The content on this page was translated automatically.

Extremely populist? On the categorization of the contemporary right and its consequences

Exposé for the lecture series: Extreme law? Dynamics in civil society spaces 

In memory of the racist murder of Halit Yozgat, which was committed by the right-wing extremist NSU not far from the Holländischer Platz campus in 2006, the lecture series against right-wing extremism has been held at the University of Kassel every year since 2012 with changing topics. After last winter semester's lecture was dedicated to right-wing populist movements in Europe, in the coming winter semester 2019/20 we want to focus on civil society spaces and actors and discuss what role they play in relation to right-wing extremism, what dynamics are effective there and what positioning they take, or what strategies they open up in dealing with right-wing extremism and radicalization.
In recent years in particular, (right-wing) populist activities and groups in civil society arenas have attracted media attention: for example, the mobilizations of PEGIDA, the campaigning of "alternative trade unions" for works council seats or the accusation that welfare associations are profiting from the so-called refugee crisis as "asylum industry associations". These examples show that the current political lines of conflict - which are linked to the rise of the new right-wing populism - run right through civil society and represent a challenge for open societies and democracy, which critical science and educational practice must address. The lecture series is intended to contribute to reflection on this challenge.
The concept of the lecture series is to invite representatives from various disciplines (including sociology, political science, history, educational science, psychology, literature, cultural studies, linguistics, philosophy and social work) to present the current state of research and offer insights into recent social developments. As in previous years, the lectures are aimed at members of the University as well as other residents of the city of Kassel; once again, students will be able to complete coursework and examinations in various modules, especially in the core study program and key competencies.


Speaker: Dr. Floris Biskamp, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen


Supported by:
University management, departments 01, 02 and 05, and the AstA


All events at a glance

Related Links