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After Liberalism? Populism and the Future of Democracy


After Liberalism? Populism and the Future of Democracy


The Alfred Deakin Institute’s flagship annual international conference, After Liberalism? Populism and the Future of Democracy, will engage with the many challenges confronting the liberal order in the contemporary global political landscape.


General Registrations now open.

Register below or directly through Eventbrite.

Download the Preliminary Conference Schedule here.

The conference call for papers has closed. Please contact if you have not received correspondence regarding a submitted paper.

After Liberalism? Populism and the Future of Democracy

The second half of the twentieth century saw the emergence of a liberal world order dominated by the US and Europe. It was driven by a single unifying assumption: that the merits of globalization, free market capitalism and democracy were self-evident. Citizens across the world were expected to embrace this model and live in peace and prosperity under ‘Western’ hegemony.

However, recent years have revealed just how many challenges confront the liberal order. Many have experienced liberalism as a system designed to benefit existing political and business elites. Financial crises on both sides of the Atlantic portended various forms of illiberal populism. Demagogues tapped into deep reservoirs of resentment, spruiking isolationism and xenophobia as a panacea for inequalities. Challenges have also come from further afield. The balance of global power has shifted from the old hegemons towards illiberal regimes that have quickly emerged as economic and political powerhouses. Free from the constraints of elections and accountability, and in the face of declining Western power, these states have become increasingly assertive on the world stage.

This shifting political landscape raises pressing questions for global politics in the twenty-first century. Are we witnessing the end of the US-backed post-war liberal world order? And, if so, how can we rethink or reform liberalism, or develop new forms of governance in the face of such challenges? Our ‘After Liberalism?’ conference will bring together leading scholars and practitioners across the disciplines of Politics and International Relations to engage with these questions across the following four key themes:

  • Populism, Immigration and Inequality

  • Liberalism, Security and Foreign Policy

  • Sustainability and Climate Change

  • Democracy and Public Deliberation

Key Details:

Dates: Wednesday 20 November - Friday 22 November

Location: Deakin Downtown, Docklands, Melbourne.

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Keynote Speakers

Plenary Panel Members

Conference Timeline

Wednesday 13 March, 9:00am AEST

  • Call for Papers Opens

Friday 5 July, 5:00pm AEST

  • Original Call for Papers Closes

Monday 15 July, 5:00pm AEST

  • Extended Call for Papers Closes

Friday 2 August, 9:00am AEST

  • Early Bird Registrations Open

Friday 2 August, 5:00pm AEST

  • Notification of Outcome of Call for Papers

Saturday 28 September, 12:00am AEST

  • Early-bird Registrations Close/General Registrations Open

Tuesday 12 November, 5:00pm AEST

  • General Registrations Close

Wednesday 20 November, 9:30am AEST

  • Conference Opens

Wednesday 20 November - Friday 22 November, 5:00pm AEST

  • Conference Proceedings (full program released closer to the date)


  • University of Sunshine Coast

  • Australian Institute for International Affairs

  • French Embassy in Australia