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Graduate Student Workshop: „The Europe of the Anti-Europeans. The Nationalist Right and European Politics“

in cooperation with Scuola Superiore di Sant’Anna, Pisa Conveners: Dr. Marcus Funck (Berlin) & Dr. Marco Solinas (Pisa) Location: Brussels

Location: Brussels, 8 to 12 July, 2024

News vom 05.02.2024

Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung at TU Berlin invites students enrolled in the graduate program „Interdisziplinäre Antisemitismusforschung“ to apply for a graduate student workshop on the topic „The Europe of the Anti-Europeans. The Nationalist Right and European Politics“. Students in other TU graduate programs may apply as well but ZfA students are given preference.

Political parties of the extreme Right have made inroads into the parliamentary systems across Europe, sometimes even have taken over governmental positions. While their positions on the European Union vary from Euroskepticism to outright rejection of any supranational community, they all have in common their insistence on the supremacy of national sovereignty over collective European institutions. The movements and parties on the extreme Right, however, have started to organize themselves as an anti-European „Internationale“. They collaborate in European institutions, they support each other in cross-border election campaigns, and have founded transnational intellectual centres. Anti-Europeans act European and at least pretend to think and argue in (alternative) European categories.

This graduate student conference is dedicated to the described phenomenon of Europeanisation of anti-Europeanism as well as to the activation of anti-European resentments on national levels focussing on the following set of questions:

1) Ideas and Concepts: How does the anti-European Right conceptualize „Europe“? What are national particularities and differences? What are the historical reference points of the anti-Europeans? Is there a history of anti-European ideas? What anti-European identities can be identified and how have these changed over time?

2) Platforms and Programs: What are the concrete political positions regarding the most urgent questions on the European level? What are significant national political differences? Regarding which topics and to what extent are programs of the political Right „anti-system“?

3) Strategies and Practices: Does the anti-European Right follow a coherent strategy? What antagonisms and contradictions can be identified? How does the anti-European actively engage in European institutions? In what respects and how does the anti-European Right mobilize its followers against the European Union?

4) Alliances and Networks: How does the anti-European Right organizes itself on the European level? What are the driving forces and who are the decisive actors in cross-border activities? Has the anti-European Right europeanized itself?
Thematically, we will focus on the following arenas of political debate: a) migration, b) climate change, c) minorities and diversity.

The graduate student conference will include a key-note lecture, seminars, workshops, and student presentations. Moreover, we will receive a guided tour of the Europen House of History followed by a discussion with one of the curators. Another half-day excursion will include a visit of the Parlamentarium and the European Parliament itself where we are also planning for a meeting with high-level officials for a briefing and discussion of civil rights policies within the EU. Altogether twenty graduate students, among them up to ten TU students can participate. TU students will receive credit points for their active participation in the preparatory meetings and the workshop. The working language is English. A publication of student projects will be considered.

Expenses for travel and accommodation as well as for board during workshop times and a conference dinner on Sunday evening before the workshop will be covered by ZfA. Hotel and workshop site are located in central Brussels close to the European institutions. An extensive electronic reader will be provided. Accepted participants will have to contribute
a non-refundable 100 € fee in advance of the workshop.

Interested students have to submit a short CV, an informal copy of their current academic standing, and a one-page motivation letter that includes a brief outline of a research project related to the workshop’s topic they’re interested in (all in English) no later than 27 March. Acceptance letters will be sent on 5 April by e-mail. Accepted student’s participation in the first meeting on 19 April and in two more seminar meetings (via Zoom) where we will meet fellow students from Pisa is mandatory without exception. For time and room please see the course catalogue for the summer term 2024.

Please send your applications to m.funck@tu-berlin.de.

Please also use this contact in case of any questions related to this call.

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