ERPI 2018 Conference: "Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World"

17 March 2018

Understanding 'rural' authoritarian populism

The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) focuses on understanding the rise of 'authoritarian populism' in rural settings across the world, as well as the forms of resistance occurring and the alternatives being built. New exclusionary politics are generating deepening inequalities, jobless 'growth', climate chaos, and social division. The ERPI is focused on the social and political processes in rural spaces that are generating alternatives to regressive, authoritarian politics. We aim to provoke debate and action among scholars, activists, practitioners and policymakers from across the world who are concerned about the current situation, and hopeful about alternatives.

17 March 2018 to 18 March 2018
07:45 - 18:45
International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague
  • Asia-Europe Peoples Forum
  • The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI)

To debate these themes, we are organizing an international conference on the theme of 'Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World' on 17-18 March 2018 at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, Netherlands. Confirmed plenary speakers include: Achin Vanaik, Becky Bond, Burak Gurel, Dzodzi Tsikata, Eduardo Gudynas, Hilary Wainwright, John Gaventa, Karin Nansen, Khin Zaw Win, Natalia Mamanova, Raj Patel, and Zack Exley. 

Conference participants will join a series of plenary lectures and working group discussions focusing on the key sub-themes of the conference:

  1. The current conjuncture: rural roots and consequences.
  2. Resisting, organising and mobilising for an emancipatory rural politics.
  3. Alternatives: understanding, supporting, creating, deepening and scaling.

This will not be a typical academic style conference, and will instead involve a very interactive and participatory approach in order to include a wide range of different perspectives and experiences. This means we strongly encourage activists and non-academic researchers whose work engages with these themes to participate. 

You can read more about the ERPI in the framing paper and the contributions by Walden Bello and Jessica D. Ulrich-Schad & Cynthia M. Duncan to the Journal of Peasant Studies special forum on 'Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World'.

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For queries, you can get in touch with any member of the coordinating collective or send an email to

ERPI Coordinating Collective:
Ian Scoones (IDS, Sussex), Marc Edelman (CUNY), Wendy Wolford (Cornell University), Ruth Hall (PLAAS, South Africa), Lyda Forero (Transnational Institute), Ben White and Jun Borras (International Institute of Social Studies, ISS, The Hague)