Joint Conference on Right-Wing Studies & Research on Male Supremacism

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Joint Conference on Right-Wing Studies and Research on Male Supremacism

August 3-6, 2020

Online

 

This virtual conference brings together researchers focused on the right-wing and male supremacism for three days of panels, networking events, training sessions, and keynote speakers.


Tuesday, August 4 - Thursday, August 6 | 8:30am - 3:30pm PT

Monday, August 3 (optional preconference training on digital security) | 9:00am - 2:00pm PT

Register Here (Student registration: $25 | General registration: $45)


Sponsored by Institute for Research on Male Supremacism

Co-sponsored by Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies

 

Panel schedule (see below for detailed schedule with times):

Tuesday, August 4th:

  • Targeting “Gender Ideology” and LGBTQ Rights
  • Women and the Anti-: Abortion, Health, Reproduction, Equal Rights
  • Keynote: Revealing White Supremacy - Dr. Crystal Fleming 

Wednesday, August 5th:

  • Masculinities and Mythologies
  • Immigration and Islam in the Right-Wing Imagination

Thursday August 6th:

  • Geographies of the Right
  • Conflicts of Nationalism
  • Keynote Panel: The Far-Right in 2020: Supremacist and Authoritarian Mobilization in the United States and Europe - Dr. Terri Givens and Dr. Lawrence Rosenthal

Other sessions, which will take place from 12:00pm-2:00pm PT, will discuss the emotional toll of conducting research that deals with ideologies that are hateful, dehumanizing, supremacist, etc., best practices for researchers doing work on supremacist groups, and answering the call for public scholarship that can provide vital information on threats to democracy and justice. There will also be talks addressing current movements around racism and white male supremacy, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the upcoming U.S. elections.

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to join networking events: "happy hours" to meet other researchers and discuss work or interests in an informal setting.

An add-on digital security pre-conference training tailored to researchers whose subject matter increases vulnerability and risk, given by an expert from Equality Labs, will precede the main conference, taking place on Monday August 3rd from 9:00am-2:00pm PST. There is an additional $15 fee for this training.


Full Schedule (all times are Pacific Time)


Tuesday, August 4th


8:30am – 10:10am: Panel Presentations

Targeting “Gender Ideology” and LGBTQ Rights 

Chair: Carol Mason

Panelists:

  1. The many gay agendas: The making and remaking of anti-LGBTQ conspiracies, Evelyn Schlatter, Southern Poverty Law Center
  2. Beyond “Culture War” and Right-Wing Demagoguery: Fifty Shades of Gender and Sexuality between Moral Conservatism and Sex Radicalism, Ying-Chao Kao, Virginia Commonwealth University
  3. Reactionary Populism and Gender: Emergence of Anti-gender Movements in East Central Europe, Mina P. Baginova, Charles University Prague and University College London (UCL)
  4. Gender and the Revival of National Catholicism. A Study of Opposition to Feminism in Spain, Marcel Obst, University of Warwick

10:20am – 12:00pm: Panel Presentations

Women and the Anti-: Abortion, Reproduction, Sexual Harassment, Equal Rights

Chair: Victoria Phillips

Panelists:

  1. Co-Opted Compliance: How Men’s Rights Groups Shape the Meaning of Title IX (1972-2020), Jessica Cabrera, University of California-Irvine
  2. Agitating for theocracy at the local level: The Anti-Abortion Movement Targets North Carolina’s Capital as a ‘Sanctuary for the Unborn, Cloee Cooper, Political Research Associates
  3. The New Pronatalism: Reproductive Health Care from Fascism to Forza Nuova, Diana Garvin, University of Oregon
  4. The Militant Culture of a Female Right-Wing Organization: The Example of Phyllis Schlafly and Eagle Forum, Amelie Ribieras, Pantheon-Sorbonne University

12:10pm – 12:50pm:

Coffee Break

Join us in a virtual Zoom room to be broken out into “tables” to chat informally with other conference participants!

1:00pm – 2:30pm: Keynote Talk

Revealing White Supremacy, Dr. Crystal Fleming

Co-sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Dr. Crystal Marie Fleming is an internationally recognized expert on racism and anti-racism who empowers audiences to confront and challenge white supremacy. She is the author of How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy and the Racial Divide and  Resurrecting Slavery: Racial Legacies and White Supremacy in France. Dr. Fleming’s talk addresses the urgency of expanding our collective understanding of white supremacy beyond extremism like neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan. Drawing on her expertise and empirical research on white supremacy in the U.S. and Europe, Crystal shows how white supremacy is deeply tied to European colonialism, patriarchy, modern capitalism and the destruction of our ecosystem. 

 


Wednesday, August 5th


7:00am – 8:15am:

Early Bird Happy Hour

Whether you’re an early riser on the West Coast (the early bird gets the worm!) or in time for the early bird special in Europe, or somewhere in between, join us in a virtual zoom room to start today’s events by breaking out into “tables” to chat with other conference participants!

8:30am – 10:10am: Panel Presentations

Masculinities and Mythologies

Chair: Greta Jasser

Panelists:

  1. The Far Right’s Appropriation of Theory, Communication Strategies, Codes and Concepts of Masculinity, Georg Glaeser, University of Cologne
  2. The [Misogynist] Model Minority: MRAsians and Male Supremacist Beliefs in Asian America, Julia DeCook, Loyola University Chicago
  3. Sex, Power, and Body Control: Men’s Rights Leisure Participation and Neoliberal Discourses, Luc S. Cousineau, University of Waterloo
  4. A Pagan Ethic and Sacred masculinity?: Sports Mythologies and Practices Within the Azov Movement in Ukraine, Adrien Nonjon, Research Center Europe-Eurasia (CREE) and National Institute for Oriental Languages and Cultures (INALCO)

10:20am – 12:00pm PT: Panel Presentations

Immigration and Islam in the Right-Wing Imagination

Chair: Jason Luger

Panelists:

  1. Islamophobia and American Right Wing Discourses on the Muslim Subject, Hatem Bazian, Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project
  2. In Bad Faith: Anti-Sharia Laws, the Constitution, and the Limits of Religious Freedom, Isabelle M. Canaan, Columbia Law School
  3. A Comparative Survey of Key Themes in White Supremacist and Anti-Muslim Hate Movement Ideologies, Alejandro J. Beutel/Stephen Piggott, University of Maryland START Center
  4. The Impact of Terrorist Attacks on (Anti-)Refugee Sentiment: Insights from two Natural Experiments, Arun Frey, University of Oxford

12:10pm – 1:20pm: Discussion Session

The Personal Toll from Researching Supremacist, Hateful or Violent Ideologies

IRMS Executive Director Alex DiBranco will facilitate a session discussing the mental and emotional toll of immersion in research that involves processing supremacist, hateful, or violent rhetoric and ideology. DiBranco was interviewed in 2019 an NPR article on the toll of reading misogynist rhetoric for research, the lack of support systems for this kind of work in academia, and finding spaces that can provide support and community. Joan Braune will present on Balancing Boundaries, Empathy, and Self/Community Care in Research on the Far-Right. Braune teaches philosophy at Gonzaga University, serves on the International Council of Experts for the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies, and has assisted community activist responses in Spokane, Washington to incidents involving fascist and far-right groups. Discussion from researchers about their challenges and strategies in doing this work is encouraged.

1:20pm – 2:30pm: Discussion and Q&A

Best Practices for Research on the Right-Wing and Supremacist Ideologies

Dr. Emily Carian will lead a session geared toward early career researchers discussing best practices for research on the right-wing and supremacist ideologies developed by the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism, from building a dissertation committee to conducting interviews with challenging subjects. Carian is an Assistant Professor at California State University, San Bernardino, a co-founder of IRMS, and runs the institute’s mentoring program. ECRs are encouraged to come prepared with questions to ask.

 


Thursday, August 6th


8:30am – 10:10am: Panel Presentations

Geographies of the Right

Chair: Ida Birkvad

Panelists:

  1. Justice Delayed is Assimilation Denied: Right-wing Terror and Immigrants’ Assimilation in Germany, Sumit S. Deole, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
  2. Right-wing Authoritarianism and the (Sub)urban Fringe / #(Sub)urbanfringe, Jason Luger, Northumbria University
  3. Spatial Heterogeneity in the Intergenerational Persistence of Political Behavior: The Case of Far-Right Support in Germany, Berenike Schott, Columbia University
  4. A Case Study of Adversarial Imaginaries in Canada, Stephen J. Neville, York University

10:20am – 12:00pm: Panel Presentations

Conflicts of Nationalism

Chair: Martina Avanza

Panelists:

  1. From Climate Denialism to Climate Nationalism: Religion, the Right, and Environmental Politics, Matthew Hartman, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
  2. The ‘Right’ Road to Pluralism: Canadian Fascism and the True Origins of Multiculturalism, Bàrbara Molas, York University
  3. America, Look at Spain!: The American Right and Francisco Franco, David Austin Walsh, Princeton University
  4. The Legacy of Golden Dawn: Its Rise and Fall as the Normalization of the Right-wing Politics in Greece, Dimitra Mareta, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

12:10pm – 1:40pm: Keynote Panel

The Far-Right in 2020: Supremacist and Authoritarian Mobilization in the United States and Europe

Speakers: Dr. Terri Givens and Dr. Lawrence Rosenthal

Moderator: Alex DiBranco

Dr. Terri Givens and Dr. Lawrence Rosenthal will speak to present-day white and male supremacist mobilization and discourses on the far-right in the United States and Europe, from the Boogaloo Bois and anti-lockdown protests to misogyny, racism, and anti-Semitism on college campuses. IRMS Executive Director Alex DiBranco will moderate.

Dr Terri Givens is the CEO and Founder of the Center for Higher Education Leadership. She is the author/editor of a many books and articles, including Legislating Equality: The Politics of Antidiscrimination Policy in Europe and Voting Radical Right in Western Europe. Her forthcoming book, Radical Empathy: Finding a Path to Bridging Racial Divides, is scheduled for publication in February 2021. Givens has written and given talks on subjects including Trumpism, populism, and centering racism in scholarship on the radical right in Europe. Follow her on Twitter @TerriGivens.

 

 

Dr. Lawrence Rosenthal is Chair of the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies. He has studied the Right in the United States and in Italy, and has taught at UC Berkeley in the Sociology and Italian Studies Departments and was a Fulbright Professor at the University of Naples. Rosenthal co-edited Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party and The New Nationalism and the First World War and is author of the forthcoming Empire of Resentment: Populism’s Toxic Embrace of Nationalism (New Press) that will be released September 8, 2020. His work has appeared in numerous publications including the Nation, the New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Foreign Policy, and many others.

 

2pm – 3:30pm PT

Closing Happy Hour

Join us in a virtual Zoom room for a final opportunity to be broken out into “tables” to chat informally with other conference participants!


For more information, please contact CRWS Graduate Student Coordinator, Alex DiBranco, alexdi@berkeley.edu

If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) in order to fully participate in this virtual event, please contact crws@berkeley.edu with as much advance notice as possible.

 

 
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