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Associate Professor Chris Allen

Email:  c.allen.2@bham.ac.uk Position(s):  Associate Professor, Centre for Hate Studies, University of Leicester. Honorary Research Fellow, University of Birmingham. Alumnus, John Adams Society. Fellow, International Visiting Leadership Programme, USA. Fellow, Royal Society of Arts. Specialist research areas: Islamophobia; anti-Muslim racism; anti-Islam ideologies of the far-right; counter-jihadi groups and movements; ‘Islamification’ and the problematisation of Muslim communities;… Continue reading “Associate Professor Chris Allen”

“Driving on the Right” – The Austrian Case

  This CARR Insight blog addresses the obvious shift to the right in the Austrian party landscape, and the acceptance of formerly taboo subjects and expressions in mainstream discourse. I refer to the latter as “normalization”. Such normalization goes hand in hand with a certain “shamelessness”: the limits of the sayable are shifting regarding both… Continue reading ““Driving on the Right” – The Austrian Case”

Norwegian radical right minister of justice steps down to avoid collapse of government

Overview The Norwegian right-wing government coalition was close to collapse in March 2018. The radical right Minister of Justice (including “Immigration and Preparedness”), Sylvi Listhaug, posted a Facebook social media status with a photo of a group of Islamist terrorists.  The accompanying caption attacked the Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet, AP) for being too lenient on suspected… Continue reading “Norwegian radical right minister of justice steps down to avoid collapse of government”

Not Even Pretty from a Distance: Rural Poland and the “Holocaust Law”

It seems that communist habits die hard, even amongst anti-communists: legislating to tell people what they may and may not say is currently back in fashion in Poland. Much has been written about the new law of 26 January 2018, which promises to prosecute those who identify Nazi death camps located in occupied Poland during… Continue reading “Not Even Pretty from a Distance: Rural Poland and the “Holocaust Law””

Escaping Ethnocentrism: The Radical Right in the Middle East and Africa

Until recently, radical right movements, which are often single-issue parties, were marginalized as a political group. Yet socio-economic conditions, especially those due to European Union expansion and mass immigration, provided radical right politicians the opportunity to increase both their visibility and popularity. Britain voting to leave the European Union in June 2016 and the power-sharing… Continue reading “Escaping Ethnocentrism: The Radical Right in the Middle East and Africa”

Oswald Mosley: From Radical Right to Fascist Ideologue

Sir Oswald Mosley’s adoption of fascism was greatly inspired by his ‘Italian adventure’ of 1932. In the early months of that year, Mosley travelled to Italy and was captivated by what he experienced there: purportedly successful reclamation schemes, which employed hundreds of thousands of men; and meetings with prominent Fascist officials, including Mussolini, who Mosley… Continue reading “Oswald Mosley: From Radical Right to Fascist Ideologue”

The Legacy of Italian Fascism: Not Coming to Terms with the Past

Italy’s myths about fascism are not just widespread, but dangerously wrong. Forlì is an ordinary kind of town, well off the tourist track, in the Emilia-Romagna region of northeast Italy. Its streets are quiet, and it boasts few of the architectural gems that characterize Italian cities. It is overshadowed by Ravenna to the south and… Continue reading “The Legacy of Italian Fascism: Not Coming to Terms with the Past”