Breakfast Forum

Right-wing extremists during the pandemic

27 apr 2021 08:30 09:30 ENG

Hilmar Mjelde (NORCE), Lars Erik Berntzen (UiB) and Cathrine Thorleifsson (UiO).

How have right-wing extremists mobilized since the outbreak of the corona pandemic?

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In this seminar, the panel will talk about right-wing extremist actors in Western Europe and discuss how their mobilization has changed since the world experienced the corona pandemic. They will look at how propaganda, enemy images, and recruitment processes have changed due to the pandemic. 

What role do conspiracy theories play in this situation? What new alliances are formed in connection with vaccine opponents and far-right groups? And how do right-wing extremists recruit on social media when people spend more time in front of the screen?


Hilmar Mjelde is a political scientist with a doctorate in comparative politics and works as a researcher at NORCE. His areas of expertise include the far-right, radicalization, political parties, and the immigration debate in media. 

Lars Erik Berntzen is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bergen, and an affiliated researcher at the Center for Research on Extremism at the University of Oslo. Berntzen works on political violence, far-right activism, and affective polarization in Western Europe. 

Cathrine Thorleifsson is a researcher at the Center for Research on Extremism at the University of Oslo. Thorleifsson holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology and political science, where here research interest is the anthropological study of the far-right, radicalization, nationalism, migration, and racism.


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