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.


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