Radical Right-Wing Narratives and Manifestations

A REMESO open seminar on hate speech, anti-immigration sentiments and racism in Europe 

Racisms without Racism? On Ignorance and Denial
Marta Araújo, University of London, UK, and University of Coimbra, Portugal

The notion of ‘racisms without racism’, proposed by David T. Goldberg, encapsulates the assumption that racism would, if left alone, evaporate from Westernized societies. This stems from an understanding of racism as born out of prejudice and ignorance. Here it is argued that this view has invisibilized the persistence of institutionalized racism and portrayed struggles against racism as the problem.

Marta Araújo’s research integrates studies of Democracy and Human Rights and looks at of Eurocentrism and racism knowledge production, history teaching, and political struggles, as well as in public policy.

An Alternative World: Racism and Migration in the Present
Kristín Loftsdóttir, University of Iceland

Racism should be seen as part of the wider social and cultural context that populist movements operate within. Their claim of “non-racism” gain legitimacy through discourses of race and difference that are generally not recognized as racist but seen as constituting 'common sense'. This is discussed from three angles: Covert racism; re-stitching of time, and ‘crisis talk’ as key to mobilization of populist movements.
Kristín Loftsdóttir is a professor of Anthropology. She has focused on racism, whiteness, mobility and crisis. Her most recent publication is the co-edited Messy Europe: Crisis, Race and Nation-State in a Postcolonial World (Berghahn, 2018) and Exotic Iceland: Coloniality, Crisis and Europe at the Margins (Routledge, 2018).

Organized by Catrin Lundström, Associate Professor of Sociology and LiU Research Fellow at REMESO, in collaboration with The Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils in the Humanities and Social Science (NOS-HS)

April 25, 2018, Bomullsspinneriet, B 342, 13.15-16.00

The seminar is open to all interested!