My activities include regular commentary for media, engagement with NGOs and citizen associations, local government, and parliamentary committees. I have done participatory action research and worked towards open access publishing in the Finnish academia in several roles.

Here are some recent research activities.

Recent research visits: 

  • 18–22 February 2019: Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
  • 1–5 October 2018: University of Lund, Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, conversation with Spyros A. Sofos on Rethinking Populism from Hungary to the Middle East, 2 October 2018.
  • 29 July – 2 August 2018: La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, workshop on Agnes Heller.
  • 18–26 July 2018: Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.
  • 9-20 June 2018: Summer School at Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden, and European Solidarity Centre and University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland.

Keynotes: 

At the Brussels Discourse Theory Ways Forward conference in February 2019, organised by the Desire research group of FUB, I had the honour to take part in two activities, a plenary panel with my paper on Rhetoric Performative Analysis and Populism summarising some of my work and current trajectories, and a plenary panel on Women in Discourse Theory and Populism Research (with Ruth Wodak, Edina Doci and Jana Goyvayerts).

Visiting La Trobe University in 2018, I gave the Thesis Eleven Annual Lecture on Populism and Democracy in Contemporary Europe. I also had a seminar on Ágnes Heller, the Hungarian philosopher who emigrated to La Trobe in the 1977 that I had a chance to study in a research project.

In 2018, I also delivered keynote lectures on Rethinking and Researching Populism: the Case of Hungary at Provinzialising Populism conference at Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey, 3 September 2018; and on Populism on the Loose: From Demography to Democracy at The Aesthetics of Social Equality: Avant-Garde, Populisms and the People, conference at the Higher School of Economics, HSE, Moscow, 10 May 2018.

In 2017, I contributed on populism and space, giving a talk at UVic’s Distinguished Downtown Lecture Series the The City Talks,: Space of Passions: Populism and the Politics of “Us” in the Urban Streetscapes of Europe, in at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada, 30 November 2017.

Recent invited talks:

ReNEW Intensive Seminar on Populism with Emilia Palonen,Södertörn University, 31 Jan. 2019