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Parliamentary Discourse on Right-wing Extremism in Austria Since 1999

Date: 11/15/2012

Time: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Location: 710 Social Sciences

Cost: Free

Description:

Please join us for this lecture presented by Matthias Falter.

Matthias Falter was Junior Researcher and Lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna from 2008 until August 2012. This year he is BMWF Doctoral Research Fellow in the Center for Austrian Studies at the University of Minnesota. His main research fields are Austrian Politics, antisemitism and racism, and Political Theory. In his dissertation project, Matthias Falter examines the parliamentary discourse on right-wing extremism in Austria since 1999 and underlying ideas and concepts of politics and community. 

With regard to the National Socialist past and to current political tendencies as well, right-wing extremism still is an emotionally charged and highly contested issue in the Austrian public. Whereas public discourses dealing with the Austrian past have been examined thoroughly, the perception and discursive negotiation of right-wing extremist tendencies has barely been an object of research. Yet, the analysis of parliamentary discourse on right-wing extremism provides important insights into discursive struggles and political culture in general, not least because it is also engaging with the right-wing extremist Freedom Party as political opponent and/or potential coalition partner. In his lecture, Matthias Falter will analyze the parliamentary negotiation of right-wing extremism in Austria and outline different discursive strategies of engaged problematization on the one hand and displacement or downplaying the issue on the other hand.

Contact:

  • Name: Center for Austrian Studies
  • E-mail: casahy@umn.edu
  • Sponsored by: Austrian Studies, Global Studies

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the Center for Austrian Studies at 612-624-9007.

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