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LIFETIMES: 29/04/22 – Cathrine Thorleifsson – “Fascism, Fast and Slow: Making Eternity in the Age of Virality”

April 29 @ 2:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Dear Lifetimers and friends,

We are happy to invite you to the next installment in our LIFETIMES symposium series, exploring timelines and temporalities. This time we will be hearing from Cathrine Thorleifsson, researcher at C-REX – the Center for Research on Extremism at the Faculty of Social Sciences here at the university. Here is her abstract for the project she will be presenting on.

“The paper examines the ways in which Hungarian far right actors deploy the past to propagate radical nationalism. Based on fieldwork amongst Jobbik politicians and supporters, I suggest that myth-making and memories are integral to far right mobilization practices and electoral success. Examining three ways in which Jobbik mobilise the past, I demonstrate how the party set the conditions for an interpretation of a victimized and bereaved nation that require heroic defense against new perceived threats. Hungary is presented as an eternal victim of outside forces in urgent need of strong protection. Guiding their affective politics of fear is the logic of a historically and presently endangered nation that required a strengthening of ethno-nationalist values. Through a facist remixing of temporalities, Jobbik presents themselves as the true righteous defender of an eternal moral order and a nation endangered by liberalism, fast capitalism and diversity. ”

With recent elections in Hungary, Slovenia, and France these questions are as relevant as ever, let us all give Cathrine a warm welcome this friday.

The event will be take place in room 489 in P.A. Munchs hus at the University campus Blindern, this Friday 29 April, 14.15-16.00.
Well met!

Bård Solås
Project Coordinator


University of Oslo


April 29
2:15 pm - 4:00 pm