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CRWS Mini-Grant Recipient Hilary Lynd Uncovers Important History from South Africa's Transition to Democracy

During the course of my dissertation research, funded in part by a mini-grant from ISSI's Center for Right-Wing Studies in 2018, I stumbled upon an important untold story of South Africa’s transition to democracy. On the eve of the country’s first democratic elections in 1994, black and white right-wing formations were planning to boycott the elections. Had they done so, the cost in human lives would have been tremendous. The Zulu nationalist Inkatha Freedom Party was convinced to participate in elections due to the last-minute transfer of 2.8 million hectares of land to the Zulu King. Many have long suspected that such a deal took place, but my research has provided the first comprehensive account: names, dates, documents, linkages between Zulu politics and the Pretoria-based white minority government. A short version of this research appeared in the South African Mail & Guardian in August 2019.

- Hilary Lynd, PhD Candidate, History, UCB
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Call for Papers: Conference on Right-Wing Studies & Conference for Research on Male Supremacism

The Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies (CRWS) and the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism are pleased to announce a general call for papers for a joint conference. The 2nd annual Conference on Right-Wing Studies and Inaugural Conference for Research on Male Supremacism will take place August 5-6, 2020 in Berkeley, CA. Papers on all topics related to the Right as a social, political, or intellectual phenomenon from the 19th century to the present day are welcome, and in addition there will be a special conference track focused on the burgeoning area of research on male supremacism. Participants will have the rare opportunity to join an expanding network of scholars who conduct research on the right-wing and on male supremacism, facilitating the development of this interdisciplinary field and future collaborations that emerge from these connections. 

We invite proposals for panels and paper presentations from faculty, graduate students, independent scholars, and others whose work addresses the study of the Right. Individual paper proposals should consist of a title and 500-word abstract. Panel proposals should include a title and a 500-word panel abstract, as well as titles and brief abstracts for all papers; discussants and chairs are welcome, but not mandatory. Paper and panel proposals should be submitted hereBoth are due by February 10, 2020.

Questions? contact@theirms.org

FBI FOIA Archive of Radical Right-Wing Groups and Individuals now available

CRWS is pleased to announce a new resource for scholars of the right.  The FBI FOIA Archive of Radical Right-Wing Groups and Individuals contains over 40,000 scanned pages of FBI reports, correspondence, printed material, and newspaper articles pertaining to right-wing groups and individuals. These searchable PDF documents can now be accessed at CRWS. Read more about how to access the collection and download the finding aid here.

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.

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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.

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