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The Labor of Commoning: Women Against Authoritarian Populism in Hungary

Lukacs, Gabriella (2023) The Labor of Commoning: Women Against Authoritarian Populism in Hungary. In: Pitt Momentum Fund 2023.

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This project investigates how women use analog and digital media to participate in political discourse in the context of authoritarian populism, which is built on gender-based exclusion in Hungary. I propose that women play a pivotal role in consolidating an opposition to authoritarian populism by using analog and digital media to develop new political, cultural, social, and economic commons that the Fidesz-KDNP government has dismantled since 2010 when it rose to power. To probe my proposition, I analyze such prominent forms of media-based activism as billboard campaigns, street art, Internet memes, independent theater, and political vlogging. Exploring the place of media in fostering and fighting populism, I suggest, will shed light on the intensely mediated nature of populism, which inspires a conceptualization of populism not only as a political program, but also as a political style. Additionally, analyzing authoritarian populism through the lens of gender and labor will provide insight into understanding the crisis of liberalism, which fails to develop an economic program that does not exploit identity politics for profit. By investigating authoritarian populism in Hungary, this project adds an important case study to research on populism whose spread across the globe has peaked scholars’ interest in recent years.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Lukacs, GabriellaLUKACS@pitt.edu0000-0001-5707-3858
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of Sponsored Research > Pitt Momentum Fund
Date: 2023
Event Title: Pitt Momentum Fund 2023
Event Type: Other
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.18117/4nta-h806
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Anthropology
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: Priming Grants - Social Sciences, which includes Business, Policy, Law, Education, Informatics, and Social Work
Other ID: 6150
Additional Information: Poster to be added by March 1, 2023.
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2023 22:02
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2023 15:57


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