Past Events

 September 2016

 Tuesday, September 20

4:00–5:30pm 

CRWS Colloquia Series:

Conservative Views, Strange Bedfellow Coalitions and MegaPlanning in a Digital Era

Karen Trapenberg Frick,  Co-Director, University of California Transportation Center and Assistant Adjunct Professor, Dept. of City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley

Scholarship on citizen activism in a digital era is growing exponentially in sociology, political science, and communications/new media studies. Theorists observe changing dynamics and power shifts within a public virtual sphere. In contrast, city planning scholarship is sparse on how citizens use technology outside of official channels to participate and mobilize. To explore this under-studied phenomenon, a new conceptual framework is developed by synthesizing literature across disciplines to examine digital networked activism in planning and focusing on conservative activists’ fierce opposition to city and regional planning throughout the United States. Professor Trapenberg Frick finds that activists use new media in combination with traditional strategies to communicate, organize, market their cause and refine tactics. In some cases, they also develop "strange bedfellows" coalitions  whereby citizens from across political divide find common ground to oppose planning while retaining their core identities and values.

City planners’ responses are largely reactive and catching up to the challenge. As a result, planners I interviewed are rethinking civic engagement in a digital era.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by the College of Environmental Design, Institute of Transportation Studies and University of California Transportation Center

 October 2016

Thursday, October 13

 4:00pm 

Underhill Lecture

Making Britain Great Again? Lessons for America from Brexit

Niall Ferguson, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institute

The special relationship between the UK and the US has been underscored by the passage of Brexit and the victory of Donald Trump as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee this summer. Join author, historian and political commentator Niall Ferguson to discuss the parallels in these recent events and lessons to be learned from the British experience.  

Professor Ferguson will be giving the prestigious R. Kirk Underhill Lecture sponsored by the Anglo-American Studies Program at the Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley. 

Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall

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Sponsored by the Institute of Governmental Studies

Co-sponsored by the Center for Right-Wing Studies, Center for British Studies, Institute of European Studies, Institute of International Studies

 Thursday, October 20

 4:00–5:30pm 

CRWS Colloquia Series:

Political Passion and the Gun Debate: How a Small Minority Came to Dominate Gus Safety in the US

Firmin DeBrabander, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Maryland Institute College of Art

Twenty-first century America is undergoing a radical experiment in gun rights. The number of privately-owned guns, and expansive gun laws, has ballooned in recent years. Most Americans favor stronger gun control restrictions, but the NRA’s radical agenda remains largely uncontested. Why is this? Why isn’t our gun violence epidemic, unparalleled in the developed world, sufficiently alarming to American voters, to stand up against the loud and angry gun rights minority? This presentation will examine the reasons behind the success of a small, but passionate minority able to dominate debate over gun safety in the US.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology

View video of the lecture here

Thursday, October 27

 4:00–5:30pm 

CRWS Colloquia Series:

Black Elephants in the Room: The Unexpected Politics of African American Republicans

Corey Fields, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Stanford University

What is it like to be black in the highly racialized context of the Republican Party? Black Elephants in the Room considers the role of race in the political experiences of African American Republicans and discusses the dynamic relationship between race and political behavior in the purported “post-racial” context of U.S. politics. Drawing on vivid first-person accounts, this talk will shed light on the different ways black identity structures African Americans’ membership in the Republican Party. Moving past rhetoric and politics, we begin to see everyday people working to reconcile their commitment to black identity with their belief in Republican principles. And in the end, we see that the identity politics of African American Republicans is shaped by the meanings they attach to race and the political contexts in which those meanings are developed and expressed.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology and the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley

View video of the lecture here

November 2016

Tuesday, November 29

 3:00-4:30pm 

CRWS Colloquia Series:

Reflections on the 2016 Election and The Republican Party under President Trump

Carole Joffe, Professor, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, UCSF; Professor Emerita, Department of Sociology, UC Davis

Paul Pierson, Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

Lawrence Rosenthal, Chair, Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies

Moderated by Kim Voss, Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley

This panel will reflect on the 2016 U.S. presidential election and its implications for the Right in the United States. Dr. Rosenthal will address the emergence and significance of the Donald Trump phenomenon, focusing on Trump's exploitation of rifts among factions of the Republican Party that assumed unprecedented levels in 2016.  Professor Joffe will discuss the role that traditional electoral priorities of the Right, particularly abortion and marriage equality, played in the outcome of the election. Professor Pierson will discuss what the outcome of the election means for the future of the Republican Party and the American Right. 

Social Science Matrix Conference Room, 8th floor, 820 Barrows Hall

Co-sponsored by the Scholars Strategy Network, Department of Sociology, and the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science

View video of the panel here. (Broadcast by C-SPAN)

Fall 2016

Spring 2016

 January 2016

 Wednesday, January 27

 4:00–5:30pm

CRWS Colloquia Series:

2015: A Transformative Year in Far Right Politics?

Cas Mudde, Associate Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia

Although 2015 did not have a central focal point, like the European elections in 2014, the alleged rise of far right and populist politics was again among the main political debates in most western democracies. Every major event in European politics was linked to a possible surge in the support of far right parties and politicians, from the terrorist attacks in France at the beginning and end of the year to the Eurozone crisis and refugee crisis in between. Politicians like Marine Le Pen, Viktor Orban, and Donald Trump dominated the news with crass nativist, authoritarian, and populist statements. Commentators argued that the far right had moved to the mainstream, while some critics alleged that the mainstream had moved to the far right. Whatever the exact direction of the movement, it is clear that distinctions between traditional far right politicians and mainstream politicians are more and more difficult to make, which calls for a reflection on both terminology and classification. In this lecture I will focus on the main developments in far right politics of the past year and assess whether 2015 was merely a freak year or constitutes a transformative year for the far right. I will discuss the fate of the usual suspects, i.e. the far right parties in Europe (e.g FN), as well as some new unusual suspects, i.e. far right politicians in the political mainstream parties (e.g. Orban and Trump), and argue that the mainstreaming of far right politics has made the distinction between far right and mainstream parties less clear and less relevant.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by the Institute of European Studies and the Center for Research on Social Change

 February 2016

 Thursday, February 18

4:00–5:30pm 

CRWS Colloquia Series:

The Rise of Far-Right Nationalism in Europe and the Russia Angle: Implications for International Security and Foreign Policy

Alina Polyakova, Deputy Director, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council 

Far-right nationalist parties are on the rise in Western and Eastern Europe. Buttressed by the financial crisis of 2008, the ongoing migration crisis, and the threat of terrorist attacks, previously fringe political parties resonate with growing numbers of Europeans who are disenchanted with the European project. Many European far-right parties are also supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin. While far-right parties are not new to Europe, Russia’s financial and ideological support for such parties, is. The reemergence of nationalism, as evidenced by the rise of the European far right, and the Kremlin’s use of far-right groups as a tool of political influence presents short- and long-term foreign policy challenges. My book, The Dark Side of European Integration, based on dissertation research at UC Berkeley, argued that the success of far-right parties across Europe is, in part, a cultural backlash against rapid European economic and political integration. In this lecture, I will focus on how recent geo-political events have helped euroskeptic far-right parties such as the National Front and Jobbik while solidifying the relationship between such parties and Putin’s Russia. While the rise of the European far right has not been a top priority for US foreign policy, these political parties, and their ties to Russia, present a growing challenge to the transatlantic partnership. 

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by the Institute of European Studies and the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, UC Berkeley

 April 2016

 Wednesday, April 6

4:00–5:30pm 

CRWS Colloquia Series:

The Koch Effect: The Impact of a Cadre-Led Network on American Politics

Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, Harvard University

In Washington, DC and the states, Republicans push unpopular policies - and sometimes also oppose legislation favored by prominent business groups. Why is that?  New research highlights resource shifts on the U.S. right and the growing influence of the Koch network, a coordinated set of big donors, lobbying groups, and constituency organizations that now rivals America's political parties. At this talk, Professor Skocpol will present early results from a collaborative study of "The Shifting U.S. Political Terrain" under way at Harvard University and grassroots mobilizations orchestrated by the Koch Network. 

Room 60, Evans Hall

Co-sponsored by the Scholars Strategy Network and Department of Sociology 

 Wednesday, April 13

4:00–5:30pm 

CRWS Colloquia Series:

Nostalgia and conspiracy theories in right wing ideologies – The case of New Dawn in Greece and the risks for Europe

Yiannis Gabriel, Chair in Organizational Studies, University of Bath, School of Management

The presentation will examine conspiracy theories and nostalgia as parts of the unfolding European drama, focusing on developments in Greece. Conspiracy theories represent a quest for scapegoats, sometimes in the form of ‘parasites’, people or groups who take and give nothing back. Nostalgia, for its part, exacerbates a desire for the return of a mythical past, free of parasites and undesirables. Both conspiracy theories and nostalgia play a central part in the ideology of the New Dawn against Greece’s financial, social and existential crisis. The talk will develop the argument that the rise of conspiracy theories and xenophobic nostalgia can be viewed as warning signs of miasma, a highly contagious state of material, psychological and spiritual pollution that descends plague-like, and afflicts entire communities, organizations or nations. Miasma dissolves love bonds and leaves a community dominated by fear, guilt, hate, despair and lies.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by the Institute of European Studies

Fall 2015

 September 2015

 Tuesday, September 29

 4:00–5:30pm

CRWS Speaker Series:

The Art of Recruitment: How the 'Islamic State' Trains its Community Organizers

Brian Fishman, Counterterrorism Research Fellow, New America Foundation and Research Fellow with the Combating Terrorism Center, West Point

In early 2009 a new document appeared on jihadi web forums. It was designed to empower a small group of very radical, and very dedicated, people to take over the world. This document, titled “A Course in the Art of Recruitment,” aimed to resolve a deep tension in the global jihadi movement: the Internet was the connective tissue holding together radicalized jihadis from across the globe, but recruiters still found that an on-the-ground, personal touch was necessary to mobilize would-be recruits. The 51-page document, attributed to pseudonymous Abu 'Amr al-Qa'idi, aimed to resolve that conundrum not by directly recruiting individuals to al-Qa'ida's cause, but rather by empowering already radicalized, but inadequately trained, individuals to more effectively select, recruit, and organize on their own.

Abu `Amr’s handbook prescribes a highly structured recruitment process with multiple stages and clear, simple metrics to assess a recruit’s suitability and progress—essentially, the bureaucratization of decentralized jihadist recruitment. Abu `Amr argues that structuring recruitment and providing simple quantitative assessment tools will allow recruiters with less education and knowledge of Shari`a to recruit safely and effectively.

Abu 'Amr's methods have gained new currency as social media has enabled jihadis recruiters, often in Syria or Iraq, to apply an individualized touch to the recruitment process from thousands of miles away. But the concepts these digital recruiters utilize are not new, they are not ill-defined, and, for many, they are not always intuitive. Abu 'Amr's acolytes, for example, will explicitly avoid recruiting devout Muslims out of fear that they will understand the particulars of Islamic doctrine better than the recruiters themselves. Regardless, Abu 'Amr's manual provides insight into the movement that has become the 'Islamic State' and offers a glimpse into how a wide-range of radical movements, not just jihadis, are likely to organize in the future.  

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way  

Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Institute of European Studies

This event will be recorded and uploaded to our website for those who are unable to attend. 

 October 2015

 Thursday, October 29

4:00–5:30pm 

CRWS Speaker Series:

The Deep Story: An Emotions Approach to Understanding the Right

Arlie Hochschild, Professor Emerita of Sociology, UC Berkeley

In recent years, we have witnessed a growth of the political right, a widening gap between left and right, and the rise of a paradox: the red states tend to be poorer, suffer worse health, more divorce, unwed teen pregnancies, and to have proportionately more high school dropouts. At the same time, they also depend more on federal funds than blue states do, and are more opposed to federal government. Based on fieldwork in Louisiana, Hochschild tries to climb what she calls the “empathy wall,”  to describe the  right wing’s “deep story” and the “honor squeeze” that she argues lies behind it.  It is these that are tied to a preferred “self” and to a strategy for coping with the new face of global capitalism. Her talk is based on a forthcoming book to be entitled Strangers in Their Own Land: A Journey into the Heart of the Right.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

 December 2015

 Wednesday, December 9

4:00–5:30pm 

CRWS Speaker Series:

The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State

William McCants, Director, Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World and Fellow, Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution

The Islamic State is one of the most lethal and successful jihadist groups in modern history, surpassing even al-Qaida. How has it attracted so many followers and conquered so much land in its relatively brief existence? On December 9, Will McCants will discuss the Islamic State’s history, tactics, and goals, and the many ways in which it is more ruthless, more apocalyptic, and more devoted to state-building than any of its predecessors or current competitors. McCants' recently-published book, The ISIS Apocalypse, is based almost entirely on primary sources in Arabic—including ancient religious texts and secret al-Qaida and Islamic State letters that few have seen—and explores how religious fervor, strategic calculation, and doomsday prophecy shaped the Islamic State's past and foreshadow its dark future.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Institute of European Studies 

This event will be recorded and uploaded to our website for those who are unable to attend.

 Spring 2015

 February 2015

 Thursday, February 19

 4:45–6:15pm

Ideas with Consequences: The Federalist Society and the Conservative Counterrevolution

Amanda Hollis-Brusky, Assistant Professor of Politics, Pomona College 

with Fred Smith, Assistant Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law, as respondent 

There are few intellectual movements in modern American political history more successful than the Federalist Society. Created in 1982 to counterbalance what its founders considered a liberal legal establishment, the organization gradually evolved into the conservative legal establishment, and membership is all but required for any conservative lawyer who hopes to enter politics or the judiciary. It claims 40,000 members, including four Supreme Court Justices, dozens of federal judges, and every Republican attorney general since its inception. But its power goes even deeper.

In Ideas with Consequences, Amanda Hollis-Brusky provides the first comprehensive account of how the Federalist Society exerts its influence. Drawing from a huge trove of documents, transcripts, and interviews, she explains how the Federalist Society managed to revolutionize the jurisprudence for a wide variety of important legal issues. Many of these issues-including the extent of federal government power, the scope of the right to bear arms, and the parameters of corporate political speech-had long been considered settled. But the Federalist Society was able to upend the existing conventional wisdom, promoting constitutional theories that had previously been dismissed as ludicrously radical. As Hollis-Brusky shows, the Federalist Society provided several of the crucial ingredients needed to accomplish this constitutional revolution. It serves as a credentialing institution for conservative lawyers and judges and legitimizes novel interpretations of the constitution that employ a conservative framework. It also provides a judicial audience of like-minded peers, which prevents the well-documented phenomenon of conservative judges turning moderate after years on the bench. As a consequence, it is able to exercise enormous influence on important cases at every level.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way 

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Law and Society, the Center for Research on Social Change, and the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science

 March 2015

 Thursday, March 12

 4:00–5:30pm

ISIS: What is it?

Albert Bergesen, Professor and Head, School of Sociology, University of Arizona

When we ask, what is ISIS, three things come to mind.  The first you have probably already thought of, it’s a terrorist group.  The second may have crossed your mind:  failed Syrian/Iraqi states and growing disorder in the Middle East; in short it’s more about geopolitics.  The third you probably haven’t thought of at all:  it’s the opposite of all we have been told:  namely, the Islamic State, and its ascetic fundamentalist Islam, isn’t walking history back to the 7th century, but is actually a visit from the future of radical politics and advanced political theory.  Why this is so, and why approaching ISIS as just a terrorist group may miss the point, and how all of this fits together in our understanding of the global geopolitical chessboard, will be our topics of discussion.  

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Department of Sociology, and the Center for Research on Social Change

 April 2015

 Thursday, April 2

 3:30–5:00pm

Citizen-Protectors: Race, Masculinity & Moral Politics in Contemporary American Gun Culture

Jennifer Carlson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto

with Michael Musheno, Adjunct Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Legal Studies Program, UC Berkeley School of Law, as respondent 

Less than two years after the Sandy Hook massacre, Pew Research found in fall 2014 that for the first time, broad cross-sections of Americans – white and African American, men and women – believed in the majority that gun ownership makes people safer, rather than less safe. This presentation, based on my book Citizen-Protectors: The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline (Oxford, 2015), interrogates this dramatic reversal in public opinion by examining the spread of gun carry within the US from the perspective of men who turn to guns for protection. Focusing on Michigan, particularly Metro Detroit, the book draws on 60 interviews with male gun carriers as well as ethnographic observations in firearms training, shooting ranges, activist events, and Internet gun forums. While scholars emphasize fear of crime, status anxiety, and cultural worldviews in analyzing American gun politics, these frameworks cannot explain how men of diverse socio-economic and racial backgrounds come to view guns as a solution to the threat of crime. Synthesizing and extending these approaches, this presentation brings in the missing dimension of socio-economic context and men’s position within it. Responding to the structural erosion of breadwinning masculinity, guns provide an opportunity for men to assert themselves as “citizen-protectors” willing to use lethal force against (criminal) others in order to protect (innocent) life. While gun carriers turn to firearms amid localized concerns regarding socioeconomic insecurity, crime and police inefficacy, they are encouraged to embrace this kind of citizenship through firearms training, developed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), required to obtain a concealed pistol license. Emphasizing the embodied politics of gun carry, this presentation explores how a particular set of civic rights, duties and responsibilities (that is, a model of citizenship) becomes attached to the lawful carrying of guns – reshaping gun culture from the ground up and with profound consequences for crime, policing and governance.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Social Change, the Department of Sociology, the Center for Race and Gender, and the Center for the Study of Law and Society

 Wednesday, April 15

 4:00–5:30pm

Anatomy of a Crisis: Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and the Islamic State

Join regional experts for a moderated discussion on the Islamic State from Turkish and Iraqi perspectives. Dr. Emrullah Uslu is a Turkish academic, journalist, and terrorism expert, and Dr. Waleed Al-Rawi is an Iraqi academic, former Brigadier General, and expert on ISIS/the Islamic State.

315 Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley

Sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, International and Area Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, the Center for Right-Wing Studies, and the Institute of International Studies at UC Berkeley

 

Fall 2014

 October 2014

 Wednesday, October 1

 4:00-5:30pm

CRWS Colloquia Series:

Hungary's Conservative Revolution: Sui Generis or Future Pattern?

Jason Wittenberg, Associate Professor, Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley

Since the landslide victory of Fidesz in the 2010 Hungarian national parliamentary election, Hungary has undergone nothing short of a conservative revolution. With its parliamentary supermajority, Fidesz can rule without regard for opposition views, and has used that power with vigor. Since taking power Fidesz has drafted and passed a new conservative constitution, weakened the separation of powers, restricted freedom of speech, squeezed its socialist and liberal rivals out of positions of influence, and gerrymandered the electoral system in its favor. My comments will examine the roots of these changes and whether they are harbingers of future developments in post-communist Eastern Europe.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the EU Center.

 November 2014

 Thursday, November 13

 4:00-5:30pm

CRWS Colloquia Speaker Series:

The Great European War and the Rise of Radical Shinto Ultranationalism in Japan

Walter Skya, Associate Professor, History Department; Director, Asian Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Few students of  history are aware of the ideological linkages between Shintō nationalism in Japan and the new nationalists of early twentieth-century Europe, especially Italian Fascists and German Nazis—a linkage that began prior to the First World War and continued throughout the 1920s and 1930s.  There is much historical evidence to show that Italian Fascists and German Nazis were inspired by, and in some cases in awe of, Japanese völkisch Shintō nationalists.  Still more, the First World War gave momentum to a surge of vicious forms of radical Shintō ultranationalism that resulted in a wave of assassinations of Japanese politicians and mobilized the Japanese masses for war against the Western democracies in the 1940s.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by Center for Japanese Studies, Department of History, and Institute of European Studies 

 Monday, November 17

 4:00-5:30pm

Narendra Modi and the Sangh parivar: Lessons from his Gujarat years

Christophe Jaffrelot, Senior research fellow at Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales at Sciences Po (Paris), and research director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Professor of Indian Politics and Sociology at the King's India Institute (London) and Global Scholar at Princeton University

with Raka Ray, Professor and Department Chair of Sociology, as respondent

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by the Institute for South Asia Studies and the Center for Research on Social Change


Spring 2014

"Right on Campus: The Political Styles of Conservative College Students"

Amy Binder, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California at San Diego

Thursday, Feb. 6, 4:00-5:30pm

Conservative pundits allege that the pervasive liberalism of America's colleges and universities has detrimental effects on undergraduates, most particularly right-leaning ones. Yet not enough attention has been paid to young conservatives, themselves, to test these claims. In her recent book Becoming Right: How Campuses Shape Young Conservatives (Princeton University Press 2013), Binder uses qualitative and survey data to outline who conservative students are and how their beliefs and political activism relate to their university experience. Which parts of conservatism do these students identify with? What are the institutional features of different universities that lead to key differences in young people's conservative styles? How do national conservative organizations connect with American colleges and universities to recruit a cadre of future leaders? Finally, what do these students' educational experiences portend for their own futures--and for the future of American conservatism?

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way, Berkeley

Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Social Change and the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science

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"The Tea Party, the Shutdown, and Obamacare"

Monday, Feb. 10, 12:30-2:00pm

Lawrence Rosenthal, Executive Director, Center for Right-Wing Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Obamacare has been the bête-noire of the Tea Party movement since its founding in February 2009. Beyond its bombastic rhetoric and tactics, the Tea Party’s view of Obamacare is part and parcel of a theory of the U.S. Constitution, one that emerges from the “state-rights” tradition in U.S. history. Tea Party constitutionalism is understood as “popular originalism.” This view rests on a fundamentalist reading of the Constitution and the conviction that the U.S. Supreme Court should not enjoy a monopoly on constitutional interpretation. Objection to Obamacare is based on a notion that both social benefits, like health insurance, and political rights themselves are zerosum commodities. This theory at once interprets the Tea Party’s fierce sense of dispossession, and forms a constitutional principle that justifies extreme measures such as government shutdowns.

College 8 Rm 301, University of California, Santa Cruz

Co-sponsored by the UCSC Politics Department

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"Midwestern Roots and National Fruits: The Origins and Implications of Anita Bryant's Anti-gay Crusade"

Thursday, Feb. 13, 4:00-5:30pm

Carol Mason, Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, University of Kentucky

Thanks to the movie Milk, we all associate Anita Bryant's late-1970s antigay work in Dade County, Florida, with the concomitant campaigns in California. But Middle America has lots to teach us about Bryant and the bourgeoning conservatism she symbolized. At a time in which Christian businesses and Cold War apocalypticism were sweeping through Bryant's home state of Oklahoma, she emerged as a moral entrepreneur who embodied the wholesomeness of white femininity that connoted the American heartland and exemplified the national ideal of womanhood. It was this unspoken norm of whiteness that undergirded fighting for "our" children. It was this projected purity that a newly nationalized gay activism sought to sully, most famously with a banana cream pie thrown in Bryant's face. Theories of the abject, histories of colonialist agribusiness, and homespun humor merge in this heretofore-untold story of Bryant's rise and fall in Middle America.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way, Berkeley

Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Social Change and the Religion, Politics and Globalization Program

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"Ukraine: A Panel Discussion"

Thursday, March 13, 4:00-5:30pm

Panelists: M. Steven Fish, Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Associate Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley

Andrei Tsygankov, Professor of Political Science, San Francisco State University

Edward Walker, Associate Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Exec. Dir. of the Berkeley Program in East European and Eurasian Studies, UC Berkeley

Moderated by Jason Wittenberg, Associate Professor of Political Science, Acting Director of ISEES, UC Berkeley

The dramatic uprising in Ukraine that culminated in the flight and impeachment of then President Viktor Yanukovich and the instauration of an interim Ukrainian government has brought a long simmering dispute between Russia on the one hand and the United States and its NATO and EU allies over Ukraine’s external orientation to a head. What was initially a dramatic domestic crisis has become the most dangerous geopolitical confrontation since the end of the Cold War. The panel, organized by the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, will address domestic politics and internal cleavages within Ukraine, Ukraine’s economic prospects, Russia’s interests and objectives, and the policy options for the US and its Western allies.

Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley

Sponsored by the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies, European Union Center of Excellence, the Institute of European Studies, and the Institute of International Studies.

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"Will the Eurosceptics Topple Europe? The Rise of the Right and the european Parliament Election"

Monday, April 28, 4:00-5:30pm

A panel discussion featuring UC Berkeley scholars: Jason Wittenberg (Associate Professor, Political Science), Jeroen Dewulf (Associate Professor, German, and Queen Beatrix Chair and Director, Dutch Studies Program), Laura Fantone (Affiliated Scholar, Beatrice Bain Research Group for Critical Feminist Research), Gerard Roland (E. Morris Cox Professor of Economics and Professor of Political Science) and Kimberly Twist (PhD Candidate, Political Science).

There is a very real prospect that the 2014 European elections will result in a European Parliament that is highly skeptical of the entire European project--a parliament with a growing block of parliamentarians from the "eurosceptic right wing." Do eurosceptic right-wing parties have enough strength and popularity in their own domestic political systems to form a strong group within the European Parliament? Are these parties strong enough to move mainstream parties to adopt more restrictive positions on the budget or in constitutional and institutional areas? What would be the impact on the project of European integration?

3335 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored by CRWS; European Union Center of Excellence; Institute of European Studies; and Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. 


Fall 2013

"Fiddling while Turkey Fumes; Quo Vadis AKP?"

Melike Köse, Assistant Professor, Kocaeli University

Thursday, Sept. 5, 12:00-1:30pm

The recent protests in Istanbul’s Gezi Park represent a unique event in Turkish political history: a large scale and country-wide civil resistance movement that is bringing together different social and political groups from the far left to far right. Melike Akkaraca Köse, Assistant Professor at Kocaeli University in Turkey and an expert in Turkish politics, will discuss the political and social origins of this burgeoning movement and consider the question “why now?” by examining the role of the AKP, a right-wing party in power since 2002 that has had no effective opposition from the left or significant competition from centre-right parties. Dr. Köse will argue that the movement goes far beyond the conventional secular/Islamist division and opposition in Turkey. It is not only a massive social movement against the government and its policies grounded in environmental and ideological causes, but a general protest against the paternalistic state tradition in Turkey. Overall, Dr. Köse views the movement as part of a rising societal demand to stop increasing governmental intervention in the private spheres of citizens and as an uprising against arbitrary and unconstitutional restriction of political rights and freedoms in the public sphere.

Duster Conference Room, ISSI, 2420 Bowditch Street, Berkeley

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"Conservative Political Infrastructure in the Age of Obama"

Lee Fang, reporting fellow with the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute and a contributing writer at The Nation

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 4:00-5:30pm

Lee Fang, investigative writer with the Nation, will discuss his new book, The Machine: A Field Guide to the Resurgent Right. The book covers right-wing movements and strategy in the years since the 2008 election, from the rise of the Tea Party to the ways in which corporate interests have embraced tactics of the radical right.

Alumnae Hall, 2537 Haste St. (just around the corner from ISSI, between Telegraph Ave. and Bowditch St.)

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"My People, My People: How Competing Ideas about 'Black People' Shape African-American Republicans' Political Behavior"

Corey Fields, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Stanford University

with Laura Stoker, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California at Berkeley, as respondent

Thursday, Oct. 17, 4:00-5:30pm

This research explores how race animates the politics of African-American Republicans. I depart from existing approaches that treat race as an axis of identity. Instead, I argue for the necessity of treating race as a set of ideas about black people. Interviews and ethnographic observations reveal that strong expressions of racial identity are common among African-American Republicans. However, there are very different ideas about who constitutes the group being identified with. Divergent ideas about black people divide African-American Republicans. These ideas impact 3 aspects of their political behavior: (1) interpretation of conservative social policy, (2) their ability to organize themselves, and (3) their capacity to build alliances with white Republicans. To fully understand black political behavior, analysts must move from only considering race as a marker of identity for black people, to also thinking about race as a set of ideas black people have about black people.

Alumnae Hall, 2537 Haste St. (just around the corner from ISSI, between Telegraph Ave. and Bowditch St.)

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"Motherhood and Politics: Conservative Women Negotiate Ideology and Strategy"

Ronnee Schreiber, Professor of Political Science, San Diego State University

with Deirdre English, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley, as respondent

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 4:00-5:30pm

This project explores how conservative women leaders negotiate the tension between traditional views of motherhood and their desire to engage politically. This dilemma was exposed nationally when Sarah Palin, a mother of five, was nominated by John McCain to be his running mate. Fast forward to June 2011, when another conservative mother of five, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann announced her candidacy for President. References to their gender and maternal statuses influenced their campaigns and generated public debates about whether or not mothers should seek high levels of elective office.  Despite the articulation and promotion of traditional views about motherhood, legions of conservative women and men supported Palin and Bachmann. This includes social conservatives who promote the belief that women should prioritize stay-at-home mothering over professional goals. So how do conservative women negotiate theologically and ideologically traditional views about motherhood with their seemingly incompatible desire to engage in politics and represent mothers? How do conservative women navigate between conservative beliefs and their commitment to be in public office and/or support other conservative women’s bids? To address these questions I interviewed conservative women leaders, including Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly and Tea Party organizer Keli Carrender, and conducted a systematic qualitative analysis of organizational documents from national conservative women’s organizations. In so doing, this research provides a lens through which public deliberations about gender roles, motherhood and conservatism can be examined. 

Graduate School of Journalism Library, North Gate Hall, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored by the Center for Race and Gender and the Center for Research on Social Change, and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

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"The Sacral Framing of Exclusion: Christian Rhetoric in European and American Far-Right Discourses on Immigration, 2000-2012"

Bernhard Weidinger, Ph.d., University of Vienna, and Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies Visiting Scholar

Thursday, Nov. 21, 12:00-1:30pm

This project investigates how different sectors of the far right in Europe and in the US make use of Christian references (arguments, Bible verses, symbols, metaphors) when addressing immigration and multiculturalism in immigrant societies. Analyzing materials from the CRWS/PFAW Collection of Conservative Political Ephemera, I demonstrate how such references can be and are being deployed for different political agendas; how referencing practices and the rationales behind them vary between the European and the American cases; and what contextual features can help explain these differences. Thereby, the project aims to shed light on local specificities as well as on commonalities that can foster more abstract insights into the intersections of religion and nationalism/nativism and into the causes of anti-immigrant sentiment.

Duster Conference Room, 2420 Bowditch Street


Spring 2013

"In the Name of Motherland: Nationalist Debates and Literary Responses to the Right in Pre-WWI France"

Vesna Rodic, Lecturer, French Department, UC Berkeley

with Lawrence Rosenthal, Executive Director of CRWS, UC Berkeley as respondent

Tuesday, March 19, 4:00-5:30pm

In the years leading up to WWI, France was shaken by powerful debates on nationalism that involved French literature. The main actors in those debates were members of the right-wing political movement Action Française, whose leader Charles Maurras embraced monarchist, counter-revolutionary ideas and moved toward integral nationalism. The widespread appeal of the Action Française was challenged by members of the Nouvelle Revue Française (NRF), a literary journal founded by André Gide. This paper examines the Action Française’s conceptions of nation and the French literary canon through its polemics with the NRF in order to uncover the influence of political debates on the shaping of French literary criticism from 1909 to 1914. We conclude that the selective views of tradition adopted by the right reveal a moment of crisis, one that brought out tensions between literary criticism and political attitudes and that was further challenged by the experience of war.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

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"Border Granny Wants You!": Grandmothers Policing Nation at the U.S.-Mexico Border"

Jennifer Johnson, Associate Professor of Sociology, Kenyon College, and Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies Visiting Scholar

withm Paola Bacchetta, Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, UC Berkeley as respondent

Wednesday, April 10, 4:00-5:30pm

This paper examines the politicization and lived experience of grandmotherhood within the ranks of militant anti-immigration activists in the contemporary U.S.   Grounded in qualitative research on the Minuteman border policing movement, it documents how nativists collectively deploy grandmotherhood to boost the movement’s membership, sharpen its political critique, and ensure a constant source of behind-the-scene care workers.  The theoretical import of this case lies in its potential to extend scholarship on women’s incorporation into nationalist projects in two inter-related directions: 1) from an emphasis on “motherhood” as the basis for mobilizing women in defense of nation toward a consideration of how the work of “grandmotherhood” may be used for this purpose, and; 2) from a focus on control of women’s sexuality and reproductive capacity toward an exploration of their roles as strategic actors in ideological battles against multiculturalism.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way, Berkeley

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"Neo-Nationalism in Western Europe"

Maureen A. Eger, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Sociology, Umea University, Sweden

Monday, April 15, 12:00-1:30pm

The increasing popularity of radical right parties in Western Europe has received widespread attention.  And, while there is now a rather large literature on parties with explicitly anti-immigrant platforms, there is surprisingly little consensus—and more importantly evidence—about the underlying ideology of this party family or the ideological positions of its supporters.  Particularly lacking is cross-national research that maps party positions along both economic and cultural axes over time.  Using Manifesto Project Data (1970-2010), we analyze the platforms of the parties the literature has identified as radical right and show that they have qualitatively changed between 1970 and 2010.  Current parties differ fundamentally from their predecessors in that nationalist claims are paramount. We verify our findings through a content analysis of party websites in 2012 and then utilize the European Social Survey (2002-2010) to confirm that voters’ attitudes are consistent with contemporary parties’ platforms. Our results point to a coherent political ideology, which may be partially responsible for these parties’ recent electoral successes.  Based on our combined analyses, we conclude that contemporary anti-immigrant parties actually constitute a new, distinct party family, which we term neo-nationalist.

Duster Conference Room, ISSI, 2420 Bowditch Street, Berkeley


Fall 2012

"France, USA: The Right in the 2012 Presidential Elections"

Lawrence Rosenthal, Executive Director, Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies

and Eric Darras, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Laboratoire des sciences sociales du Politique, IEP, University of Toulouse 

Thursday, September 20, 3:30-5:00pm

2012 is a presidential election year in France and in the USA. Both countries face high unemployment and widespread economic dislocation. In each country a right-wing movement of considerable weight has thrived in the current economic and political environment. The Tea Party emerged in 2009 as a reaction to the election of Barack Obama. It mobilized stormy resistance to the President's health care and stimulus plans, and was a central factor in the Republican Party's electoral triumphs of 2010. The National Front has been a fixture in France's right wing since its charismatic leader, Jean-Marie Le Pen, founded it in 1972.  It is currently under the updated leadership of his daughter, Marine Le Pen.

The panelists will address the role of these right-wing movements in the French and U.S. 2012 presidential elections. The panel will consider the following issues: How do these movements relate to mainstream right-wing parties? What kind of discontent are they expressing and what has been the effect of this on the French and US presidential campaigns? What are their socio-demographic bases? In their political worldview, what groups fall under the category of "un-American" or "un-French"? Are they bringing new voters to the polls? 

223 Moses Hall

Co-sponsored by the France-Berkeley Fund, the Institute for International Studies, and the Center for Research on Social Change.


Summer 2012

"The Tea Party: Its Rapid Rise and Current Prospects"

Lawrence Rosenthal, Executive Director and Lead Researcher, Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies

Monday, July 9, 6:30-8:00pm

Horsaal 3F

Heninrich-Heine-Universitat, Dusseldorf, Germany

An interview of Lawrence Rosenthal by Horst Zimmer of Der Rechte Rand, entitled "Das Phänomen: 'Tea Party'" and published in September/October 2012, can be found here. Read the German version of the interview here.

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"Dal Prohibition al Tea Party. La destra cristiana e la politica Americana"

("From Prohibition to the Tea Party: The Christian Right and American Politics")

Lawrence Rosenthal, Executive Director and Lead Researcher, Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies

Thursday, April 26, 4:00-6:00pm

Universita degli di Roma, "la Sapienza," Rome, Italy


 Spring 2012

"Berlusconi in Perspective: Personalization of Politics and Its Limits"

Sergio Fabbrini, Professor of Political Science and International Relations and Director of the School of Government, Luiss Guido Carli University, Rome
with Lawrence Rosenthal, Executive Director and Lead Researcher, Center for the Comparative Study of Right-Wing Movements, as respondent

This talk will present a comparative and theoretical discussion of the personalization of politics that characterized the leadership of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Technological transformations in political communication and electoral mobilization in Europe and the United States have fostered a highly personalized political process in which leaders, not parties, have become the main actors in electoral politics. This was particularly true in Italy where Silvio Berlusconi has been the promoter and the beneficiary of those transformations. Elsewhere, such personalization has met formidable obstacles in moving from the electoral to the governmental level in both Europe and the United States. However, those obstacles were significantly less powerful in Italy during Berlusconi's premierships, owing to Berlusconi's wealth, media control, and personal control of his party and parliamentary majority.

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 4:00-5:30pm

Wildavsky Conference Room, 2538 Channing Way, Berkeley

Read a Berkeley News article reporting on this event here.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Social Change, the Department of Italian Studies, the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, and the Institute of Governmental Studies.

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The Berkeley Journal of Sociology Annual Conference 2012 "The Popular"

The Berkeley Journal of Sociology invites you to a conference regarding the political, cultural, social, and technological facets of "the popular." What are the relationships between the popular, appeals to the popular, and social and economic conditions or structures? What key lines of difference emerge within the popular? How might the concept of "the popular" itself work to obscure important divisions or fissures? How do various sites of inquiry illuminate or problematize the very notion of "the popular" as a meaningful descriptor? How might popular phenomena be distinguished, and what is the significance of this distinction? The conference will feature two graduate student panels and two keynote addresses, by Isaac Martin (UCSD) and Laura Grindstaff (UC Davis).

Read more information about the conference and view the conference agenda here.

Friday, March 16, 9:00am-5:30pm

Eshelman Library, 7th Floor (on Bancroft Way between Telegraph Ave. and Dana St.)

Sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies, the Department of Sociology, and the Institute of Governmental Studies

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"How Liberalism Became the 'L-Word'"

Lawrence Rosenthal, Executive Director and Lead Researcher, Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies
with Ruth Rosen, Professor Emerita of History, UC Davis, and ISSI Scholar in Residence, as respondent

There is a hole in most standard explanations of the rise of the American New Right. Analysts tend to focus on the "social movements" that arose in the 70s and 80s. These often Christian based, "moral issues" backlash movements were roused by the perceived immorality of the counterculture and its liberal supporters, by "identity group" politics on the left, and, perhaps especially, by abortion. While these movements certainly mobilized new voters and changed minds in Middle America, this analysis misses the great sea change in the convictions of American voters on issues of political economy. In large numbers (enough for a lasting electoral majority) Americans came to believe that unions should be busted; taxes on individuals and investments and corporations should be dramatically reduced; corporate activity deregulated; social welfare programs should be cut or abandoned. In short, they came to reject the political economic tenets of American liberalism in favor of New Right economics. Liberalism was replaced by the core tenets of an American conservatism that had been around since the 1930s, cohered into a movement in the 1950s but, until the age of Ronald Reagan, had never managed to gain significant purchase in the American electorate. Further, the "irrationality" of Americans of modest means assuming these views (voting, apparently, against their own self-interest) has baffled observers, especially of the left. This paper argues that the Right's success in effecting this change in American views on the political economy derives from the extreme (and inadequately recognized) nationalist anger owing to America's defeat in the Vietnam War and the ascription of its cause to the domestic antiwar movement-the enemy at home. Through a process of conflation, the withering anger with the anti-war movement became attached to the Democratic Party and, finally, to its signature doctrine, American liberalism.

Tuesday, March 20, 4:00-5:30pm

Wildavsky Conference Room, 2538 Channing Way, Berkeley

Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Social Change and the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science.

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"Planning against Planning: The Mont Pelerin Society and the Origins of Neoliberalism"

Angus Burgin, Assistant Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University
with David Hollinger, Preston Hotchkis Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley, as respondent

This talk examines the international reemergence of free-market ideas in the years following the Second World War. It focuses on the members of the Mont Pelerin Society, an international organization founded by Friedrich Hayek in 1947 to bring together economists, philosophers, journalists, and philanthropists who sought to rehabilitate public support for the market mechanism. In the years before the founding of the society, market advocates were marginalized within both the international scholarly community and the American political environment; a half-century later, opposition to state interference in the actions of the competitive market had become pervasive within economics faculties and increasingly influential in the public sphere. This talk will explore the dynamics that made this transformation possible: between economists and politicians, intellectuals and rhetoricians, and transnational academic networks and domestic policy debates.

Thursday, April 5, 4:00-5:30pm

Wildavsky Conference Room, 2538 Channing Way, Berkeley

Co-sponsored by the History Department, the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, and the Center for Research on Social Change.

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"The Tea Party and the Future of American Conservatism"

Lawrence Rosenthal, Executive Director and Lead Researcher, CRSC, University of California

Prof. Sergio Fabbrini, Director of Luiss Guido Carli University, School of Government, as moderator

Monday, April 16, 12:30-2:30pm

Conference Room, Luiss Guido Carli University, School of Government, Rome

Co-sponsored by the History Department, the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, and the Center for Research on Social Change.


 Fall 2012

"Populism and the Tea Party in American Politics"

Speakers:

Bill Whalen, Resident Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Lawrence Rosenthal, Executive Director and Lead Researcher, Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies

Henry E. Brady, Dean Goldman School of Public Policy

Moderated by:

Christine Trost, Program Director, Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies; Assistant Director, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

Saturday, October 15, 11:00-12:30 pm

Alumni House, UC Berkeley

View video of this event here.

Sponsored by the Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement, Goldman School of Public Policy. Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies

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"Was there a Fascist War Violence? Memory and Morality of War Crimes in Post-Fascist Italy"

Lidia Santarelli, Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow of European and Mediterranean Studies, New York University
with
Mia Fuller, Associate Professor of Italian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, as respondent

This paper discusses historical evidence of war crimes perpetrated by the Italian army against civilians in Axis-occupied Greece (1940-43). By shedding new light on a dark page of the history of modern Italy which until now has been almost entirely obscured, it challenges the conventional representation of Fascist Italy's war violence as an anthropological alternative to the Nazi total war. From this perspective, this paper investigates the intertwining of politics, international justice and public memory in post-1945 Europe. One of the main questions addressed by this paper regards the peculiarity, if any, of Fascist Italy's war violence and, related to this, the rapport of Fascist Italy's practices of governance and repression with the experience of European colonialism.

Thursday, October 27, 3:00-4:30 pm

Wildavsky Conference Room, 2538 Channing Way, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored by the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, the Italian Studies Department, and the History Department.

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"Islamic Republics: The Arab Retort to Iran"

Roger Cohen, columnist for The New York Times and International Herald Tribune
with
Emily Gottreich, Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of History and Middle Eastern Studies and Vice Chair for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California Berkeley, as moderator

From Tunisia to the Gulf, Arabs have redefined the "Arab Street" as a locus of inspiration. They have risen up to contest despotism and claim forms of representative government. The great debate among them is how to reconcile faith and modernity - remain true to Islam while establishing systems that are transparent, accountable, equitable and democratic. They look to Erdogan not Khamenei but face implacable rivals, within and without, determined to prove the Arab Spring is nothing but a false dawn.

CANCELLED

Co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Political Science Association, the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, the Sociology Department, the Berkeley Undergraduate Sociology Association, the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism School, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Center for Research on Social Change, the Townsend Center Working Group on Muslim Identities & Cultures, and the Religion, Politics and Globalization Program.


 Spring 2012

"From the New Deal to the New Right: Race and the Southern Origins of Modern Conservatism"

Joseph Lowndes, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Oregon
with Margaret Weir, Professor of Political Science and Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, as respondent

The rise of modern conservatism is perhaps the most consequential political phenomenon of the last half century. This political shift is generally dated to a 1960s-era popular response to the perceived excesses of Civil Rights and related social movements. However, conservative ascendency began not as a reactive backlash in the 1960s but as a proactive political exchange across the post-war era through which southern segregationists and northern conservatives forged a populist, antistatist political identity. In this talk Professor Lowndes considers the analysis of his book in relation to the current re-emergence of a populist Right opposition to the Obama presidency.

Thursday, February 10, 4:00-5:30 pm

Wildavsky Conference Room, 2538 Channing Way, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley

Professor Lowndes' book, From the New Deal to the New Right: Race and the Southern Origins of Modern Conservatism, will be available for sale and signing at this event.

Co-sponsored by the History Department, the Center for Race and Gender, the African American Studiese Department and the Sociology Department.

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"National Imaginary and Fear of Darkness: Race and Gender in Italy"

Panelists: Dr. Gaia Giuliani and Professor Cristina Lombardi

This panel engages ideas of whiteness, otherness and gender in Italy. Two scholars present their post-colonial critiques of hegemonic race and gender formations in Italy. They will discuss the evolution of the categories of race and gender from the late 19th century, to the fascist era, up to the contemporary period.

Gaia Giuliani is a political scientist from Bologna, Italy. Her areas of expertise are post-colonial, gender and queer theory. She is currently a post-doc visiting scholar at the Transforming Cultures Research Centre of the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

Cristina Lombardi is Associate Professor of Italian Studies, The American University of Rome (currently Visiting Faculty at UC Berkeley). She published essays on gender and Italian colonial literature, African-Italian autobiographies, Mediterranean and Atlantic diasporas, space, race and migration in journals such as Italian Culture, Romance Language Annuls and Interventions. She is working on the memory of Italian colonialism for her forthcoming book.

Wednesday, March 9, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Room 370 Dwinelle (Level F), UC Berkeley

Sponsored by the Beatrice Bain Research Group

Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies, the Department of Italian Studies, and the Center for Race and Gender

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"Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right"

Jennifer Burns, Assistant Professor of History, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia

Professor Burns will speak about her recently published book, Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right (Oxford University Press, 2009), an intellectual biography of the controversial novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand. Worshipped by her fans, denounced by her enemies, and forever shadowed by controversy and scandal, Rand was a powerful thinker whose views on government and markets shaped the conservative movement from its earliest days. Drawing on unprecedented access to Rand's private papers and the original, unedited versions of Rand's journals, Professor Burns offers a groundbreaking reassessment of this key cultural figure, examining her life, her ideas, and her impact on conservative political thought.

Wednesday, April 20, 12:00-1:30 pm

370 Dwinelle Hall

To view video of this event, click here.

Co-sponsored by the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, the Beatrice Bain Research Group, the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Undergraduate Political Science Association and the History Department.

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"Right-Wing Parties in Central Eastern Europe: The Perfect Breeding Ground for Radicalism?"

Alina Polyakova, PhD Candidate in Sociology and Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies Graduate Fellow, UC Berkeley

Paradoxically, extreme right-wing parties have been more successful in the well-established democracies of Western Europe than in unstable, post-communist Central Eastern Europe (CEE). The electoral support for xenophobic, anti-immigrant, and nationalist parties in Western Europe challenges the assertion that Western European liberal democracies represent the ideal form of human governance. Conversely, the relative failure of the right in CEE suggests that current theories may not adequately explain variation in the radical right's success outside the western context. Existing theories look at Western Europe and seek to explain cross-national variation in electoral support for right-wing parties. Examining factors at the macro-level, scholars attempt to identify a set of independent variables that create the perfect "breeding ground" for the radical right. This talk examines if the "breeding ground" hypothesis can be adequately applied to the CEE region. The research contributes to the current literature by extending the analysis of right-wing parties to eleven CEE countries from 1992 to 2008 and showing that the usually cited aggregate level factors do not adequately explain variation in support for the right in CEE.

Thursday, May 5, 1:00-2:30pm

Duster Conference Room, 2420 Bowditch St., ISSI, UC Berkeley

with Margaret Weir, Professor of Sociology and Political Science, UC Berkeley, as respondent

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Social Change


 Fall 2010

"Agnotology in Practice: Correlations of Creationism and Global Warming Denial"

Josh Rosenau, Public Information and Project Director, National Center for Science Education, Inc.

with Daniel Kammen, 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy, University of California, Berkeley

For years the opponents of evolution have cast their arguments as "science"--complete with research institutes, journals and media departments, typically financed by right-wing donors. Earlier this enterprise went by the name "creationism" and lately the tenets of creationism have been recast as "intelligent design". In recent years, the model of this opposition to evolution has been imported into the campaign against the science of global warming and the attempt to forge public policy to combat its effects. This talk looks at several key elements of this model. These include parallels in strategy and rhetoric between creationists and global warming deniers; the use of polling data to cast doubt on evolution and global warming; and seeking answers to the issues raised by evolution and climate change in Genesis.

Tuesday, September 14, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Wildavsky Conference Room, 2538 Channing Way, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored by the Energy and Resources Group.

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Conference:

Fractures, Alliances and Mobilizations in the Age of Obama: Emerging Analyses of the "Tea Party Movement"

Friday, October 22, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Toll Room, Alumni House, University of California at Berkeley

This conference will bring together leading scholars, along with several journalists and political commentators, to discuss and debate the emergence and implications of the "Tea Party Movement" in the wake of Obama's election. Much has been made of the Tea Party Movement in the media however there is little, if any, scholarship on it. This conference, which features historians, political scientists, sociologists, and race and gender scholars, is intended to begin to fill this gap.

Key questions that the conference will address include: Is the "Tea Party Movement" (TPM) a new social movement, an emerging political party, a media-driven construction, or something else? What are the origins, ideology, and constituencies of the TPM and how were they formed? What is the relationship between the TPM and the Right, especially the GOP, in the U.S., and what role will the TPM play in shaping the 2010 and future elections? How do race, class and gender factor into the TPM's message and membership? How are TPM activists tapping into and/or managing the populist, libertarian, and radical currents on the Right, as well as fear, anger and resentment among segments of the American public? What significance does the TPM hold for the future of American politics?

Read more here.

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UCB-GTU-UCD Jewish Studies Chevruta Dissertation Workshop

Workshop Participants:

Shaul Setter (Comparative Literature) "The Departure from History: Writing at the Ends of Literature in Israel/Palestine"Discussant: Naomi Seidman (GTU)

Tom Pessah (Sociology) "Making the Arab Enemy, Making War and Making the State - Israel/Palestine, 1948" Discussant: David Biale (UCD)

Sarah Anne Minkin (Sociology and CCSRWM Graduate Fellow) "Fear, Fantasy and Family: Israel's Significance to American Jews"Discussant: Diane Wolf (UCD)

Moderator: Chana Kronfeld (UCB)

The format will be the following: We will circulate beforehand the dissertation proposals of the three students so that all those attending the workshop can read them before the event. At the workshop, students will present a particular aspect of their dissertation followed by a response from the discussant. Then we'll open it up for Q+A. This is what we hope will be the first in an ongoing series of dissertation workshops. Please join us!! Light refreshments provided. If you are coming, please RSVP to Cara Chiaraluce (cchiaraluce@ucdavis.edu) who will then send you the three proposals by email.

Friday, October 29, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

3335 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley

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"The Civic Foundations of Fascism in Europe: Italy, Spain, and Romania 1870-1945"

Dylan Riley, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

with Andrew Janos, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, as respondent

Dylan Riley reconceptualizes the nature and origins of interwar fascism in this remarkable investigation of the connection between civil society and authoritarianism.
From the late nineteenth century to World War I, voluntary associations exploded across Europe, especially among rural non-elites. But the development of this "civil society" did not produce liberal democracy in Italy, Spain, and Romania. Instead, Riley finds that it undermined the nascent liberal regimes in these countries and was a central cause of the rise of fascism. Developing an original synthesis of Gramsci and Tocqueville, Riley explains this surprising outcome by arguing that the development of political organizations in the three nations failed to keep pace with the proliferation of voluntary associations, leading to a crisis of political representation to which fascism developed as a response. His argument shows how different forms of fascism in Italy, Spain, and Romania arose in response to the divergent paths taken by civil society development in each nation.
Presenting the seemingly paradoxical argument that the rapid development of civil society facilitated the rise of fascism in Italy, Spain, and Romania, Riley credibly challenges the notion that a strong civil society necessarily leads to the development of liberal democracy.

Thursday, November 4, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Wildavsky Conference Room, 2538 Channing Way, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Department of Sociology.

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Center for Southeast Asian Studies Brown Bag talk:

"Nationalism and the Cold War in the Republic of Vietnam, 1954-1963"

Nu-Anh Tran, Doctoral Candidate, History and Center for the Comparative Study of Right-Wing Movements Graduate Fellow

The conventional characterization of the Republic of Vietnam (RVN or South Vietnam) is as a Cold War invention that lacked a strong sense of national identity. This talk challenges that interpretation by examining the relationship between the Cold War and Vietnamese nationalism from the perspective of the Saigon regime. For the RVN, the Cold War actually served nationalist concerns and the government linked domestic anti-communism with the international conflict by claiming membership in an international fraternity of anti-communist freedom fighters. To make the Cold War more appealing to the population, the regime portrayed participation in international alliances as a form of artistic and intellectual exchange and an opportunity to enrich the universal culture of humanity with the distinctiveness of Vietnamese culture.

Wednesday, November 17, 12:00 - 1:30 pm

IEAS conference room, 6th floor, 2223 Fulton St.

Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies.

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Religion in the Armed Forces: A Conference

In their inexorable drive to uncover the religious roots of contemporary conflict, scholars often lose sight of the many ways in which religion shapes conflict short of causing war. Religion can influence the identities of participants and opponents, the legitimacy of weapons and targets, the timing and location of confrontations, how soldiers dress, eat, fight or die, tactical and strategic calculations, or the conceptualization of victory and defeat.

This conference offers a fresh look at the role of religion in contemporary war by investigating the impact of religion on the armed forces of modern states. Participants will discuss the role of religion in military demography, organization, practices, discourse, clergy and doctrine. In conceiving of religion as a pervasive force in warfare we can start shifting the emphasis of our analyses away from extreme cases, involving religious extremists and fanatics, and onto the broader universe of religion and contemporary inter-state conflict.

Wednesday December 15

1:30-2:00pm - Welcome - Ron Hassner, University of California, Berkeley

2:00-3:30pm - The United States

  • Martin Cook, Naval War College.
  • Pauletta Otis, Marine Corps University.

3:45-5:45pm -Japan, Canada, Israel

  • Japan - Aaron Skabelund, Brigham Young University; Akito Ishikawa (not attending).
  • Canada - Joanne Benham Rennick, University of Waterloo.
  • Israel - Stuart Cohen, Bar Ilan University.

Thursday December 16

9:00-10:30am - India, Pakistan

  • India - Amit Ahuja, University of California, Santa Barbara.
  • Pakistan - Christine Fair, Georgetown University.

10:45am-12:15pm - Turkey, Iran,

  • Turkey - Aysegul Komsuoglu, University of California Berkeley; Gul Kurtoglu Eskisar, Dokuz Eylul University (not attending).
  • Iran - Mahsa Rouhi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

12:30-1:30pm - Patterns and Conclusions

Location: 223 Moses Hall, UC Berkeley

Sponsored by the Institute for International Studies and the Religion, Politics and Globalization Program.

Co-sponsored by ISSI and the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies

For more information contact rpgp@berkeley.edu.


 Spring 2010

"Ex-Gay, Post-Gay, Still Gay: The Ex-Gay Movement in South Africa and the United States"

Lynn Gerber, Research Fellow, Religion Politics and Globlization Program, University of California, Berkeley

with Melissa Hackman, PhD candidate, Anthropology Department, University of California, Santa Cruz

Wednesday, April 28, 4:00 - 6:00 pm 223 Moses Hall, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies, the Religion, Politics and Globalization Program, Beatrice Bain Research Group, the Center for Race and Gender, and the Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures.

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"The Culture of Paranoia: Tracing the Breakdown of the Conservative Ascendancy"

Lawrence Rosenthal, Visiting Research Sociologist and Executive Director, Center for the Comparative Study of Right-Wing Movements, University of California, Berkeley

Wednesday, April 21, 4:00-5:30 pm Wildavsky Conference Room, 2538 Channing Way, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley

Part of the ISSI Colloquia Series. Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies.

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"The Concept of Reaction"

Mark Lilla, Professor of Humanities, Columbia University

with Martin E. Jay, Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of History, UC Berkeley, as respondent

Tuesday, April 6, 12:00 - 1:30 pm

370 Dwinelle Hall, University of California, Berkeley

What do we mean by the term "reaction"? This concept, which drifted from the sciences to our political thought in the eighteenth century, is one of the least studied in modern intellectual history. Libraries are full of books on "revolution" and "resistance"; there are very few on reaction, a phenomenon that has done as much to shape the West (and now the world) as the other two. There have been potent reactions against the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, economic modernization, urbanization, colonialism, and now globalization. The term is usually used to describe individuals and movements on the right, and is often confused with conservatism. Yet reaction also occurs on the left (in radical environmentalism, for example). This talk will explore the many meanings people have given to the concept and examine whether any of them advance our understanding of modernity.

Co-sponsored by the History Department, Philosophy Department, Sociology Department, and Political Science Department.

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"Does Gender Matter in Organized Racism?"

Kathleen Blee, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and History, and Chair of the Department of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh

Thursday, March 11, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley

How do we know if gender matters in right-wing movements? Drawing on my studies of women in the 1920s Ku Klux Klan and modern U.S. organized racism, as well as new scholarship on women in right-wing movements across the globe, this talk looks at assumptions that enable and circumscribe how we understand gender on the political right. These include templates of German Nazism, the male right, social movement progressivism, historical & spatial continuity, and mobilization from the private to the public.

To view video of this event, click here.

Co-sponsored by the Beatrice Bain Research Group, the Gender and Women's Studies Department, the Department of African American Studies, and the Sociology Department.

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"Dispatches from the Abortion Wars: Two Authors Discuss Global and Domestic Battles over Women's Reproduction"

Michelle Goldberg, journalist and author of The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of the World (Penguin, 2009)

Carole Joffe, Professor Emerita of Sociology, University of California Davis and author of Dispatches from the Abortion Wars: The Costs of Fanaticism to Doctors, Patients and the Rest of Us (Beacon Press, 2010)

Thursday, January 28, 2010, 12:00 - 1:30 pm

370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley

The assassination of Dr. George Tiller last May marked an upsurge in violence and intimidation by the anti-abortion movement in the U.S. At this event, two experts on domestic and international battles over women's reproduction will discuss recent developments in the U.S. and anti-abortion movement and situate it within the larger, global movement aimed at limiting women's reproductive rights.

To view video of this event, click here.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Race and Gender, the Gender and Women's Studies Departments, the Beatrice Bain Research Group, and the Religion, Politics and Globalization Program at UC Berkeley.


 Fall 2009

"U.S. vs. Them: How a Half-Century of Conservatism has Undermined America's Security"

Peter Scoblic, Executive Editor, The New Republic

Thursday, Nov. 5, 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Wildavsky Conference Room, 2538 Channing Way, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley

When Barack Obama campaigned for president, he promised not just to "end the war in Iraq," but to "end the mindset that got us into the war in the first place." What did he mean? Some analysts have described George W. Bush's approach to the world as revolutionary. In his book,U.S. vs. Them, J. Peter Scoblic maintains that the best way to understand Bush's foreign policy is to recognize that it is not radical, but rather the most recent expression of conservatism, an often misunderstood ideology whose national security instincts are rooted in America's eighteenth-century view of itself and whose modern form has percolated for more than a half century, reaching full strength in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks. Tracing the history of Cold War conservatism from its development by William F. Buckley to its manifestation in Barry Goldwater through its implementation by Ronald Reagan and its culmination in the Bush administration, Scoblic weaves an intellectual history that shows that the right's insistence on seeing the world in terms of us-versus-them and good-versus-evil not only increased the threat of nuclear war with the Soviet Union, but obstructed recent efforts to prevent North Korea, Iran, and even al Qaeda from getting the bomb. Today, Scoblic provocatively argues, what conservatives often present as moral clarity is in fact nothing more than a continued failure to recognize that American security depends on our ability to think outside our borders-to stop seeing the United States in unavoidable opposition to the world. In diagnosing the origins of Bush's foreign policy and its consequences, Scoblic seeks to illuminates the path to renewed American leadership in the twenty-first century and safety from the most dangerous threat we face today: nuclear terrorism.

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"Blood and Politics: New Developments in the Rise of (White) Nationalism in the U.S., UK, and other parts of Europe"

Leonard Zeskind, President, Institute for Reseach & Education on Human Rights

Nick Lowles, Editor, Searchlight Magazine

Thursday, October 8, 2009, 3:30-5:30 pm

Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley

Race and nationalism are back on the political agenda. Zeskind and Lowles will examine these issues in the U.S. and Europe, focusing on both the most recent developments and the social movements that brought us to this point.

To view video of this event, click here.

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"Passive Revolution: Absorbing the Islamic Challenge to Capitalism"

Cihan Tugal, Assistant Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley

with Ali Eshraghi, Journalist and Religion, Politics and Globalization Program Visiting Fellow

Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 12:00 - 1:30 pm

223 Moses Hall, IIS Conference Room, UC Berkeley

At this book colloquium, UC Berkeley Sociology Professor Cihan Tugal will discuss his recently published book, Passive Revolution: Absorbing the Islamic Challenge to Capitalism (Stanford 2009). Over the last decade, pious Muslims all over the world have gone through contradictory transformations. Though public attention commonly rests on the turn toward violence, this book's stories of transformation to 'moderate Islam' in a previously radical district in Istanbul exemplify another experience. In a shift away from distrust of the state to partial secularization, Islamists in Turkey transitioned through a process of absorption into existing power structures. With rich descriptions of life in the district of Sultanbeyli, this unique work investigates how religious activists organized, how authorities defeated them, and how the emergent pro-state Justice and Development Party incorporated them. As Tugal reveals, the absorption of a radical movement was not simply the foregone conclusion of an inevitable world-historical trend but an outcome of contingent struggles. With a closing comparative look at Egypt and Iran, the book situates the Turkish case in a broad historical context and discusses why Islamic politics have not been similarly integrated into secular capitalism elsewhere.

Co-sponsored by the Religion, Politics and Globalization Program, UC Berkeley.