S4E01: The Geneal­o­gy of Illiberalism

This episode explores the com­plex and con­tra­dic­to­ry rela­tion­ship between lib­er­al­ism and illib­er­al­ism in a his­tor­i­cal frame­work. It speaks to sev­er­al key ques­tions about the emer­gence of illib­er­al prac­tices today: What is the nature of the illib­er­al chal­lenge to an under­stand­ing of lib­er­al­ism as indi­vid­ual free­dom? Is there a nat­ur­al affin­i­ty between lib­er­al­ism and democ­ra­cy? How do pop­ulist illib­er­al trends exploit the weak­ness­es of lib­er­al con­sti­tu­tion­al regimes? And from where do threats to lib­er­al prin­ci­ples in uni­ver­si­ties emerge?

Guests fea­tured in this episode:

Rena­ta Uitz, is the co-edi­tor of  Hand­book of Illib­er­al­ism, who has con­tributed two chap­ters to it as well. Rena­ta is also pro­fes­sor of Com­par­a­tive Con­sti­tu­tion­al Law at the Cen­tral Euro­pean Uni­ver­si­ty, Vien­na, as well as the co-direc­tor of its Democ­ra­cy Insti­tute in Budapest.

Hele­na Rosen­blatt is a pro­fes­sor of his­to­ry, French, and polit­i­cal the­o­ry at the Grad­u­ate Cen­ter of The City Uni­ver­si­ty of New York, and the author of both Lib­er­al Val­ues: Ben­jamin Con­stant and the Pol­i­tics of Reli­gion andThe Lost His­to­ry of Lib­er­al­ism: From Ancient Rome to the Twen­ty-First Cen­tu­ry. Hele­na has also sub­mit­ted an arti­cle on “The His­to­ry of Illib­er­al­ism” in the Rout­ledge Hand­book of Illib­er­al­ism (2022).


Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.