Far-Right Anti-Immigrant Movements and Counter Actions in Europe

Monday, 11 July 2016: 14:15-15:45
Location: Hörsaal 31 (Main Building)
RC05 Racism, Nationalism and Ethnic Relations (host committee)

Language: English

Over the past 50 years, different European States have witnessed an arising and strengthening of far-right parties and movements within their societies. Different counter-movements have emerged in reaction to these developments, oftentimes on the level of civil society, for example through the creation of associations engaged in anti-racism or refugee movements. The electoral scores of the far-right parties within the European Union in 2014 and actual anti-immigrant and anti-Islam movements in different European countries make this issue particularly topical in our present societies. 
This joint session between RC05 and RN35 “Sociology of Migration” of the European Sociological Association calls for contributions that will discuss the following questions: How do dominant discourses across Europe relate to the everyday life of migrants and non-migrants? What are the impacts of far-right anti-immigrant movements and counter-actions to them on the political field (on national, regional, local and European levels), and on daily experiences of migrants and non-migrants in immigration societies? Which experiences lead to an engagement in one of those actions? 
Session Organizer:
Helma LUTZ, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Normalising Xenophobia and Cosmopolitan Justice: The New Meaning of Populism in Europe
Ulrike VIETEN, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland; Scott POYNTING, University of Auckland, New Zealand