HEPPsinki Newsletter 1/2024

News, publications, and events of the Helsinki Hub on Emotions, Populism and Polarisation.

Greetings from the Helsinki Hub on Emotions, Populism and Polarisation! As we step into 2024, we are thrilled to share the highlights of our journey through 2023, culminating in the success of our 4th Conference. Welcome to the first edition of the HEPP Newsletter for 2024, where we bring you news, insights, and exciting developments in our field. 

A Happy New Year

Emilia Palonen, leader of HEPP, shares her thoughts on the road ahead.

The HEPP4 Conference – numbers and achievement

Our 4th Conference was a success, with engaging discussions and impactful outcomes. Beyond the numbers, the conference delved into themes that shape our contemporary world. From dissecting the role of emotions in political discourse to addressing the roots of populism, the conference was a melting pot of ideas and perspectives. Check out our detailed recap in this letter to the participants by the chairs Feeza Vasudeva and Alexander Alekseev to relive the enriching experience.

Mercedes Barros visiting SKY doctoral program and HEPP4 Conference 

In December 2023, the University of Helsinki had a special guest from Argentina. Mercedes Barros, currently a researcher at the CONICET, spent two weeks in Finland, giving two open keynote lectures, advising PhD students and networking with old and new colleagues. She also taught a master class, Dirty Words: populism, feminism, and hegemony with Emilia Palonen. To know the details of the visit, read the report by Laura Horsmanheimo.  

HEPP goes North: Post-conference symposium and workshop 


After the HEPP4 Conference in Helsinki, conference participants took the night train to Rovaniemi for a post-conference symposium co-hosted by Laura Junka-Aikio at the University of Lapland on December 14, 2023. This part of the ‘D.Rad HUB on ethnonationalism in Europe’, was reported by Dayei Oh.

Our visiting researcher from Ukraine, Olena Siden accounted for the further workshops held at the Pyhä ski resort, including a public event with the first full-length movie in Skolt Sámi, Je’vida introduced by its director, and you can read about them here.

Working Paper Series 


Further undertaking at HEPP in the spring 2024, is the Working Paper Series, one of the results of the HEPP4 Conference, that will be edited and shared by May. In the meantime, you can read the Working Paper Series previous edition.

Volume 1. Issue 1. Reflections on Emotions, Populism and Polarisation

Volume 2. Issue 1. Reflections on Emotions, Populism and Polarisation


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