Karlsruhe Dialouges 2009
Right Outside: Right-wing extremism in Europe today
6th-8th February 2009
In 2009, the Karlsruhe Dialogues will address the topic of right-wing extremism, which poses a problem in Europe and other parts of the world that should not be underestimated. Rightist extremists have established themselves in European societies – be it as a political party, as a social movement or sub-cultural milieu. Over the past years, there has been a Europeanization and internationalisation of rightist extremist movements, whereas the concept of “right-wing extremism”, due to historical contexts, is defined differently in every country. The visible increase of racism and xenophobia in some countries such as France, Italy, Belgium or the Netherlands shows that this is not solely a German historical matter. Even the European Parliament is infiltrated by rightist extremist tendencies and delegates, which could go so far as to lead to a defamation on the institutional level of efforts for integration and the concept of a multicultural society.
For the congress, where scientists from various specialized fields discuss the theme with politicians, and where contemporary witnesses bring in their very personal experiences, we shall concentrate on a number of the following subjects:
- Right-wing extremism as a challenge for Europe, European networks of rightist movements, differences and similarities in EU countries
- Role of the European Union: Relevance of the EU expansion, right-wing delegates in the EU parliament
- Causes of and measures against right-wing extremism
- Rights of rightists, banning of political parties
- Extremism of the centre, infiltrating processes
- Recruiting methods
- Rightist sub- and youth culture (music, etc.)
- Sports (most notably football) as a breeding ground for the formation of rightist extremist networks
In the case of sufficient interest of the speakers we shall publish all papers and discussions. Additionally, the Karlsruhe Dialogues will include cultural activities contrasting the speeches and discussion rounds, and will bring in further aspects from the artistic view. In cooperation with the television station ARTE and the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, this year’s topic will be explored in a film night as well as in a scenic reading in the Karlsruhe State Theatre.
It is our intention to discuss this subject at a high scientific level. At the same time we shall implement an approach of civil participation by presenting papers in an understandable language. With the concept outlined above, the event can become a “think tank” and may be able to generate new ideas.
Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha
Ina Scholl M.A.
Sigrid M. Peters M.A.