Populism in Asia:
The Same or Different Story?

25-26 FEBRUARY 2022

Populism in Asia:
The Same or Different Story?
The International Conference on
25-26 February 2022

About the Conference

The studies of populism in North America and Europe have reached an agreement upon the basic nature of populism in the Western liberal democracies. As a “thin” ideology, populism is found to be authoritarian, antipluralistic, welfarism-oriented, and chauvinistic. Populism in the West is related to economic conditions and, because of which, the sense of being deprived among some social groups. Populism in the Asia-Pacific region has not, however, been thoroughly investigated. The extant literature does not agree upon the characteristics of populism in this region, compared with its western counterpart. Some believe that it is the same story as in those North American and West European democracies, others believe not.

The conference is thus to invite the Asia-Pacific experts in the world to get together and exchange their empirical observations and research findings on populism in the Asian-Pacific countries, such as the details of its making, consequences, and implications. We intend to draw a comprehensive picture of populism in Asia and construct a comparative framework to contrast the models of populism in different political systems in the Asia-Pacific with the conventional wisdom derived from the West. Quantitative research based upon innovative data approaches is highly preferred.

Call For Papers

An edited book is planned to be published as a result of the conference. The themes for investigation in the conference include, but are not limited to: 

  • Populism and Nationalism
  • Populism and Democracy
  • Populism and Social Movement
  • Populism and the Internet
  • Populism and the Middle Class

Papers are now invited from interested scholars for this conference to be convened on 25-26 February 2022 in Hong Kong. Please submit an abstract of no more than 1000 words before 10 December 2021.


Date of Conference: 25-26 February 2022

Submission of Abstract: Before 10 December 2021

Submission of Full Paper: Before 31 January 2022


Department of Social Science 

The Department of Social Science provides a multidisciplinary learning environment for students to critically study human interactions and social processes in various societies with a global awareness. We strive for excellence in teaching and research by means of collaborative and innovative inquiry methods.

Centre for Greater China Studies, HSUHK

Centre for Greater China Studies (CGCS) aims to enhance interdisciplinary research that highlights the rise of China and its impact on the rest of the world. The CGCS has two major objectives. First, it serves as a research platform to formulate and promote Greater China studies at The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong (HSUHK). Its second objective is to facilitate academic exchange and cooperation between local and international scholars.


The CGCS will focus on four key areas:

i. To facilitate research on the Belt and Road Initiative and the Greater Bay Area Development.

ii. To encourage research on interactions between China and the rest of the world and accompanying problems that may occur.

iii. To promote digital research methods and apply related knowledge to the field of Greater China studies.

iv. To set up a “Greater China Network” website which would be used to engage in various types of academic activities and online publication.

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