Whether it is the election of Trump in America, the worrying performance of right-wing populists in Europe or the rise of the so-called Alt-Right, we currently face a growing and resurgent radical and far right.
We’ve brought together leading scholars and activists from across North America and Europe to discuss these developments and to ask whether together they amount to a fundamental challenge to multiculturalism and liberal democracy.
The keynote address will be delivered by world-leading expert on populism, Associate Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia, Cas Mudde.
Follow the discussion and debate below – we’ll be posting updates from the conference throughout the day.
Thanks to everyone who came today – we’re now finished for the day.
White men are the persecuted people, according to the Alt-Right – Mulhall
If we’re waiting for a movement to build up to join and fight against the alt-right, we’ll be too late and lose the war – Mulhall
Before there was a social cost if you joined an organisations like the national front. But these people can be anyone. They can just go home and orchestrate vile antisemitic campaigns against someone they’ve never met- Mulhall.
This is an international movement working across borders so we need to envisage it as a transatlantic movement – Mulhall
The alt-light is less extreme in terms of race but is just as dangerous as the alt-right and in some cases, can be even more dangerous – Mulhall
Real danger in anti-racism is that we wait for racist organisations to emerge. These organisations might not manifest itself publicly, operate online and attempt to shift culture – Mulhall
The notion of chivalry in the Manosphere is paradoxical to notions of promotion of rape and violence against women in the same circles – Mulhall
The Manosphere is important to understand as intrinsic part of the far right – Mulhall
The Manosphere – they claim to be the male equivalent to feminism although it usually just opposes it – Mulhall
This [international alternative right] is a movement that is united by the commonality of what they oppose, but divided by what it is that they oppose about it.
Joe Mulhall finishes the day by describing the alt-right and the differences with the alt-light…
There is a divide within the international alternative right, along lines of culture and race.
The alt-right represents the overlapping of the European New Right, the American Alternative Right, and online antagonist communities.
HNH Senior Researcher Dr Joe Mulhall is going to round us off with an in-depth look into the rapidly growing alt-right community.
We’re all part of exclusive clubs that make us think that our path is the right path. –Ahmed
In the aftermath of both the EU Referendum result and Donald Trump’s election, Sughra travelled across the Bible belt to meet as many people as possible with different views to her own.
The idea of listening to the other is an essential part of the journey to understand the ongoing political shocks inc. EU ref, Trump, the rise of the far right in Europe, and Black Lives Matter. –Ahmed
Next up is Sughra Ahmed, a Yale Greenberg World Fellow at Yale University, as well as a Research Associate at St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge. Ahmed was formerly Chair of the Islamic Society of Britain, a national grassroots organisation, who specialises in interfaith relations.
On the othering of Muslims: Last year, Francois Hollande in the same breath called for Muslim women to be given equal footing in society while calling for their liberation from their religion in order to embrace French values.
In France, 3/4 of reported prejudice against Muslims happens to women due to their overt religious identification (wearing a headscarf)
In France, multiculturalism officially doesn’t exist. Immigrants are expected to assimilate and to leave the rest of their identities behind.
Both France and UK are facing integration challenges – each country is tackling it in a different way.
Safya Khan-Ruf is sharing her experiences and how Muslim communities, especially women, face these challlenges on either side of the Channel.
However, despite opening its doors, segregation is a real, growing problem in Sweden. Minorities are being left behind when it comes to the things that matter – jobs, health, opportunity. –Poohl
Daniel Poohl up first to discuss what’s happening in Sweden.
“Nationalism has a bad reputation in Sweden due to social democratic dominance and the external image of Sweden as the most modern, open, just country in the world. A country that welcomes refugees and that everyone wants to live in. It has created a socially liberal norm.”
Lots more to discuss this afternoon with our academics, activists, and experts.
The government launched a campaign to keep refugees and immigrants away from Hungary – Peter
Hungary is one of the few countries where the far right couldn’t benefit from the refugee crisis because the government simply became more extreme – Peter
There is a workforce issue in Hungary – the problem is that no one wants to come to Hungary – Peter
They want to crack down on organisations that are funded by Soros – we are funded by Soros, says Peter.
George Soros and Brussels are the arch-enemies of the far right in Hungary – Peter
The far right in Hungary have an element of being proud of their European identity – Peter
The far right wants to become the centrist party in Hungary – Peter
Mudde talks about the pathological normalcy when it comes to the far right and that is very apt when it comes to Hungary – Peter
Hungary is a predictably depressing country when it comes to the far right – Peter
On average 2,000 people showing up for PEGIDA demos in Dresden each Monday – Fabian
Future of AfD: Ongoing infighting, shift more to right, enter the national parliament, potential party split – Fabian
AfD is a magnet for national conservative, reactionary and racist nationalist actors – Fabian
The German party presents itself as anti-establishment – ironic as party leadership have long history in politics – Fabian
Free University Berlin with an investigation of the German far right’s positions on
military and foreign affairs. Since 2010 he has been professor of social theory and
theories of political action at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf. He
also heads the Research Unit on Right-Wing Extremism at the university.
We may see Marine Le Pen face Marion Maréchal-Le Pen in future election – Camus
In 2022 the FN will be a totally new party – Jean-Yves Camus
Marion Le Pen believes the National Front needs to stick to identity politics and stop calling for the scrapping of the EU – Camus
A majority of France believes the National Front is a threat to democracy – Camus
Macron did something that seemed impossible a year ago – he totally changed the political map – his party didn’t even exist a year ago! – Camus
The centre has allowed radical right to thrive by not confronting xenophobic ideas 10-15 years ago – Paul Stocker
The radical and extreme right and electorally insignificant, but their ideas are not. The mass media has promoted their messages and the centre has enabled them to thrive – Dr Paul Stocker
The BNP, despite what you may think are not idiots and recognise media has been helping them on immigration – Paul Stocker
Dr Paul Stocker on the history of the media and the mainstreaming of hate: from 2000-2006, there were 8,163 articles in Express, Mail & Sun on asylum seekers alone, an average of 4 per day.
Media had a big role in creating unflattering perception around asylum seekers in the 21st Century – Stocker
Paul Stocker discusses the mainstreaming of hate
There has been a hardening of attitudes towards Muslims with consecutive attacks in the UK. After the Westminster attack there was around 12,000 anti-Muslim tweets but this rose over 20,000 after the Manchester attack – Lowles
Compromise on Brexit will polarise both sides & leave people unhappy, especially those who voted for Brexit – Lowles
The revenge of the Remainers – liberals voted in much larger numbers leading to Labour doing unexpectedly well in last election – Lowles
Nick Lowles, CEO of HOPE not hate, discusses the emerging far right threats in the UK.
Leaders of far right have huge followings on social media now – Lowles
Traditional far right is on the decline but the far right is changing – Nick Lowles.
Obligatory tea break before Nick Lowles discusses emerging threats in the UK.
Terrorism doesn’t have to lead to an Islamophobic backlash, but its translated as an attack by global Islam by the media and political groups – Cas Mudde
Cas Mudde believes Merkel will be re-elected and that Merkel and Macron have incredible opportunity to move the EU forward.
The French parliamentary elections changed the conversation: The media are now asking ‘Is populism dead?’ – Mudde
We think the Radical Right is linked to economic failure but it’s non-existent in Spain and Ireland- Mudde
We’re kicking off today’s conference with an opening keynote from Cas Mudde – a world expert on populism – who is discussing the mainstreaming of the radical right.