The contemporary tendency in democratic societies, expressed by the increase in populist practices in a political rivalry, shows both the dynamism and complexity of different types of ruling games, as well as indicates an entirely new perspective of defining effective strategies for winning votes among the electorate and new mechanisms for shaping accreditation and legitimization in the public sphere. In this sense,  functioning populisms – interpreted as realized political doctrines based on an unconditional and omnipotent general will – favour illiberal democracy projects or to some extent introduce a concept of totalitarian democracy, where – according to the arguments of Jacob L. Talmon, they will be included in The Origins of Totalitarian Democracy – the category of the people is overinterpreted. In other words, current populists (authorities) become the main Legislator whose overriding goal is shaping: „»the young nation« with the help of laws derived from their superior wisdom. He prepares it to will the general will. First comes the elimination of men and influences not of the people and not identified with the general will embodied in the newly established Social Contract of the Revolution; then the re-education of the young nation to will the general will. The task of the Legislator is to create a new type of man, with a new mentality, new values, a new type of sensitiveness, free from old instincts, prejudices and bad habits”.           

It should not be forgotten that not without significance for the preservation and dissemination of populist practices in societies is certainly the emotional plane through which collective identification (affiliation function), consolidation and integration, or disintegration (social distancing function) takes place. In this understanding, the diverse emotions existing in the public space – both primary and secondary – play a key role in building and reproducing political relations. They play a leading role and/or an elementary function in shaping the mechanisms of domination, governance, and management mechanisms in a particular policy.              

In conditions of using the affective plane to create, implement, manage and control various manipulative tactics or social engineering strategies directly related to the instrumental control of human thinking and human agency on a mass scale, we invite you to an interdisciplinary discussion on current emotions in populisms. As a preliminary proposal, we propose the following areas of research:

1.    Biological, cognitive and psychological factors of the formation and shaping of emotions in social life.

2.    Primary and secondary emotions in the political space.

3.    The mechanism of socialization and cultural transmission and the functioning of emotions in contemporary societies.

4.    Populist practices and their affective dimension.

5.    Possessing power and governing with the use of emotions.

6.    Social engineering of emotions and the shape and development of current populisms.

7.    Collective emotions in democracy – populist mobilization as a response to the post-political democratic order.

8.    Anti-politics and emotions of populisms.      

We would like to invite you to submit your articles. The procedure is following:

1.    By 15 November 2021, submit the abstract (300–350 words) with the title of the article and a short bio via e-mail to both guest editors: Filip Pierzchalski ( ) and Marcin Tobiasz (

If your proposal is accepted, you will receive a confirmation. The date for submission of the completed article is 28 February 2022. In order to submit the full paper, authors must register on the “Society Register” webpage [].

 2.    All papers will be subject to the Society Register review regime. The volume will be published in 2022. Please comply with the editing requirements of the American Sociological Association (ASA). While preparing your article, please also remember about the Authors Guidelines. Shall you have any questions, feel free to write to us.                                        

3.    Expected date of publication: September 2022