ZiF Cooperation Group

Normalizing the Far Right

February 2022 - December 2023

Paula Diehl (Kiel, GER)
Birgit Sauer (Vienna, AUS)


Participants of the Cooperation Group
Brigitte Bargetz (Kiel, GER) Brigitte Bargetz is senior researcher at the Institute for Social Sciences at Kiel University. Her main research interest and expertise are in contemporary political theories, affect studies, affective politics of right-wing populism, queer and feminist theories, cultural studies and critical theories of the everyday.
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Mabel Berezin (New York, USA) Further information: link
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Jean-Yves Camus (Paris, FRA) Further information: link
Sérgio Costa (Berlin, GER) Trained in economics and sociology in Brazil and Germany, Sérgio Costa is Professor for Sociology and director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin as well as Co-Director of the Merian International Centre Conviviality-Inequality in Latin America (Mecila). His areas of research and publication includes social inequalities, racism and antiracism, democracy and differences, and postcolonial theories.
Priska Daphi (Bielefeld, GER) Priska Daphi is Professor of Conflict Sociology at Bielefeld University. Her main research interest and expertise are in the changing dynamics of political mobilization in Europe. In particular, her research explores social movements and civil society in the context of conflicts about globalization and migration as well as polarization.
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Oliver Decker (Leipzig, GER) Oliver Decker is Professor of Social Psychology and Intercultural Practice at Sigmund-Freud-University Berlin and Founding Director of Else-Frenkel-Brunswik-Institute for Democracy Research at University Leipzig. His main research interest and expertise are in Subjectivity, Body and Society, Authoritarianism, Right-Wing Extremism, Group Dynamics, Agency, Critical Theory and Photograph.
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Chiara De Cesari (Amsterdam, NLD) Chiara De Cesari is Associate Professor in European Studies and Cultural Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Her wide-ranging research explores how institutional manifestations of memory, heritage, art, and cultural politics are shifting under conditions of contemporary globalization and ongoing transformations of the nation-state. In particular, it concerns the ways in which colonial legacies live on today, especially in museums.
Paula Diehl (Kiel, GER) (Convenor) Paula Diehl is Professor of Political Theory, History of Ideas and Political Culture at the University of Kiel. Her research focuses on theory of Democracy, Populism, National Socialism, the political Imaginary and political representation.
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Gabriele Dietze (Berlin, GER) Further information: link
Nina Elena Eggers (Kiel, GER) Nina Elena Eggers is a Researcher at the University of Kiel (CAU), Germany and a PhD candidate at the University of Hamburg, Germany. Her main research interests are in political narrative and theories of collective and national identities, with emphasis on gender and the new radical right. She is also a spokesperson of the DVPW Populism Working Group.
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Astrid Erll (Frankfurt am Main, GER) Astrid Erll is Professor of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at Goethe-University Frankfurt. She has worked on German, British, South Asian, American, and South African literatures and media cultures. Her research interests include literary history (focus on 19th-21st centuries), media history (focus on film and photography), English and comparative literature, cultural theory, media theory, narratology, transcultural studies and – last not least – memory studies.
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Thomas Ernst (Antwerpen, BEL) Thomas Ernst is Professor of Modern German Literature at the University of Antwerp. He also works at the University of Amsterdam and holds a venia legendi on Media and Cultural Studies/German Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen. His research focuses on the construction of identities, images of Germany and Europe, multilinguality and transcultural spaces in Austrian and German literature; on experimental and subversive Austrian and German literatures in the 20th and 21st century; and on the digital transformation of media and its cultural effects (literature and social media; intellectual property rights; digital publishing).
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Federico Finchelstein (New York, NY) Further information: link
Ute Frevert (Berlin, GER) Ute Frevert is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, where she leads the Center for the History of Emotions. Her main research expertise lies in the social, cultural, and political history of modernity, the history of emotions and gender history.
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Ece Göztepe (Ankara, TUR) Ece Göztepe is Professor for Turkish and Comparative Constitutional Law, Dean of the Law Faculty and Director of the “Center for Human Rights Studies and Research” at the Bilkent University (Ankara/Turkey). Her main research interest and expertise are Turkish and German public law, with emphasis on constitutional complaint remedy, state of emergency regimes, as well as the legal history of the Weimar Republic.
Wilhelm Heitmeyer (Bielefeld, GER) (Core-Group) Wilhelm Heitmeyer is a Senior Professor at Bielefeld University. He was founder of the Institute for interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence (IKG) of Bielefeld University. From 1996 till 2013 he was the director of the institute. His main interests are social disintegration theory, right-wing extremism, group-focused enmity, violence and ethnic-cultural conflicts.
Christian Huberts (Berlin, GER) Christian Huberts is a cultural and media science publicist based in Berlin. His research focus is on the culture of games and gaming communities, with emphasis on political ideology and digital remembrance culture.
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Anders Ravik Jupskås (Oslo, NOR) Further information: link
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Wulf Kansteiner (Aarhus, DEN) Wulf Kansteiner is Associate Professor of Memory Studies and Historical Theory at Aarhus University; trained in Germany and the US; long-time faculty member of the State University of New York at Binghamton; widely published in the fields of Holocaust studies, media history, historical theory, and memory studies, co-editor and co-founder of the Sage-Journal Memory Studies (published since 2008); extensive experience in building and directing international and interdisciplinary research teams in memory studies.
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Teresa Koloma Beck (Hamburg, GER) Teresa Koloma Beck is Associate Professor of Sociology at Helmut-Schmidt-University of the Bundeswehr Hamburg. Her research focusses on the social dynamics of everyday life in violent conflicts. She is member of the standing group "Orders of Violence" within the German Association of Political Sciences (DVPW) and of the section "Political Sociology" within the German Sociological Association (DGS). In the framework of her research on war and postwar societies, she spent extended time of field research in Angola (2005/06), Mozambique (2010) and Afghanistan (2016).
Christoffer Leiding Kølvraa (Aarhus, DEN) Christoffer Kølvraa is Associate Professor of European Studies, School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, Denmark. His main research interest and expertise relate to the discursive and affective strategies of Far Right populist and Extreme right neofascist actors, especially the use of humor, play and provocation.
Barbara Manthe (Bielefeld, GER) Barbara Manthe is a postdoc researcher at Bielefeld University, Germany. Her main research interest and expertise are in the history of the far right, with emphasis on far right violence and terrorism in the Federal Republic of Germany.
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Christoph Möllers (Berlin, GER) Further information: link
Viràg Molnàr (New York, USA) Viràg Molnàr is Associate Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research in New York, USA. Her main research interest and expertise are in cultural and urban sociology with emphasis on the politics of the built environment and material culture in Central and Eastern Europe.
Christina Morina (Bielefeld, GER) Christina Morina is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Bielefeld. Her research focuses on major themes in modern German and European history, especially the history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, political and memory cultures in Germany since 1945 and the history of political ideas, including socialism/Marxism in the 19th century and the rise of right wing populism since the late 20th century.
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Chantal Mouffe (London, GBR) Further information: link
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Jan-Werner Müller (Princeton, USA) Further information: link
Mojca Pajnik (Ljubljana, SVN) (Core-Group) Mojca Pajnik is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Media and Communication, University of Ljubljana, and a senior research advisor at the Peace Institute in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her main research and expertise is in media and communication, political theory, citizenship, populism, gender (in)equality and migration.
Helen B. Roche (Durham, GBR) Helen Roche is Associate Professor in Modern European Cultural History at Durham University, UK. She has published extensively on modern German history, including the history of education, Nazism, and classical reception studies, and is currently researching fascism in interwar Europe.
Julia Roth (Bielefeld, GER) Julia Roth is professor for American Studies with a focus on Gender Studies and director of the Center for InterAmerican Studies (CIAS) at Bielefeld University. Her research foci include gender and citizenship and right-wing populism and gender.
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Dieter Rucht (Berlin, GER) Further information: link
Birgit Sauer (Vienna, AUS) (Convenor) Birgit Sauer is professor of Political Science at University of Vienna, Austria. Her research areas include gender and right-wing populism with an emphasis on anti-gender mobilization, politics and affect, including right-wing affective mobilization and governing, state and democratic theory, comparative gender policy-analysis.
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Kim Lane Scheppele (Princeton, USA) Further information: link
Maik Tändler (Jena, GER) Maik Tändler Maik Tändler is a postdoc researcher at the University of Jena. His current research focuses on the history of the intellectual right in the Federal Republic of Germany.
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Daniel Thiele (Wien, AUT) Further information: link
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Tanja Thomas (Tübingen, GER) Further information: link
Balázs Trencsényi (Budapest, HUN) Balázs Trencsényi is a Professor at the History Department of Central European University, and co-director of Pasts, Inc., Center for Historical Studies. His main field of interest is the his­tory of political ideas, especially the transfer and contestation of political modernity in a transnational context. Among others, recently, he co-authored a multi-volume history of modern political thought in East Central Europe.
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Nadia Urbinati (New York, USA) Further information: link
Christian von Scheve (Berlin, GER) Christian von Scheve is a sociologist working in the fields of cultural sociology, economic sociology, political sociology, and social psychology with a special interest in emotion, social interaction, and stratification.
Volker Weiß (Hamburg, GER) Volker Weiß is a historian focusing on past and present developments of the extreme right. His book »Die autoritäre Revolte« (2017) is considered a standard work on Germany's »New Right«. He is a member of "Villigster Forschungsforum zu Nationalsozialismus, Rassismus und Antisemitismus" and a fellow of "Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung" (Berlin). In 2021, he held a visiting professorship at the Department of Contemporary History at the University of Innsbruck/Austria.
Michel Wieviorka (Paris, FRA) Michel Wieviorka is a professor at the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales (Paris), president Fondation Maison des sciences de l'homme (2009-2020); president International Sociological Association(2006-2010), member of the Scientific Board of the European Research Council (2014-2019). Founder and Editor of: Violence: an International Journal (with Scott Straus) and SOCIO (with Laetitia Atlani-Duault).
Research on: social and cultural movements, democracy; terrorism, violence; racism, anti-semitism. Main books in English: The Working Class Movement (with A. Touraine and F. Dubet), Cambridge University Press; The Arena of Racism (Sage): The Lure of anti-Semitism (Brill); The Making of Terrorism (University of Chicago Press); Evil (Polity Press); Violence: A New Approach (Sage).
Ruth Wodak (Lancaster, GBR) Ruth Wodak is Emerita Distinguished Professor of Discourse Studies at Lancaster University, UK. She was awarded the Wittgenstein Prize for Elite Researchers in 1996, an Honorary Doctorate from University of Örebro in Sweden in 2010, and an Honorary Doctorate from Warwick University in 2020. She is member of the British Academy of Social Sciences and member of the Academia Europaea. In March 2020, she became Honorary Member of the Senate of the University of Vienna. She is co-editor of the journals Discourse and Society, Critical Discourse Studies, and Language and Politics. Her research interests focus identity politics, political communication, gender studies, and far-right populism.