This call for proposals has ended.
Right-wing terrorism is on the rise in the West, from El Paso, Texas, to Christchurch, New Zealand. Of the five deadliest years for extremist violence in the US since 1970, three have occurred in the past decade, and many of the perpetrators of these acts of violence have broadcast their actions or ideology online to increasingly large audiences. But for 30 years or more, terrorism studies focused almost exclusively on leftist groups; in more recent times its focus has narrowed to jihadi terrorism. Less is known about the processes driving right-wing extremism—white nationalism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, virulent misogyny, etc.—or the distinct mechanisms by which they may occur online.
Concerns over extremism online have arisen at a time of major academic uncertainty about media habits and effects. The rise of smartphones, apps, and platforms has changed media habits—e.g., how we read the news or engage in online debate—as well as the state of information diversity. And while it is clear that right-wing extremists exploit social media for political purposes, the extent to which they were radicalized online is far less certain.
In order to effectively confront extreme right radicalization, we must first expand the available academic scholarship on this and related topics. It is in this context that the Media & Democracy program at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) convened a remote series of interdisciplinary research development workshops in the summer of 2020.
Media & Democracy research development workshops give participants the opportunity to receive in-depth feedback from their peers on in-progress research, to give feedback to other workshop participants, and to meet fellow scholars working on similar topics from across disciplines. Learn more about past workshops and current opportunities on our Media & Democracy page.
Professor of International Security
Dublin City University
Associate Professor of Communication Studies
The following were accepted into the workshop:
Associate Professor of Media and Communication Studies
Paper: “On frogs, Holocaust LOLs and execution memes: Exploring the humor-hate nexus at the intersection of neo-Nazi and Alt-Right movements in Sweden”
Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies
Paper: “Violent Spectating: Hindu Right-Wing Extremism and Audio-visualizations of Hate and Terror in Digital India”
(Co-author: Dana Coester)
Professor of Visual Communication and New Media
West Virginia University
Paper: “Hiding in Plain Sight: Online vectors of white supremacist influence and recruitment of adolescent white males in Appalachia”
PhD Candidate, Sociology
Paper: “Male Supremacist Mobilization Online: Frameworks, Radicalization, and Violence”
(Co-author: Joan Donovan)
Senior Researcher, Technology and Social Change Research Project
Paper: “Manifestos, Livestreams, and Communities of Radicalization”
Assistant Professor of Media Studies
University of Groningen
Paper: “Platform Racism and the Governance of Right-Wing Extremism”
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Paper: “What Real Is: The Rhetoric and Relations of Alternative Influence”
PhD Candidate, Information, Communication, and the Social Sciences
University of Oxford
Paper: “Seeing white: Anti-racist speech and white racial reactions on YouTube”
(Co-author: Benjamin Clancy)
Assistant Professor of Communication
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Paper: “Radicalization: A Review of the Literature”
Assistant Professor of Media Studies
University of Virginia
Paper: “From Misinformation to Extremism: How WhatsApp Is Affording Radicalization in Brazil”
Professor of Sociology
Florida State University
Paper: "Cultures of Extremism? Online Discussions during the 2018 Midterm Election Cycle"
Professor of Computer Science
Paper: “Mapping the Radical Right Podcast and Streaming Network”
(Co-author: Ayse Lokmanoglu)
Assistant Professor of Terrorism and Political Violence
Paper: “Hatred, She Wrote: An Analysis of the Extreme Right and Islamic State Women’s Only Forum”