Interdisciplinary Workshop on Identity and Politics

May 15–16, 2024

Toulouse, TSE/IAST Building

The Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST) and its research team on Leadership, Power and Inequality (LPI) will be hosting an interdisciplinary workshop on identity and politics.


Scholars from various fields recognize the pivotal role of group identities in shaping collective decision, polarization, economic outcomes, and political discontent. Identity is increasingly important in the political arena. Nationalism and us-versus-them populism are on the rise all over the world. Political alliances often form around identities. Political identities increasingly affect collective dynamics outside the realm of politics too. Identity-based affective polarization is increasing, as are social fragmentation and cultural conflict. These trends might ultimately challenge peaceful coexistence. But how do political identities actually come about? How does identity-based reasoning become salient? And what are its effects on collective decision making?

This workshop aims to bring together perspectives on identity formation and construction, and identity-based effects outside the political arena. It will revolve around two main themes: group identity as an outcome of political processes, and the implications of identity for social behavior and relationships. We invite experts from sociology, political science, economics, anthropology, cognitive science and communication science.


Speakers: The list of invited speakers will be announced shortly


This workshop is organized by the IAST Research Team on Leadership, Power and Inequality (LPI).

Organizers: Felix Dwinger, Giacomo Lemoli & Marijn Keijzer


Location: Toulouse School of Economics (Auditorium 3)

Dates: May 15-16, 2024

Registration: Registration is required to attend the workshop. Online registration will open early 2024

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This event is funded by a French government subsidy managed by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche under the framework of the investissements d'avenir programme reference ANR-17-EURE-0010.



Interdisciplinary Workshop on Identity and Politics, Toulouse, TSE/IAST Building, May 15–16, 2024.