Topics of the day
The Netherlands, like many other Western European countries, has seen the rise of populist parties and
politicians who convey a strong and disconcerting anti-immigrant message. A well-known example is Geert
Wilders, the leader of the Dutch Freedom Party and fierce critic of Islam. Many strongly disagree with his rhetoric and policy proposals. Nevertheless he is highly popular with another, large part of the Dutch electorate. Populism is not a new phenomenon, nor is it necessarily linked to the political right or even constrained to politics at all. So what exactly is populism, why is it perceived as a threat to democracy and what are possible strategies to counter it? We have selected some of the best academia, Pieter van Os, Matthijs Rooduijn and Paul Scheffer, to discuss this issue with you.
Today Eduard Nazarski, director of Amnesty International, will welcome our group at the ‘Amnesty House’
at the Keizersgracht where he will touch upon some of Amnesty’s campaigns in The Netherlands. Gloria
Wekker will address the ‘interconnectedness’ of both previously discussed and upcoming HIA themes.
Amnesty International/HIA, Keizersgracht 177, Rosa Parkszaal (Ground Floor)
>> 09.00 – 09.30 Introducing the Day
>> 09.30 – 10.45 How elites are becoming increasingly populist. Yes, you too!
Pieter van Os, writing journalist NRC Handelsblad
>> 10.45 – 11.00 Break
>> 11.00 – 12.00 A populist Zeitgeist?
Matthijs Rooduijn, political sociologist, University of Amsterdam
>> 12.00- 12.45 HIA Action Plan: ‘Geert doesn’t speak for me!’
Spencer Heijnen, Senior Fellow
>> 12.45- 13.30 Lunch
>> 13.30- 14.15 Amnesty Internationals campaigns in The Netherlands
Eduard Nazarski, Director Amnesty The Netherlands
>> 14.15- 15.45 A multicultural and anti-racist gender theory in The Netherlands
Gloria Wekker, emirata professor Women’s studies
>> 15.45 -16.00 Break
>> 16.00 -17.30 The hidden vitality of Europe
Paul Scheffer, professor European Studies
>> 17.30 -18.00 Wrapping up the Day