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An Exploration of Female Right-Wing-Extremism in Germany

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A biographical and family-historical perspective on female right-wing-extremism in Germany

Professor Michaela Köttig, University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt (Germany)

Since the beginning of the 1990s, attacks by right-wing elements on refugees and migrants in Germany have become increasingly frequent. As elsewhere in the world, refugees and migrants have been used the far-right as a means to rationalise their nationalist agenda. Media and academic research reports about right wing extremism in Germany so far have focus primarily on young men. This presentation, using a biographical case study, will outline the participation of young women in the right-wing movement in Germany; focusing also on the strategy of the right wing groups infiltrating public organizations and spaces.

Michaela Köttig is professor of communication, communication techniques, and conflict management at the University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt, Germany. Her research focusses on female right-wing extremism, (forced) migration and radicalization in Germany. She is the vice president of the Research Committee on Biography and Society (RC 38) at the International Sociological Association (ISA) and the President of the Scientific Association of Social Work in Germany. She is currently on a sabbatical and the Guest of the School of Social Sciences.

Save the date - Upcoming Events in the Forced Migration Research Network Seminar Series for Semester 1:

21-31 August – Several events w/ Distinguished Visiting Fellow Dr Fadma Ait Mous, Assistant Professor at Ain Chock Faculty of Letters and the Humanities and Research Coordinator at the Moroccan Center of Social Sciences, University Hassan II of Casablanca.

In addition to an invited seminar on the 22nd August and a public lecture on the 31st, she will be leading a PhD workshop on the 21st August, for up to 12 selected participants (and others may take part as observers). In preparation for this, we are inviting PhD students (and Masters by Research students), to submit Expressions of Interest for inclusion in the workshop. On the day, successful applicants will be asked to present for up to 10 minutes to their peers and to Dr Ait Mous and a small group of other academics for feedback and advice.

If you are an Honours or 4th year student with a particular interest in undertaking a PhD in any of these fields of interest – you are also welcome to submit an EoI. It is hoped that this will be a truly interdisciplinary and cross-Faculty event, speaking to shared themes and interests, such as nationalism and social movements, gender and socio-political transformations, history and memory, youth cultures, social media and migration, North Africa.

If you would like to be involved please send us a 500 word expression of interest, with 300 words on your research and 200 words about yourself and your scholarship/ wider interests.

Contact: charlotte.bell@unsw.edu.au

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