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OPUS Junior Scholars Workshop (Fall 2024)
We are thrilled to announce the OPUS Junior Scholars Workshop for the Fall of 2024. This workshop aims to bring together early-career researchers in the field of populism, providing a platform for presenting research, engaging in academic discussions, and receiving feedback from peers and senior scholars.

The study of populism has evolved significantly, attracting scholars from various disciplines who explore its complex relationship with democracy, radicalism, nationalism, migration, and globalization. Recent trends have also included the study of crises, disinformation, and conspiracy theories, and debates on the potential decline of populism following electoral defeats in several countries.

Our workshop seeks to address the future trajectories of populism studies, offering emerging scholars an opportunity to navigate this multifaceted field and develop innovative research approaches. The workshop will include presentations, discussions, and interactive sessions with leading experts in the field.

- Format: The workshop will be held online monthly throughout the academic semester.
- Dates: Monthly on Fridays at 11:00 AM (EST)/5:00 PM (CET) from September to November 2024 (a total of three paper presentations).
- Participants: Early-career researchers (including PhDs, post-docs, and advanced Master’s students) are encouraged to apply, with a particular emphasis on inclusivity, especially for women and scholars from the Global South.

Submission Guidelines
To apply for the workshop, please submit the following by June 28th:

1. Abstract: A 250-word abstract outlining your research topic, theoretical framework, and methodological approach.
2. Bio: A short biography (maximum 250 words) including your affiliation, research interests, and how your work aligns with the objectives of OPUS.

Submit your application via the following form:

Key Dates
- June 28th, 2024: Deadline for application submission.
- July 8th, 2024: Notification of acceptance.
- September to November 2024: Monthly workshops on Fridays at 11:00 AM (EST)/5:00 PM (CET).

For any inquiries, please contact us at We look forward to receiving your applications and welcoming you to this enriching academic endeavor.

Best wishes,

OPUS Steering Team
Jeongho, Charlie, Didem, and Yujin Julia

In conjunction with Team Populism, Opus Initiative has so far introduced the following events:

  • Graduate Seminars: Over the course of five meetings taking place throughout the academic year, several young scholars get the opportunity to meet with the OPUS members as well as senior scholars from Team Populism to share their work and receive detailed feedback in a supportive and stimulating environment. 
  • OPUS Conversation With…: These members-only series bring young scholars and the most established academics working on populism in a discussion format to deliberate over the state of the field, theoretical and empirical debates, current developments, and more. We plan these semi-formal events to only proceed with questions and answers (without any lectures or presentations) and use this opportunity to give YOU the floor. 
  • Brown Bag Lunches: Monthly meetings focused on the presentation and discussion of articles that are still in their infancy or in the development stage in a more informal setting. 
  • Newsletters & Blog Posts: Monthly blog posts (articles and/or interviews) investigating and discussing populism in all its forms.