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Racism, Antisemitism and the Revival of the Far-Right in ‘Post-Racial’ America: a Historical Perspective
Pears Institute Lunchtime Seminar

Speaker: Aaron Winter, University of East London

Venue: Birkbeck, University of London, Dreyfus Room (202), 26 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DQ

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The election of Donald Trump has seen a resurgence of the far-right and of wider racism, antisemitism and Islamophobia in the United States. This paper will add a historical perspective on these events by looking at the rise and fall of the far-right, how it has intersected with the mainstream and was defeated in each of its five eras: 1) post-civil war reconstruction, 2) nativism and fascism between the wars, 3) civil rights, 4) mainstreaming and 5) paramilitarization and Nazification. This history will be examined not only in the context of the resurgence under Trump, which drew on movements and ideologies of these eras (e.g. neo-confederate white supremacy of the first and third eras and antisemitic fascism and nazism of the second and fifth), but also in the context of debates about ‘post-racial’ America and about effective resistance and opposition to the far-right post-Charlottesville.

Dr. Aaron Winter is Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice in the School of Business and Law at the University of East London. He is a Trustee of the British Sociological Association (BSA), convener of the BSA Race and Ethnicity Study Group, coordinator of the Race, Ethnicity and Migration stream at the BSA Annual Conference and on the editorial board of the journal Sociological Research Online. He is an Expert Analyst for The Extremis Project and a member of the British Sociological Association, European Consortium for Political Research: Standing Group on Extremism and Democracy, Ethnic Minority Research Network in Criminology.

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