About Right Rising
Right-wing authoritarian and extremist movements are on the march worldwide. This podcast will host some of the globe's leading experts on the radical right to help us understand the development of these extremists. Each episode, hosts and guests bring their specialist insights to break down the critical people, places, organizations, actions, and ideas of the radical right. Produced by the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right
Guests Alexander Reid Ross and Anna Duensing join Right Rising to discuss the local manifestations of the far-right. Along with host Augusta Dell'Omo, Alexander and Anna discuss the broad landscape of far-right activism at the local level in the United States and its influence on school boards, vaccination mandates, policing, and state legislatures. Together, Alexander, Anna, and Augusta dive into the history of local far-right organizing and reveal what it can tell us about current activism. What - we ask - can concerned observers can do to combat this influx of far-right activity in their local communities? Special Guests: Alexander Reid Ross and Anna Duensing.
Guests Shona Hunter, Christi van der Westhuizen, and Ashley Mattheis join Right Rising to discuss their new edited volume Routledge Handbook of Critical Studies in Whiteness, which seeks to understand whiteness as a manifestation of power. Along with host Augusta Dell'Omo, Shona, Christi, and Ashley explore everything from TradWives to international conspiracies to volksmoeders, to understand how whiteness operates in a global perspective. Shona, Christi, and Ashley conclude with a discussion on how these radical right movements - and their shared emphasis on whiteness - interlock throughout the United States, Britain, and South Africa. Purchase your copy of Routledge Handbook of Critical Studies in Whiteness here (https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Handbook-of-Critical-Studies-in-Whiteness/Hunter-Westhuizen/p/book/9780367403799)! Show correct: Whitespaces formed in 2009, not 2019. Special Guests: Ashley Mattheis, Christi van der Westhuizen, and Shona Hunter.
Guest Kathleen Belew joins Right Rising on the anniversary of January 6 to discuss her new co-edited book, A Field Guide to White Supremacy - the definitive guide for understanding and opposing white supremacy in America. Along with host Augusta Dell'Omo, Kathleen puts January 6 in a larger historical perspective, examines various iterations of white supremacy in the United States, and recounts how white supremacist ideas move from the fringe into the mainstream. Kathleen concludes with some recommendations for how everyday observers concerned about the far-right can help stem the tide of this movement in the United States. Purchase your copy of A Field Guide to White Supremacy here (https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520382527/a-field-guide-to-white-supremacy) or wherever books are sold. Special Guest: Kathleen Belew.
Beatriz Buarque joins Right Rising to discuss her latest research findings on the Alt-Right. Along with Host Dr. James F. Downes, Beatriz breaks down how to define the Alt-Right as an ideology and the Alt-Right's use of conspiracy theories such as The Great Replacement, The Deep State and Cultural Marxism. Beatriz also introduces listeners to her unique concept of the Alt-Right multitude alongside conspiratorial regimes of truth. Special Guest: Beatriz Buarque.
Guests Jessica White and Claudia Wallner join Right Rising to discuss the unique role gender plays in policymaking and why gender is so essential when policymakers combat the far-right. Along with host Augusta Dell'Omo, Jessica and Claudia break down how gender looks different in far-right movements across the globe and the particular role misogyny plays in extremist activities. Jessica and Claudia conclude with some recommendations on including a full spectrum of gender-based considerations as security professionals develop policy interventions. Special Guests: Claudia Wallner and Jessica White.
Guest Sophie Bjork-James join Right Rising to discuss the unique relationship between white evangelicals and radical right politics. Along with host Augusta Dell'Omo, Sophie breaks down how evangelical activism against abortion, LGBTQ+ rights, and racial integration intersect in the current American political environment. Sophie explains how growing numbers of Black and Latinx evangelicals could change the trajectory of evangelicalism in the United States. Special Guest: Sophie Bjork-James.
Guests Greta Jasser and Ed Pertwee join Right Rising to discuss alt-tech - the digital infrastructure of the far-right. Along with host Augusta Dell'Omo, Greta and Ed break down how narratives of grievance, persecution, and victimhood fuel alt-tech program creation. Greta and Ed explain how de-platforming fuels alt-tech creation and creates a market for far-right platforms' continued existence. Special Guests: Ed Pertwee and Greta Jasser.
Guest Alessio Scopelliti joins Right Rising to discuss the programmatic flexibility of the radical right. Along with host Augusta Dell'Omo, Alessio breaks down how cultural, economic, and political realities force radical right parties to adapt and evolve their political platforms. Alessio explains how these particular cleavages can occur amongst radical right parties - and, critically, what they look like on the transnational level. Special Guest: Alessio Scopelliti.
Guests Ashton Kingdon and Ashley Mattheis join Right Rising to discuss the ethical implications of studying the far-right. Along with host Augusta Dell'Omo, Ashton and Ashley walk us through the existing institutions that protect ethical research and how they fall short in safeguarding scholars studying extremism online. Ashton and Ashley explain the threats faced by researchers - particularly women, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ individuals - and how their new unit at CARR focusing on ethics aims to increase researcher safety. Special Guests: Ashley Mattheis and Ashton Kingdon.
Guest Maximilian Kreter joins Right Rising to discuss how the white power music scene funds and sustains the extreme right. Along with host Augusta Dell'Omo, Maximilian walks us through the financing of white power music and the importance of music festivals in radical right organizing. Maximilian explains how the white power music business evolved since the 1990s with the advent of the internet age, as a previous locally oriented music scene transformed into a global money-making enterprise. Special Guest: Maximilian Kreter.
Guest Shannon Reid joins Right Rising to discuss youth gang activism within the white power movement in the U.S. - and our historical and contemporary conceptions of gang activity. Along with host Augusta Dell'Omo, Shannon walks us through the geography of white power gangs and gives us insight into what drives youths to join these gangs. Bringing her own experiences working with youth gangs, Shannon offers some suggestions about what kinds of interventions may - or may not - be useful when working with white power youth. Special Guest: Shannon Reid.
Guest Matthew Feldman joins Right Rising to kick off Season Two of the podcast and catch us up on what CARR's been up to this summer. Along with host Augusta Dell'Omo, Matthew walks us through CARR's growing projects and collaborations and how he thinks about the particularly unique contribution of the organization to understanding the radical right. Bringing in his own experiences as an expert witness and public-facing academic, Matthew reveals why this particular brand of radical right extremism is so potent - and what we need to keep an eye on in the year ahead. Special Guest: Matthew Feldman.
In this special episode hosted by the CARR Right Rising Populism Research Unit, Mette Wiggen and Maureen Eger join Host James F. Downes in providing an introduction to the Radical Right in Scandinavia. This episode explores the rise of the radical right in Sweden and Norway alongside the importance of the Scandinavian political context in Europe. The episode also breaks down support for the radical right before, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The episode discusses the main ideological features of the radical right in Scandinavia alongside the evolution of the immigration issue and how radical right parties are adopting different strategies on the immigration issue, primarily as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Special Guests: Maureen Eger and Mette Wiggen.
Guests Eviane Leidig, Ashley Mattheis, and William Allchorn rejoin Right Rising for a roundtable discussion of the radical right's activities throughout the past year of the podcast. Along with host Augusta Dell'Omo, Eviane, Ashley, and Will take us through an overview of key developments in the far right over the past year, including the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the continued ravages COVID-19 pandemic, and the growth of the Q-Anon conspiracy. Together we speculate - what can we expect the far right to do next? Check out CARR's 2020-2021 Yearbook (https://www.ibidem.eu/en/the-radical-right-during-crisis.html?___from_store=en) and the forthcoming partnership (https://www.radicalrightanalysis.com/carr-richmond-ma-in-terrorism-security-and-radical-right-extremism/)with Richmond University for an MA in Terrorism Security, and Radical Right Extremism. See the links here for the articles mentioned by Ashley on the Marshall Project (https://www.themarshallproject.org/2021/04/01/why-is-it-so-hard-to-prosecute-white-extremists), Ashli Babbitt (https://rantt.com/the-right-is-trying-to-make-ashli-babbitt-a-martyr), Institutional Responsibility (https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783030748364), and for the UNC Dataset (https://www.radicalrightanalysis.com/2020/08/13/unc-dataset-racially-and-ethnically-motivated-violent-extremism-and-targeted-violence-arrests-2011-2020/). Special Guests: Ashley Mattheis, Eviane Leidig, and William Allchorn.
Guest Dr. Sara Kamali joins Right Rising to discuss her new book Homegrown Hate: Why White Nationalists and Militant Islamists Are Waging War against the United States. As part of Right Rising's first "New Book Spotlight," Sara talks us through some of the critical aspects of understanding white nationalism explored in Homegrown Hate. Along with host Augusta Dell'Omo, Sara breaks down commonly misunderstood concepts - from Christian identitarians to white ethnostate - to help us grapple with the big question - what ultimately can we do to stop these groups? Order Homegrown Hate here (https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520360020/homegrown-hate)! Special Guest: Sara Kamali.
Guest Sabine Volk joins Right Rising to discuss PEGIDA - a German far-right organization with a distinctly pan-European agenda. Along with host Augusta Dell'Omo, Sabine walks us through the demographics of PEGIDA and how she gained insight into the organization's mobilization tactics by conducting participant observation. Breaking down how PEGIDA uses a particular historical memory around anti-communist revolution over anti-Nazi resistance to church reformer Martin Luther, Sabine reveals how PEGIDA persists as an organization amidst the German government's crackdown and the COVID-19 pandemic. Special Guest: Sabine Volk.
Guest Haley McEwen joins Right Rising to walk us through the anti-gender movement, a transnational coalition of conservative activists and civil society organizations working to counter political and social gains made by local and international feminists and LGBTQI+ movements. Along with host Augusta Dell'Omo, Haley explores how the anti-gender movement spread across Southern and Eastern Africa by mobilizing against sex education in schools. Breaking down these activists' agenda's in Kenya and Nigeria, Haley reveals how the anti-gender movement is genuinely transnational, forging connections with U.S. and European organizations. Special Guest: Haley McEwen.
Guest Dr. Katherine Kondor joins Right Rising to give us a deep dive into the growth of the Radical Right in Hungary. Along with host, Dr. James F. Downes (Head of the Populism Research Unit) Katherine also discusses the recent ideological transformation of the governing party Fidesz alongside the uniqueness of the political landscape in Hungary and the turn towards 'illiberal' democracy. Katherine draws on her unique academic research relating to radicalisation, political activism and the radical right, in discussing about the ongoing ideological transformation of the opposition radical right party Jobbik and the 'new' radical right Our Homeland Movement Party (Mi Hazánk Mozgalom) in Hungary. Katherine also speaks about the important differences between the radical right in (a) Central-Eastern European politics, compared to the radical right in the (b) Western European political landscape. Katherine's recent article, published at Fair Observer: “Amidst the Pandemic, Central and Eastern Europe Witnesses an Erosion of Democracy” can be found at the following link: https://www.fairobserver.com/region/europe/katherine-kondor-covid-19-pandemic-central-eastern-europe-democracy-erosion-poland-hungary-serbia-news-76670/ Special Guest: Katherine Kondor.
Guests Blyth Crawford and Florence Keen join Right Rising to give us a deep dive into Chan culture and the particular media - and memes - created by Chan users. Along with host Augusta Dell'Omo, Blyth and Florence explore the ambivalent relationship between mainstream social media and Chan sites and how that complicates de-platforming efforts. Breaking down the Black Lives Matter movement and the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on Chan culture, Blyth and Florence explore how Chan platforms use humor to dispense racist and misogynistic messages. For the study conducted by Blyth and Florence - now publicly available - visit here (https://icsr.info/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Memetic-Irony-And-The-Promotion-Of-Violence-Within-Chan-Cultures.pdf). Special Guests: Blyth Crawford and Florence Keen.
Guest Mario Peucker joins Right Rising to walk us through the history of the radical right in Australia. Along with host Augusta Dell'Omo, Mario explores some of the critical issues for the radical right leading to the Christchurch terror attacks in 2019 and how Australian far-right activism has changed during the COVID-19 crisis. Mario also grounds us in the key actors, organizations, and locations of radical right activism in Australia. In today's discussion, Mario and Augusta discuss the local drivers of the radical right in Australia and its connection to larger patterns of global extremism. Special Guest: Mario Peucker.
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