Workshop on Extreme Right Online Activity – Invitation Only

The inaugural Radical Right Research International Network (RIN) workshop on the topic of the extreme and far right takes place on 6 – 7 March at the Swansea University. Please note, it is invitation only. It is co-organised and co-sponsored by VOX-Pol and Swansea University.

The workshop features the following sessions: Current Trends, Insights into Current Online/Offline Activities, Hate Speech & Social Media, and Identity Constructions. Day two will feature Network Discussions which cover methodologies, aims, and next steps.

The event is being organised by Dr Lella Nouri and Professor Nuria Lorenzo-Dus. The draft agenda is as follows:

Day One

9-9.30 Registration and Refreshments
9.30-10 Welcome Remarks

Professor Nuria Lorenzo-Dus & Dr Lella Nouri (Swansea University)

Professor Pilar G. Blitvich (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)

10-10.15 Welcome & Background to Cyber Threats Research Centre

Professor Stuart Macdonald (Swansea University)

10.15-11.45 Session 1: Current Trends of the Radical Right

(Chair: Professor Pilar G. Blitvich)

Ms Jo Winson (Welsh Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit, WECTU) & Mr Mike Edwards (University of South Wales)

Overview of Extremism in the Welsh Context

Mr Bradley Galloway (University of the Fraser Valley)

Boots on the Ground? Online and Offline Identities of the Extreme Right

Dr Lella Nouri, Professor Nuria Lorenzo-Dus & Ms. Amy-Louise Watkin (Swansea University)

The Use of Images Online by the UK Far Right: Britain First’s Move from Facebook to GAB

11.45-12.00 Tea/Coffee Break
12.00-13.30 Session 2: Insight into Current Online/Offline Activities of the Radical Right (I)

(Chair: Professor Nuria Lorenzo-Dus)

Professor Pilar Blitvich (University of North Carolina, Charlotte) & Professor Maria Sifianou (National & Kapodistrian University of Athens)

Radical Right Women in Greece and Spain

Professor Valentina Noblia & Professor Alicia Carrizo (University of Buenos Aires)

“Someone hides 23000 names”: The emergence of the discourse of the right in Argentina’s official political discourse and  hegemonic media

Ms. Nair Rabelo and Professor Viviane Resende (University of Brasília)

#She’sOnly16: Critical discourse analysis of posts in social media on the case of collective rape in Rio de Janeiro

13.30-14.30 Lunch
14.30-15.00 Welcome from VOX-POL

Professor Maura Conway (VOX-POL Principal Investigator, Dublin City University)

15.00-16.30 Session 3: Insight into Current Online/Offline Activities of the Radical Right (II)

(Chair: Dr Lella Nouri)

Dr Carolina Lopes Araujo, Professor Viviane de Melo Resende & Dr Ernani Viana Saraiva (University of Brasília and Federal Fluminense University)

Bolsonaro’s “Letter to Brazilians” – far right-wing and conservative speech in the Brazilian presidential elections of 2018

Dr Ryan Scrivens (Simon Fraser University), Dr Lorraine Bowman-Grieve, Professor Maura Conway & Dr Richard Frank

Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice? Exploring the Online Roles of Women in the Far-Right Extremist Movement

Dr Imogen Richards (Monash University) & Matthew Sharpe

The Far Right in Western Europe and Australia: A Philosophical and Political-Economic Analysis of Identitarian and Patriot Collectives

16.30-16.45 Tea/Coffee Break
16.45-18.15 Session 4: Hate Speech & Social Media

(Chair: Dr Lizz Pearson)

Professor Maura Conway (Dublin City University) & Dr Matti Pohjonen

Europe’s Online Extreme Right: A Snapshot of 2016 Versus 2018 Activity

Dr Ernani Saraiva (Fluminense Federal University)

Hate speech on Twitter: the new ideological weapon of the extreme right-wing in Brazil

Dr Shannon Reid, Mr Arunkumar Bagavathi, Dr Matthew Phillips, Dr Matthew Valasik & Dr Siddharth Krishnan.

Social Media, Extremism, and the Alt-Right: A Cross-Platform Exploration of Hate Speech

19.30 Workshop Dinner


Day Two

9-9.30 Refreshments
9.30-9.45 Welcome Second Day

Dr Lella Nouri, Professor Nuria Lorenzo-Dus and Professor Pilar G. Blitvich

9.45-11.15 Session 5: Polarised Identity Construction by the Far Right

(Chair: Professor Maura Conway)

Professor Nuria Lorenzo-Dus and Dr Lella Nouri (Swansea University)

Victimhood, Uncertainty and the Alt-Right: A Corpus Assisted Discourse Study of Ideology in the Traditionalist Worker Party Weblog

Ms. Reem Ahmed (University of Hamburg) & Dr Daniela Pisoiu (Austrian Institute for International Affairs)

How Extreme is the Far Right? Assessing Overlaps in the discourse of the German Populist, New Right and Extreme Right on Twitter

Professor Valentina Nobilia & Professor  María Laura Pardo (University of Buenos Aires)

Social media and hate speech: the Argentinean extreme right and its construction of the enemy

11.15-11.30 Tea / Coffee Break
11.30-12.30 Overview of Discussion Points

Dr Lella Nouri, Professor Nuria Lorenzo-Dus and Professor Pilar G. Blitvich

12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.30 NETWORK DISCUSSION (I): Methodological Innovation in the Study of the Far Right

Chair: Professor Nuria Lorenzo-Dus

14.30-14.45 Tea/Coffee Break
14.45-16.00 NETWORK DISCUSSION (II):  Network Aims and Next Steps

Chair: Dr Lella Nouri, Professor Nuria Lorenzo-Dus and Professor Pilar G. Blitvich

16.00-16.15 Close


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