Memory Politics of the Right in Europe and Beyond

Memory Politics of the Right in Europe and Beyond

Research Network on Transnational Memory and Identity in Europe (Council for European Studies)
United States
Vom - Bis
28.03.2018 - 30.03.2018
Jenny Wustenberg

The deadly confrontations between the far right and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia have put a spotlight on the memory politics of right-wing activists and politicians. These events not only set off a cascade of local governmental action in the United States to remove icons of the Confederacy, but led to countless comparisons - particularly with how the problematic figures and events of European history have been addressed (or not). With this mini-symposium, we seek to bring together scholars of all disciplines who study the ways in which right-wing movements and leaders use and understand the past. Contributions may be (but are not limited to) the following questions:
- What are the specific memory politics of various right-wing groups and individuals? What has been their origin and effect?
- What specific historical legacies are adopted as formative for a variety of right-wing actors?
- How do narratives about the past help to frame the identity of right-wing groups?
- How do the memory politics of right-wing actors compare across countries, regions or eras?
- What are appropriate methodologies that can be used to study right-wing memory politics?
- What have governmental, civic, intellectual, or cultural reactions been to right-wing memory politics?
- How do right-wing mnemonic strategies and arguments compare to those of memory actors of other political persuasions?
- What are the normative implications of right-wing memory politics?
Looking forward to your submissions! Please submit them by September 22nd: send an abstract (250 words) and short bio (no more than 200 words) - in one word file - to Jenny Wüstenberg (



Jenny Wüstenberg

York University, Toronto


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