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Larry Rosenthal - How nationalism became international

CRWS Chair Larry Rosenthal explains how nationalism became international in the SF Chronicle: "Othering has a built-in connection with identity formation. Defined sociologically, othering is the process of casting a group, or individual, or an object into the role of the Other and establishing one’s own identity through opposition to and, frequently, vilification of this Other. This is the crucial difference in identity formation that distinguishes current populist nationalism from the nationalisms of the interwar years of the 20th century. With a common Other you get a common identity. With a common identity you have the makings of a Nationalist International." Read more here.


Right-Wing Studies Conference - In The News

From April 25-27, the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies held its Inaugural Conference on Right-Wing Studies.  Over 200 people gathered to hear more than 90 scholars from 8 countries and 4 regions of the world present new and emergent research on a wide range of topics. In addition to the keynote panel and 18 other panels, there was also a film screening and discussion of “Documenting Hate: Charlottesville.”  Many of the papers presented at the conference will be added to the Center’s open access eScholarship Repository site in the coming weeks.  Read more about the conference and some of its presenters in this Berkeleyan news article and in Maik Fielitz's report on the conference here.

Anatomy of Illiberal States

Dr. Alina Polyakova, a former CRWS Graduate Fellow and now a Foreign Policy Fellow at Brookings, has published a new report with colleagues entitled, "The Anatomy of Illiberal States: Assessing and responding to democratic decline in Turkey and Central Europe." The report "analyzes the illiberal toolkit--a set of tools, tactics, and practices used by forces in power to roll back checks and balances." Read more here.

Conference on Right-Wing Studies: April 25-27, 2019

CRWS is pleased to host the Inaugural Conference on Right-Wing Studies. This interdisciplinary conference will feature dozens of new and established scholars from around the world whose work deals with the Right as a social, political, and/or intellectual phenomenon from the 19th century to the present day.  Read more about the conference here.

Mini-grants for Right-Wing Studies

The Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies invites UC Berkeley graduate and undergraduate students to apply for small grants to assist with the development of student research projects on issues related to right-wing movements in the U.S. or other regions of the world. Applications are due on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 4pm. Application and more details are available here.

Counterdemonstrators at alt-right rally in Washington DC.

CRWS Chair Lawrence Rosenthal quoted in the New York Times

In this recent front-page New York Times article on the state of the White Supremacist Movement, Rosenthal says "It was a dead-enders event from the get-go, meaning that Charlottesville a year ago had an intention and agenda, and both failed."




CRWS Featured In the News

"Our mission is scholarship." Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies brings an academic lens to right-wing movements. Read more here.

New study shows status threat, not economic hardship explains 2016 Vote

A new study by Diana Mutz, Professor of Political Science and Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, suggests that fear of losing status, rather than economic anxiety or anger over the past, explains why white, Christian, male voters turned to Trump in the 2016 election. Read more here.

Italy's elections reflect forces that gave us President Trump

"The sources of populist support in Italy will sound familiar to American ears, if in a somewhat different, Italian, key." CRWS Chair Lawrence Rosenthal comments on the Italian elections for the San Francisco Chronicle. Read more here. 

U.S. Sanctions Russians for Election Interference and Cyberattacks

On Thursday, March 15, the White House imposed new sanctions on Russian entities and individuals for election interference and cyberattacks. Dr. Alina Polyakova, who is a Fellow at the Brookings Institution's Center on the U.S. and Europe and a former CRWS Graduate Fellow, discusses U.S. sanctions against Russia on KQED's Forum.  Listen here.


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