The 5th International Nida Forum will take place on the 9-10th of September, 2022, in Nida.

In the Name of the Nation!
The threats of populism in Europe
As we continue to consider what – besides the pandemic or geopolitical challenges old and new – is causing ever greater headaches for Europe, we have all observed that here and there, the springs of populism burst out within it. And the problem is not exclusive to the so-called new Europe, the countries that have joined the community of democratic countries fairly recently. We also see manifestations of populism, for instance, in France and Germany. Dare we say that Brexit as well happened to a great extent because of populist motives.
Where do these groups, sometimes larger, and sometimes entirely insignificant, find the inspiration to speak “in the name of the nation”? Why do such groups often declare themselves the guardians of traditional national or religious values? Why do we think that populism is a threat to individual states or the whole European community? Couldn’t we just generalize that a certain degree of populism is a constant trait of democracy? Almost every political force must kowtow to the electorate and engage in a greater or lesser compromise.
Where does populism come from? Could it be our attempt to find simple answers to serious life problems, which, if swept under the rug, sooner or later still befall us in the shape of various crises? In other words, is populism an expression of our fear of living?
This is what the 5 th Nida Forum is about to discuss. It is a place were, for a single weekend, we can put our minds to the issues that cause us migraines.

September 9th (Friday)
History museum of Curonian Spit (Pamario str. 53, Nida)

9.15 am. Registration

9.30 am. Opening

Morning session, chair Antanas Gailius

10.00 – 11.30 am. prof. Dainius Žalimas (Dean, Faculty of Law, Vytautus Magnus University, former President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania)

  „The Constitution and Political Populism“

11.45 am – 1.15 pm.  dr. Jogilė Ulinskaitė  (Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science) 

“Where Does Populism Come From? Creation of Populism in Lithuania” 

Afternoon session, chair dr. Jogilė Ulinskaitė

3.00 – 4.30 pm. Edwin Bendyk (PL) (journalist, President of the Board of the Stefan Batory Foundation)

„Between Right-Wing Populism and Liberal Nationalism. Lessons from the War in Ukraine“

September 10th (Saturday)

Morning session, chair dr. Jogilė Ulinskaitė

10.00 – 11.30 am. Dr. Timothy Noble (GB/CZ) (Assistant Professor, Charles University, Prague, Protestant Theological Faculty)

 “A chosen race, a holy nation, Gods own people“: Populisms and their religious roots”

11.45 am – 1.15 pm. Darejan Jana Javakhishvili (GE) (Professor of Clinical Psychology, Tbilisi Ilia State University)

  “Collective Trauma, Populism and War: The Case Studies of Russia and Georgia”

Afternoon session, chair Antanas Gailius

3.00 – 4.30 pm. Sofi Oksanen  (Finnish writer) 

“Putin’s war against women”

4.45 – 6.15 pm. Dr. Thomas Arnold (DE) (Director of the Catholic Academy of the Diocese of Dresden-Meissen)

„The Longing for the Great Rupture. Die Neue Mitte in East Germany and the Reactions of the Churches“

8.00 pm. History museum of Curonian Spit (Pamario str. 53, Nida)
Poetry reading by Belorous poet Sabina Brilo, featuring herself and her translator Gintaras Grajauskas

September 11th (Sunday)

9.00 am. Holy Mass at the Nida Church

Celebrated by ANTANAS SAULAITIS SJ

The presentations from the previous Nida Forums in the archive of the Thomas Mann Cultural Center