Popular Culture, Social Media and Populist Politics

Do15Feb(Feb 15)14:30Fr16(Feb 16)15:00Popular Culture, Social Media and Populist PoliticsPerspectives from Eastern EuropeVeranstaltungsartWorkshop


Organisiert von Aleksandra Szczepan (Universität Potsdam), Nina Weller (ZfL)

Kontakt: Nina Weller

ZfL-Projekt(e): Anpassung und Radikalisierung

Given the huge success of populist movements (as in Poland or Hungary) and the establishment of authoritarian forms of rule (as in Belarus and Russia), the role of popular culture within society has also changed. Popular culture faces greater political instrumentalization and, in part, repression, but also functions to compensate and resist as it transforms social unrest into entertaining formats. Social media in particular have opened up new possibilities and techniques to exaggerate political antagonisms, undermine ideological discourses, or create alternative symbols and narratives. At the workshop, we will compare a series of case studies from Poland, Russia, Hungary, and Ukraine to analyze different formats of popular culture from Eastern Europe, observing how their forms and functions have changed in recent years.


Thursday, 15 Feb 2024

2.30 pm

  • Welcome & Introduction of Participants and Projects
  • Aleksandra Szczepan (University of Potsdam): Sentimental Auschwitz and Righteous Gentiles: Holocaust Kitsch as a Political Tool in East-Central Europe
  • Alina Mozolevska (Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University, Mykolaiv): Meme Wars: Weaponization of Popular Culture in the Russo – Ukrainian War

5 pm

  • Marina Scharlaj (Dresden University of Technology): Pop Music, Politics and the Construction of War (Before and After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine)
  • Indira Anna Hajnács (Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe): Folk Music as a Projection Vehicle. Music and Populism in Hungary

Friday, 16 Feb 2024

10.15 am

  • Konrad Sierzputowski (Jagiellonian University, Kraków/ZfL): Populism, Popular Culture, and Communities of Laughter in Poland (2015–2023)
  • Joanna Staśkiewicz (University of Potsdam): Burlesque as Queer Heterotopia. Queering Gender Constructions, Myths and Biography in Burlesque using Examples from Berlin, New Orleans, and Warsaw

12.15 pm

  • Daria Ganzenko (Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam): Comedy of Resentment and Pride: ‘Russian People’ in Mikhail Zadornov’s Satiric Monologues (1989–2000s)

2.30 pm

  • Final Discussion

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15. Februar 2024 14:30 - 16. Februar 2024 15:00(GMT+02:00)

Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung

Pariser Str. 1, 10719 Berlin

Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung