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Call for Papers

Issue 9 - Radical right politics and expressive culture

CFP - special issue of JOMEC on 'Radical right politics and expressive culture'.

Edited by Torgeir Naerland and Benjamin De Cleen

We would like to invite articles for a special issue of JOMEC Journal on the interactions between radical right political parties and expressive culture. The special issue asks how various forms of expressive culture historically have been and presently are being engaged to both promote and oppose RR politics.

The revival of the radical right – in a new and contemporary form – has since the early 1990s and up until the present day attracted considerable academic attention. Although a significant contributing force in the mobilisation for and against RR politics, expressive culture’s relation to the radical right has received only scant attention. Political science and sociology, with their strong electoral focus, have usually limited their attention to the electorate of the RR, often explaining radical right electoral success through macro socioeconomic and sociocultural developments whilst ignoring the agency of RR parties. More recently, attention for RR party programmes and party leadership has grown, but the focus remains firmly on traditional political actors and forms of politics. Discursive approaches have contributed significantly to knowledge about PRR rhetoric but here too, attention to the role of expressive culture in the struggle of and against the PRR has been rare.

Cultural and media studies have, in general, tended to focus on the broader ideological-political aspects of culture, rather than on the manifest intersections between expressive culture and politics proper. In relation to the RR specifically, little attention has been given to how expressive culture has been mobilised by, for or against RR political parties. Existing work has focused mainly on the role of expressive culture (mainly music) in the radical right subculture.

This special issue presents a cross-European look at how particular forms/genres of expressive culture are aligned with RR parties, how the RR opposes certain other forms/genres of expressive culture, how artists engage in the struggle against or for the RR, and how certain forms/genres of expressive culture become the object of struggle between the RR and its opponents. The articles each present empirical research that pays particular attention to:

  1. How the aesthetic characteristics (e.g. genre) of expressive culture gain significance in the political struggle
  2. The ways in which expressive culture relates to more traditional forms of political intervention
  3. How the media become a site and a means for (strategic) interaction between cultural and political (radical right) actors
  4. How the intersections between expressive culture and the RR have evolved in the last three to four decades

We currently have articles dealing with Germany, Norway, Belgium and the UK and welcome contributions dealing with one or several other European countries. We particularly welcome articles dealing with Hungary, Greece, and France. Different approaches to the topic are welcome, as long as the articles cover the four dimensions mentioned above.

Please send expressions of interest and an abstract of 300 words to Torgeir.Narland@infomedia.uib.no and benjamin.de.cleen@vub.ac.be by 30 September 2014.

Full articles are due by September 2015.


Forthcoming issues

  • Radical Right Politics and Expressive Cultures (2016)
  • Teaching and the Event (2016)
Future issue themes:
  • PR and News
  • Comparative journalism
  • Journalism, affect and emotions
  • New media technologies