Far Right and Extremism Virtual Workshop


  • Tarihler: 11 – 11 Haz, 2020
EXTREMISM-INS

 

ISTANBUL SABAHATTIN ZAIM UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences &
 IIIT UK


OPENING REMARKS

Ömer Çaha (Moderator- İstanbul Sabahattin Zaim University)

14:00 – Mehmet Bulut (Rector- İstanbul Sabahattin Zaim University)
14:10 – Anas al Shaikh Ali (IIIT Academic Advisor, and London Office Director)

1st SESSION - FAR RIGHT AND EXTREMISM IN THE WEST

14:20 – Matthew Feldman (Director, Center for Analysis of the Far Right)
“100 years of Nazism”
14:40 – Question&Answer/ Discussion
15:10 – Cynthia Miller-Idriss (American University)
“Trends and Developments in Global Far Right Extremism”
15:30 – Q&A / Discussion

16:00 – Break

2nd SESSION – RADICALISM IN THE MUSLIM SOCIETIES AS A SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PROCESS

16: 30 – Talip Küçükcan (Marmara University)
“Varieties of Radicalism in Muslim societies as a Social and Political Phenomenon”
16:50 – Q&A /Discussion
17: 20 – Ziauddin Sardar (Centre for Postnormal Policy and Future Studies)
“Far Right and the New Normal”
17: 40 – Q&A
18:00 – General Discussion and Closing

 

WORKSHOP CONCEPT PAPER
ISTANBUL SABAHATTIN ZAIM UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences &
 IIIT UK

 

Far-right movements have presented themselves as bulwarks against religious, ethnic, and other cultural minority groups, especially targeting Muslim immigrants and refugees in the last two decades. These movements have promoted violence and extremist rhetoric to oppose various minorities. The rise of far-right movements as a dangerous social and militant force, motivated by an ideology of white supremacy, has led to the shift of an anti-immigration populist agenda on the political spectrum from the margins towards the mainstream. This clearly poses an acute challenge for everyone who cares about pluralism and diversity. The 2011 Norway massacre by Anders Breivik, the Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand, and attacks on Jews and synagogues in the US in 2019 show us that the challenge is not limited to Muslims and those living in Europe.

Compared with the first decade of the millennium, the 2010s brought an increase in the votes of almost all far-right and right-wing populist parties in national elections in Europe and in the European Parliament elections.  All far-right movements have a common anti-Muslim platform/political stance. Frequent attempts at legitimizing Islamophobia promoted by far-right groups occur through various means ranging from think-tanks to newspapers. Moreover, centrist political parties on the left and right, fearful of losing power in elections, lean towards populist rhetoric and policies. Additionally, the risk of the rise of counter movements and extremism among Muslim communities in response to far-right movements is evident. Hence, it is vital to generate research questions, projects and educational and policy perspectives to address this globally increasing threat.

International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) and Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University (IZU) are organizing a workshop seeking to contribute to the academic debate and research on the rise of far-right movements and right-wing populism. The workshop will bring together researchers from different disciplines to identify and analyse the key forces driving far-right movements, their changing messages, their critical significance in Europe and North America, the vital role of the internet and social media in allowing  their messages to reach a global audience. The workshop will also discuss the effects and ramifications of these movements on Muslims and Muslim societies. The aims of the workshop are fivefold: (1) to identify and understand the factors and issues that contribute to rise of far-right movements, (2) to discuss how Muslims should respond to challenges arising from the rise of these movements, (3) to contribute to policy debates by discussing the effectiveness of alternative policy proposals to counter proliferation of hate, intolerance, and xenophobia all over the world, (4) to create a network of scholars to collaborate in the direction of a steady and effective/practical impact, and (5) to formulate a plan to work on the issue and develop a sustainable research project.