Karlsruhe Dialogues 2009

Right-Wing Extremism in Europe today



Friday, 6th February 2009 


Welcome addresses
Thomas Renner
Chairman of the Sparda-Bank Baden-Württemberg eG 
Heinz Fenrich
Lord Mayor of the city of Karlsruhe
Prof. Dr. Horst Hippler
President of the Universität Karlsruhe (TH),
Board member of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH

Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha
Director of the Centre for Cultural and General Studies

Opening speech
Right-Wing Extremism in Europe:
Social Developments and Misanthropic Mindsets

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Heitmeyer
Professor of Socialisation and Director of the Institute for interdisciplinary
Research on Conflict and Violence, Bielefeld University

Music programme 



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Saturday, 7th February 2009 

9:30 a.m.

Welcome adresses
Bernd Bechtold
President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry KarlsruheProf. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha
Director of the Centre for Cultural and General Studies 

Varieties of Right-Wing Extremism in Europe
Prof. Dr. David Art (USA/Italy)
Department of Political Science, Tufts University Medford/Massachusetts,
Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence

History as Propaganda. Strategies of Commemoration
within German Right-Wing Extremism

Dr. Michael Kohlstruck
Head of the working group Youth Violence and Right-Wing Extremism,
Center for Research on Antisemitism, Technical University of Berlin

Modern Right-Wing Extremism: A Challenge for
Prevention and Political Education

Dr. Rudolf van Hüllen
Political scientist, lecturer and freelance researcher of extremism, former Head
of Division at the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Cologne

Right-Wing Extremism and the Centre of Society
Prof. Dr. Birgit Rommelspacher
Professor for Psychology (focus on interculturalism and gender),
Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences, Berlin

The Radical Right in Europe: Structure, Trends and Counter Strategiesategien
Britta Schellenberg M.A.
Centre for Applied Policy Research (C·A·P), Ludwig Maximilians University Munich 

12:30 p.m. Lunch break

Extreme Right Voting in Belgium and Some Limited International Comparisons
Prof. Dr. Marc Swyngedouw (Belgium/France)
Chairman of the Centre for Sociological Research (CeSO) and Director of the Institute of Social and Political Opinion Research (ISPO), University of
Leuven, Visiting Professor at Sciences Po Lille, France

The ‘Front National’. An International Comparison
Prof. Dr. Jean-Yves Camus (France)
Professor for Political Science, Institute for Jewish Studies Elie Wiesel
and Institute for International and Strategic Relations (IRIS), Paris

The ‘British National Party’: Change and Continuity
on the British Extreme Right

Dr. Matthew Goodwin (Great Britain)
Institute for Political and Economic Governance (IPEG), University of Manchester

Xenophobia and Radical Right-Wing Populism: A Vicious Circle?
Prof. Dr. Jens Rydgren (Sweden)
Department of Sociology, Stockholm University

Between (Anti-)Sexism and Racial Thinking. Women and Images of Women in the Right-Wing Extremist Scene
Dr. Renate Bitzan
Social scientist and co-founder of the research network Women and
Right-Wing Extremism

“I want to feel at ease in my home“. Everyday Life of Families of Right-Wing Youths
Dr. Reiner Becker
Institute for Educational Science, Philipps University Marburg

Right-Wing Extremism as a World of Experience. Misanthropy with Entertainment Value
Dr. Thomas Pfeiffer
Department for the Protection of the Constitution at the Ministry
of the Interior North Rhine-Westphalia, Assistant Lecturer for Political
Science, Ruhr University Bochum

Attack from the Right-Wing: How the NPD and Comrades Use Football as a Strategic Tool
Ronny Blaschke M.A.
Freelance sportswriter, Berlin

No entrance fee

8:00 p.m.

ARTE film night
Presentation of documentaries and short films
in cooperation with ARTE and ZKM | Karlsruhe


8:00 p.m. White Terror
Documentary by Daniel Schweizer, ARTE/SSR 2005, 87 min. 
9:30 p.m. Prof. Axel Buchholz interviewing Daniel Schweizer (Switzerland)
10:15 p.m.

Die Populisten-Maschine
Documentation by Jean-Pierre Krief, ARTE France/ KS Visions 2007, 52 min.

Leroy räumt auf
Short film by Armin Völckers, Germany 2005, 19 min.

11:30 p.m.

Midnight snack
0:00 a.m.

Short film by Philipp Fleischmann ARTE/SWR 2001, 6 min.


Bernau liegt am Meer
Documentary by Martina Döcker, ARTE/ZDF 2003, 88 min.

No entrance fee


Sunday, 8th February 2009 

11h:00 p.m.

Right-Wing Extremism: Easy to get in, hard to get out?
Panel discussion with international speakers

Introductory presentation: Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen
Former member of the Bundestag and Delegate for Foreign Nationals of the Federal Government, vice chairwoman of Gegen Vergessen – Für Demokratie e.V., chair of Humanity in Action Germany

Moderation: Prof. Axel Buchholz
Honorary professor for radio journalism, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, former editor in chief at the radio station of the Saarland Broadcasting Corporation

Ibraimo Alberto (Mozambique/Germany)
Representative and delegate for foreign nationals of the city of Schwedt/
Oder, social worker, engaged in networks against right-wing extremism,
Award Ambassador for Democracy and Tolerance 2008

Jörg Fischer-Aharon
Ex neo-Nazi, freelance journalist and education officer on the subject of rightwing extremism, deputy chairman and executive director of the haKadima – Bildungswerk für Demokratie und Kultur e.V. Berlin

Dr. Rafal Pankowski (Poland)
Deputy editor of the magazine and member of Never again, expert for extremism at the Collegium Civitas Warsaw

Bernd Wagner
Managing director of the ZDK – Society for a Democratic Culture, co-founder of EXIT Germany, ret. Detective Chief Superintendent


No entrance fee

8:00 p.m.

So kam ich unter die Deutschen (premiere)
Friedrich Hölderlin: Hyperion
Elfriede Jelinek: Wolken.Heim
with members of the actors ensemble of the Badisches Staatstheater

The theatre’s production takes a comprehensive and profound approach to the topic of the 13th Karlsruhe Dialogues, asking about who ‘we’ are and where ‘we’ position ourselves. An installation of works by three very different authors traces the national climate and outlook of ‘the Germans’. The linguistic sonority and the wealth of emotion in Friedrich Hölderlin’s Hyperion prepare the mood for the permeation of past and future, of dreams and promises. This epistolary novel from the 18th century illustrates the disappointment that can accrue from the love and expectations of one’s homeland. Hölderlins works are set in contrast to Elfriede Jelinek’s provocative monologue Wolken.Heim (1988) – a linguistic work of art in verse prose about the ‘German spirit.’ Idealistic philosophy and German poetry are the source of this web of quotations: a collage of texts from Hölderlin, Heidegger, Fichte, Kleist, and letters of the Red Army Faction comes about. The staged language reinforces the impression that the meaning is distorted, or even perverted. The monologue of identity and home centres around the exclusion of the other, of the strange. We will hear the word “we” 362 times!

Entrance fee: € 8,–/10,–