Tim Lacy, Loyola University Chicago
Elizabeth Sanders, Cornell University
This proposed roundtable will bring together scholars of American Populism, American conservatism, the far right in America, and intellectual history. Our conversation will be framed by the continued popularity of Hofstadter, but it will not simply be a critical chorus. Recent scholarship on American conservatism and American Populism, as well as the resurgence of the global far right since 2016, poses some important questions about how we understand “populism” as an analytic and “Populism” as a historical political movement—the same is also true for “conservatism.” What do we mean by these terms? Has recent work—and/or recent events—collapsed some of the distinctions between these terms? Are they in need of reinvention or re-articulation? How might the “f” word (fascism) fit into the picture? And has Hofstadter lost any pertinence in the face of these developments? Because of the open-ended and historiographical nature of these questions, we feel that a roundtable format would more easily facilitate conversation, and allow space for greater audience participation.