Di / 16:15 – 17:45

KWI on Tour: Paradoxical Right-Wing Sexual Politics in Europe

Book Panel and Discussion with the Editors

Judit Takács, KWI Fellow

Online (Zoom)

About „Paradoxical Right-Wing Sexual Politics in Europe“ (Palgrave Macmillan 2022)

How did the far-right hateful and anti-democratic ideologies become so successful in many societies in Europe? This volume analyses the paradoxical roles sexual politics have played in this process and reveals that the incoherence and untruthfulness in right-wing populist, ultraconservative and far-right rhetoric’s of fear are not necessarily signs of weakness. Instead, we show how the far right in government or in political opposition can profit from its own incoherence by generating fear and creating discourses of crisis for which they are ready to offer simple solutions. This strategy can also serve to disguise conflicts among far-right actors regarding religion and migration related issues. In studies on Poland, Hungary, Spain, Italy, Austria, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Portugal, France, Sweden and Russia, the ways far-right ideologies travel and take root are analysed from a multi-disciplinary perspective, including feminist and LGBTQI reactions. Understanding how hateful and antidemocratic ideologies enter the very centre of European societies is a necessary premise for developing successful counterstrategies. (Text: publisher)