Workshop: Moderate right-wing populism to right-wing extremism as a gendered phenomenon

The Research Group on Populism, Anti-gender and Democracy at the University of Stavanger and the Center for Research on Extremism co-organise an online workshop on gender dimensions of right-wing populism and extremism.

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Date: Thursday 18th of March 2021
Time: 10.00 –15:00
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A males hands infront of an open computyer screen. A woman in the back also on her computer.


10.00  Welcome remarks by Katrine Fangen

10.15  Keynote by Andrea Petö: Reproductive rights as battlefield in the new Cold War

10.45  Session 1: Broken sisterhood: women and right-wing populist parties

  • Far right women in India and North America, Eviane Leidig (MMF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society)
  • Broken sisterhood: the discourse of gender violence of women in far-right parties, Alberta Giorgi (University of Bergamo) and Enzo Loner (University of Trento)
  • Discussant: Katrine Fangen

12.00  Lunch break

13.00  Session 2: Right-wing mobilization

  • LGBTQ Pride and right-wing populism in Sweden: citizen safety, otherness and discourses on nationhood in Sweden, Olu Jenzen (University of Brighton)
  • Men’s rights activism in Turkey and Norway and its impact on the anti-gender political development, Hande Eslen-Ziya (University of Stavanger) and Margunn Bjørnholt (Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies)
  • Discussant: Inger Skjelsbæk

13.45  Session 3: Gendering 

  • Gendered images of us and them in anti-Islamic Facebook groups, Katrine Fangen (University of Oslo, Department of Sociology and Human Geography)
  • Hopes and misguided expectations: How policy documents frame gender in efforts at preventing terrorism and violent extremism, Inger Skjelsbæk (University of Oslo), Julie Marie Hansen (PRIO) and Jenny Lorentzen (Lund University)
  • Gendered perceptions of personality traits, policy stereotypes and support for right-wing populist parties, T. Murat Yildirim (University of Stavanger) and Alper T. Bulut (Karadeniz Technical University)
  • Discussant: Hande Eslen-Ziya

14.30  Coffee break 

14.45  Roundtable about the special issue with Katrine Fangen, Inger Skjelsbæk and Hande Eslen-Ziya

15.00  End of programme

Short bio of presenters

Margunn Bjørnholt is a sociologist and economist. She is a Research Professor at the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies. Her research focuses on gender-based violence, migration, gender equality, men and masculinities, and policy studies.

Alper T. Bulut is an Associate Professor of political science at Karadeniz Technical University. His research focuses on political parties, legislative agenda-setting, and policy responsiveness and has appeared in such journals as Comparative Politics, Democratization, Electoral Studies, Party Politics, Political Research Quarterly, among others, as well as in a recent monograph (Palgrave Macmillan 2020).

Hande Eslen-Ziya is Professor of Sociology at the University of Stavanger and director of the Populism, Anti-Gender and Democracy Research Group at the same institution She has an established interest in gender and social inequalities, transnational organizations and social activism, and has a substantial portfolio of research in this field. Currently she co-edited the book titled The Aesthetics of Global Protest: Visual Culture and Communication published at Amsterdam University Press. Eslen-Ziya is the Co-I of Covid-19 project “Fighting pandemics with enhanced risk communication: Messages, compliance and vulnerability during the COVID-19 outbreak” funded by the Norwegian Research Council (2020-2022).

Katrine Fangen is a professor in sociology at the University of Oslo and the thematic leader of the ‘Gender and Extremism’ and ‘Ideology and Identity’ research areas at the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo. She has written numerous articles and books on the far right. In addition, her research has focused more broadly on nationalism and national identity, right wing populism, migration, and qualitative methodology. She was the project leader of the EU funded project EUMARGINS: On the margins of the European Community – on social inclusion and exclusion of young adult immigrants in seven European countries. Other recent project she has participated in are “Negotiating the NATION” and currently “Reaching out to close the border: The transnationalization of anti-immigrant movements in Europe” (focusing on five different European countries). Fangen chairs the Norwegian case study of this project.

Alberta Giorgi is senior lecturer in Sociology at the University of Bergamo, vice-chair of the research network political sociology (European Sociological Association). Her research focuses on the intersections of religion, gender, and politics.

Julie Marie Hansen is a Doctoral Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and doctoral candidate at the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Oslo. She is also the Coordinator of the PRIO Media Research Group. Her PhD research focuses on the role of digital technology in armed conflict and peacebuilding, with a focus on the impact of social media on sexual and gender-based violence in Myanmar. She holds an MSc in International Development Studies from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

Dr Olu Jenzen is a Reader in Media Studies at the University of Brighton and the Director of the Research Centre for Transforming Sexuality and Gender. Her research ranges over different themes in critical social media studies with a particular interest in the aesthetics of protest, LGBTQ activism and popular culture. She has published in journals such as Gender, Place and CultureConvergence and Social Movement Studies and is the co-editor of The Aesthetics of Protest: Global Visual Culture and Communication, Amsterdam UP, 2019.

Eviane Leidig is a postdoctoral researcher on the INTERSECT project, a Research Council of Norway funded grant in collaboration with C-REX.  Leidig is also Head of Publishing at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR), and an Associate Fellow at the Global Network on Extremism & Technology (GNET). She is a co-founder and co-editor of the new Manchester University Press book series 'Global Studies of the Far Right'. Leidig received her PhD in sociology from the University of Oslo, funded by C-REX for the duration of her PhD. Her doctoral dissertation traced transnational connections of the far right between India and the West, particularly through Indian diaspora supporters of Brexit and Trump in the UK and US. An outward facing researcher, Leidig regularly contributes to international media outlets and consults for policymakers and civil society organisations.  

Enzo Loner, University of Trento, sociologist, works on methods of data collection and analysis (particularly text-mining, digital discourse analysis, discourse analysis). His research includes social participation, political sociology and new technologies.

Jenny Lorentzen is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science, Lund University, Sweden, and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Her PhD thesis titled ‘Normative Encounters between the “Global” and the “Local”: Women, Peace and Security in Mali and Rwanda’ (2020), explores the processes involved when global gender equality norms embedded in the Women, Peace and Security agenda are promoted in societies transitioning from war to peace. 

Inger Skjelsbæk is Professor in gender studies at the Center for Gender Studies (STK) and Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo. She is also Research Professor in peace and conflict at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). She holds a PhD in political psychology from the Norwegian University of Technology and Science and has been a guest researcher at University of California, Berkeley and at the London School of Economics. Her research has focused on the aftermath for survivors of conflict related sexual violence and affected communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and on perpetrators of conflict related sexual violence from Bosnia sentenced at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). She is the author of inter alia the monograph The Political Psychology of War Rape (Routledge, 2012) and the co-editor of the forthcoming publication Gender Equality and Nation Branding in the Nordic Region (Routledge, 2021), in addition to a series of international articles and book chapters focusing on gender, political violence, the Balkans, political psychology and methodology.

T. Murat Yildirim is an Associate Professor of political science at the University of Stavanger. His research focuses on politics of representation and gender politics and has appeared or is forthcoming in various journals including Journal of European Public Policy, International Political Science Review, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Party Politics, Policy Studies Journal, Political Research Quarterly, as well as in a recent monograph (Palgrave Macmillan 2020).