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The workshop aims to explore the far-right digital memory activism as well as its actors, cultural forms, and digital platforms and to open the space for new theoretical and methodological conceptualizations. The workshop is funded by the Collaborative Research Centre 1199 "Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition" and the InRa study "Institutions & Racism" (funded by the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Home Affairs).

The workshop “Far-right Memory in Digital Age” addresses the conjunction of far-right and digital media in memory production. For a long time, various disciplines have focused on far-right groups due to their radical ideology, racism, violence, and threat to democracy. Their memory practices, on the other hand, have been largely ignored. This workshop attempts to shed more light on far-right digital memory activism.

For decades, research on collective memory has focused on the tensions between liberal, human-rights memory, and illiberal memory projects, contrasting national amnesia regarding the criminal past with requests to foster a self-critical human-rights memory. The role of far-right actors has remained underresearched. At the same time, there is increasing evidence that the state actors fostering illiberal memory often operate together with far-right communities. The far right promotes violence by celebrating genocide and ethnic cleansing campaigns from the past while turning fascists, war criminals, and terrorists into its heroes. The ideology of the far right, based on radical ethnonationalism, racism, xenophobia, misogyny, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia, is perpetuated and justified through the creation of new memory.

Contrary to disciplines like history, sociology, and political sciences—which have closely focused on the far-right, its history, organization, and ideology—memory studies have long ignored the far right and its memory practices. Far-right memory activism has become even more pertinent with the rise of digital media, which has provided additional opportunities for far-right mobilization and activism. The conjunction of far-right and digital media in memory production poses a whole set of questions about this new kind of memory as well as its characteristics, operation, and effects.

Please contact Dr. Katarina Ristic for further details and questions regarding the workshop.

Programme of the workshop

Thursday, 8 June 2023


17:00 | Arrival of Participants and registration

17:30 | Oliver Decker (Leipzig University): Opening

17:45 | Katarina Ristić (Leipzig University): Welcome

18:00 | Anna Wagner (Bielefeld University) and Christian Schwarzenegger (University of Bremen)
The past as a laughing stock and battleground. Humor, memory and far-right revisionism in the digital age

20:00 | Dinner


Friday, 9 June 2023

8:30 - 9:00 | Morning Coffee

9:00 | Katarina Ristić, (Leipzig University)
Far-right or Fascist Memory? 


Panel I 10:00–12:00 Far-right Memory Politics

  • Ned Richardson-Little (University Erfurt)
    Far-right anniversary politics and social media: The Alternative for Germany’s contestation of the East German past on Twitter
  • Feeza Vasudeva (University of Helsinki)
    Ressentiment, Affective Memory and Right-Wing Politics Misinformation in India
  • Jazmine Contreras (Goucher College)
    Memory across Digital Borders: Forum for Democracy (Netherland) and the Spread of Conspiracy Theories on YouTube

12:00–13:30 | Lunch


Panel II 13:30–15:30 Far-right Memory of WWII

  • Andreas Dafnos & Timothy Williams (University of the Bundeswehr Munich)
    Holocaust memory in the digital far right
  • Adina Marincea (Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania)
    Taking Stock of a Fascist Centenary: Mapping Romanian Far-right Memory Production in the Digital Age
  • Anastasiya Pshenychnykh, Sabina Mihelj and Alena Pfoser (Loughborough University)
    Digital Memory Wars over Monuments on Ukrainian and Crimean Telegram Channels

15:30–16:00 | Coffee break


Panel III 16:00–18:00 Far-right Violence, Perpetrators and Memory

  • Phillip Stenmann Baun (Aarhus University)
    Far-right memory: the case of Christchurch shooter
  • Fatih Bahadir Kaya (Ruhr University of Bochum)
    What is beyond the so-called Psychosis of the Far-right Memory in Digital Age out of the example of the Far-right extremist from Hanau
  • Nicolás Alberto López Pérez (Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy)
    De-archiving the Perpetrators: 50 years after the Coup d’état in Chile

20:00 | Dinner


Saturday, 10 June 2023

8:30–9:00 | Morning Coffee

Panel IV 9:00–12:00 Memory wars in digital age

  • Johanna Maj Schmidt (Leipzig University)
    Fake History Memes in Honour of Meme Warriors – Historiography and Heroes in the Context of the Great Meme War
  • Andreas Niegl (University of Kassel)
    From Kekistan to Hyperborea: Meme Metapolitics And The Traditionalist Reactionary Imaginary
  • Dana Dolghin (University of Amsterdam)
    Nostalgia and loss in digital community: #Tradwives
  • Hanna-Sophie Ruess (University of Augsburg), Anna Wagner (Bielefeld University), Michael Johann (University of Augsburg), and Christian Schwarzenegger (University of Bremen)
    Deformed, Devalued and Distorted: Transfigurations of Memory in Far-Right Commemorative Populism

12:00–13:00 | Lunch

Panel V 13:00–14:00 Round table discussion

Methodological and Theoretical Considerations for research on far-right memory in digital age

14:00–15:00 | Coffee Farwell