Penalva-Verdú, Luca Raffini, Mette Marie Roslyng, Carlo Ruzza, Tuija Saresma, Thomas Sattich, Liv Sunnercrantz, Tevfik Murat Yildirim, Hande Eslen-Ziya.


With an interview to: Andrea Pető


The book deals with the role of science in populism. Research shows how science is put forward in populists’ discourse: traditional epistemic authorities are frequently contested by advocating alternative knowledge authorities, and in some cases, alternative epistemologies as well. With a specific focus on Europe, the book provides an overview of current research on the topic, including: (1) a theoretical focus on alternative science, counterscience, pseudo-science, troll-science, conspiracy theories, “truth”, and the role of experts and expertise; (2) empirical analyses focusing on different fields of science and science-related debates (among which: gender, veganism, vaccination, climate change) in different countries (including Finland, Italy, Portugal, Denmark, Spain, Switzerland, France, Norway, Germany and the USA) and at the European Union level; (3) a discussion about the effects of science-related controversies on scientific work in Europe. The book is a point of reference for future research on the topic.


Some of the contributors will be present for the discussion.


Comitato locale di organizzazione

      Sinem Ertugrul

      Hennah Le Brette

      Antoine Lehmann

      Oscar Mazzoleni

      Emilia Meini

      Andrea Pilotti

      Grégoire Yerly

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