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Event: EDMO BELUX Lunch Lecture – How some democracies are more susceptible to polarisation than others (18 December 2023)


Date: 18 December 2023
Time: 13:00-14:00 CET
Location: Online event

For the EDMO BELUX Lunch Lecture that took place on 18 December at 13:00-14:00 CET, we were delighted to welcome as our guest speakers Kamil Bernaerts, a PhD candidate at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and University of Warwick. His PhD focuses on the relation between different forms of polarisation and democracy. Specifically, he is interested in exploring the “boundary” between harmless and harmful forms of polarisation.

All over the world, democracies are affected by polarisation. Nevertheless, remarkable differences between countries exist. Scandinavian countries, for example, do much better than France, the UK, or the US. A large-scale comparative study by VUB-researchers Kamil Bernaerts, Benjamin Blanckaert and Didier Caluwaerts attributes some part of that variation between countries to their political institutions. The message of this presentation was therefore hopeful: within the right institutional conditions, democracies can successfully curtail polarisation.

Watch the recording here!


The EDMO BELUX Lunch Lectures are a series of informal gatherings on research topics such as disinformation, hate speech, polarisation, and digitalisation. During each Lunch Lecture, a guest speaker presents their work in a 30-minute talk, after which we open the floor for discussion. Lunch Lectures take place online and can be joined by everyone who is interested and who has registered beforehand.

The previous webinars in the series of Lunch Lectures:

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