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Facets of extremism in a polycrisis world 
Antonia Jeflea (University of Tübingen)
Rares Mihai Jeflea (University of Tübingen)
Adrian Stoicescu (University of Bucharest)
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Thursday 25 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

This panel focuses on the answers the extremist speech constructs as fabricated solutions to the polycrisis world. To understand how these narratives are intertwined in different sociocultural spaces and their impact on societies, polycrisis can be used as a transdisciplinary theoretical framework.

Long Abstract:

In times marked by grievous emergencies, scientific knowledge is called upon to address the economic, social, and cultural crises our societies are facing. Analysing society through the ‘global polycrisis’ concept (Lawrence et al., 2022) could give us effective frameworks to understand the extent to which these crises interact with each other. For the anthropological toolkit, the polycrisis (Henig and Knight, 2023) is a novel theoretical lens that could generate a wide transdisciplinary discussion, especially in the contemporary political context.

In this uncertain ambience, ‘doing’ and ‘undoing’ identity becomes a crucial topic, and the rise of extremism in democratic societies is facilitated by the gradual degradation of humanity’s perspectives. How the ‘Other’ is demonized and how meaning, labelling and identity politics interfere with the cosmopolitan perception of the world (Nagata, 2001) poses a strenuous case for anthropology.

This panels seeks contributions which explore the answers the extremist speech envisages to offer as solutions to the polycrisis worlds in terms of creating the alterity sphere and providing alternative realities outside of the multiculturalist and pluralistic democratic societies.

Bringing to the foreground different sets of narratives from the extremist agenda and how these are intertwined throughout a variety of cultural spaces would lead to a better understanding of identity nowadays.

We welcome transdisciplinary papers with a focus on major European extremist movements providing an understanding of how the hate discourse prevails by being encompassed into fabricated solutions such as forms of national identity, de facto democracy, or stable economical situation for citizens.

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Session 1 Thursday 25 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Thursday 25 July, 2024, -