• Karl Polanyi Center for Global Social Studies

The Rise of the Far Right in a Long Term Historical Perspective

7 p.m., September 21

Corvinus University of Budapest

1093 Budapest, Közraktár utca 4-6

C Building, Lecture room 510

Chair and Commentator​:

Margit Feischmidt

Margit Feischmidt is a social anthropologist. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Minority Studies at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She is also Associate Professor at the Department of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Pécs, Hungary. She holds a doctoral degree in European ethnology from Humboldt University for an ethnographic investigation of nationalism and ethnicity in the everyday life of a Transylvanian town. Among her most recent publications are an article on new forms of nationalism and its relation to racism and xenophobia: “Understanding the Rise of the Far Right from a Local Perspective. Structural and Cultural Conditions of Ethno-traditionalist Inclusion and Racial Exclusion in Rural Hungary” (co-author Kristóf Szombati), in Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, and “‘Rocking the Nation’: the Popular Culture of Neo-nationalism” in Nations and Nationalism.


Ádám Fábry

The Far Right in the Longue Durée: Capitals, Ideology and State Formations

Ádám Fábry is a historian, political economist and activist. He obtained his PhD from the Department of Politics and History, Brunel University, UK, and currently holds a postdoctoral research fellowship at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council CONICET), Argentina, where he researches on the comparative political economy of neoliberalism in Argentina and Hungary. He is the editor of From the Vanguards to the Margins: Workers, 1939 to the Present (Brill, 2014) and The Longue Durée of the Far Right: An International Historical Sociology (together with Richard Saull, Alexander Anievas and Neil Davidson - published by Routledge, 2015), and recent articles have been published in Capital & Class (forthcoming) and Eszmélet (2015). He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal for Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe(JCCEE) and also sits on the corresponding editorial board of Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory.

Balázs Trencsényi

The Political Discourse of the Radical Right in East-Central Europe: Continuities and Discontinuities

Balázs Trencsényi is a Professor at the History Department of Central European University, Budapest. His main field of interest is the history of modern political thought in East-Central Europe. Between 2008 and 2013, he was Principal Investigator of the ERC project, “Negotiating Modernity: History of Modern Political Thought in East Central Europe.” Among his recent publications are “The Politics of ‘National Character’: A Study in Interwar East European Thought” (Routledge, 2012), and “A History of Modern Political Thought in East-Central Europe.” Volume I: Negotiating Modernity in the “Long Nineteenth Century” (Oxford UP, 2016).

Texts for the presentations are available upon request. Please send email to: mendlyd@gmail.com The event is co-hosted by Eszmélet.

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