VOX-Pol Newsletter 7(4) December 2020

Welcome to Volume 7 Issue 4 of the VOX-Pol Newsletter.

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Yours Sincerely,
The VOX-Pol Team


VOX-Pol Fellows Reem Ahmed and Daniela Pisoiu published ‘Uniting the Far Right: How the Far-Right Extremist, New Right, and Populist Frames Overlap on Twitter – A German Case Study‘ in the journal European Societies. The paper expands on their research published by VOX-Pol on How Extreme is the European Far Right?, which is available open access in both English and German.


Today, Tuesday, 1 December, the International Centre for Counter Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT) and the RESOLVE Network are co-hosting an online Live Briefing via Zoom titled ‘Back to the Future: The Historical Roots of Far-right Violence’

The briefing will be moderated by VOX-Pol Researcher Dr. Elizabeth Pearson, and participating in the discussion is VOX-Pol and ICCT Fellow J.M. Berger, and Dr. Donald Holbrook of University College London and ICCT.

Click this link for more information and to register for the event.
VOX-Pol Coordinator, Prof. Maura Conway, will be presenting at AVERT’s (Addressing Violent Extremism and Radicalisation to Terrorism) International Speaker Series on Wednesday, 9 December, 2020.

The event is hosted online and you can register at this link.

The talk is titled ‘Determining the Role of the Internet in Right-wing Extremism and Terrorism: Nine Suggestions for Progressing Research’. In 2016, Maura Conway’s article Determining the Role of the Internet in Violent Extremism and Terrorism: Six Suggestions for Progressing Research appeared in Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. It’s now the third most read article in the journal’s 40-year history. That article, if not wholly explicitly, was certainly implicitly focused on so-called ‘Islamic State’s’ online activity. In her presentation, she will re-work her ‘Six Suggestions’ with a focus on the role of the Net in right-wing extremism and terrorism. In addition to her calls for widening, comparing, deepening, up-scaling, outreaching, and gendering, she’s also got three new suggestions regarding visuals, platforms, and ethics.

The AVERT Research Network, of which Prof. Conway is an International Advisory Board member, is a multidisciplinary research initiative based at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. You can follow their events at this link and on Twitter @AvertResNet.


A webinar hosted by INTERSECT titled ‘Flows of Islamophobia in Transatlantic Far Right Digital Publics’ is now available to watch online. The presentation by Bharath Ganesh,  Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the University of Groningen and VOX-Pol Researcher, looks at how Islamophobic discourse travels between North America and Western Europe.

INTERSECT (Intersecting Flows of Islamophobia) is a research project funded by the Research Council of Norway. You can follow all their online events HERE.


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