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Kursnummer: 110523on

Elections in Spain: Left and Far-Left vs Right and Far-Right

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When: Monday, 17 July 2023, 9:00-10:30 CEST (Vienna time)
Where:
Online, Concordia Cloud/Zoom

Registration deadline: Sunday 16 July 2023, 22:00 CEST.. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link one day before the event.

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Speakers

Snap Elections: Socialist Defeat and rise of the Far Right

Fernando Vallespin, Political Science Professor at the Universidad Autónoma in Madrid, former chairman of the Political Science Department and Vice-chancellor of the University. From 2004 to 2008, President of the Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas, a government related and publicly founded institute for public opinion and opinion polls.

Which Elements have influenced the Rise of the far-right Vox Party?

Steven Forti, lecturer at the Department of Modern and Contemporary History at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). His research focuses on fascism, populism, nationalism and the extreme right.

Gender and LGBT as electoral issue

Marisa Kohan, journalist specialised in gender issues, development cooperation and Human Rights. Since 2017, she writes and coordinates the information on equality and gender for the Público newspaper.

Background

Polarisation is not new to the Spanish society: suffice to recall the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). Most grandchildren and great-grandchildren know the political views of their forefathers.

Several decades later, the society is divided again along several issues: from climate change to gender violence. During the latest local elections, held on 28 May 2023, the governing socialists (PSOE) suffered heavy losses and far right party (Vox) has advanced significantly. In some cities they have joined the right-wing (PP) and formed a coalition.

One of the first measures of the new coalition in Elche, Valladolid, Gijon and Palma de Mallorca is to dismantle bicycle paths, to name one example of the new ideological approach.

After defeats at municipal election, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called on snap elections for 23 July 2023. Which issues are at stake? Will Spanish presidency of Council of the European Union be affected?

Format

Presentations and conversation followed by a live Q&A. Moderation by Mirjana Tomic

Target Groups

Austrian and international journalists, thinktank analysts, and academics.

Number of participants: Maximum 70

Additional Information

Mirjana Tomic
Email: mirjana.tomic@fjum-wien.at, Cell: +43 676 365 26 93

Steven Forti

Steven Forti

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

Steven Forti (Trento, Italy - 1981) is a lecturer at the Department of Modern and Contemporary History at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). After receiving his PhD in History from the UAB and the Università di Bologna (2011), he has also been a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (2014-2022). His research focuses on fascism, populism, nationalism and the extreme right in contemporary times with a special focus on comparative and transnational history.

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Fernando Vallespin

Political Science Professor

Fernando Vallespin is Political Science Professor at the Universidad Autónoma in Madrid, where he has been chairman of the Political Science Department and Vice-chancellor of the University. From 2004 to 2008 he has been President of the Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas, a government related and publicly founded institute for public opinion and opinion polls. He has been Fulbright Fellow at Harvard University and visiting professor at universities such as Maryland, Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Malasia and Veracruz in Mexico. He is author of several books -the latest on Populism and Thomas Hobbes- and over a hundred academic articles and book chapters. His main area of interest is Political and Democratic Theory. He is a staff and weekly columnist at the Spanish newspaper El Pais. He was recently appointed member of the Spanish Royal Academy for Moral and Political Sciences.

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Marisa kohan

Marisa Kohan

Journalistin

Journalist, gender expert.

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