Right-Wing Resurgence and the Idea of Europe: Historical Scenarios, Contemporary Transformations

21.05.2020, Workshop, DHI Washington (ABGESAGT)

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Workshop and Roundtable at GHI Washington
Conveners: Anna Ananieva and Gregory Afinogenov (Tandem-Fellows in Global and Trans-Regional History, GHI Washington)

Amid the political shocks of the last three years, the return of nationalist and conservative agendas to the forefront of the European ideological scene is unmistakable. These ideas have manifested in radically diverse ways in countries like France, Poland, Germany, and Austria, yet they share many family resemblances—from skepticism about economic globalization to the rejection of the perceived excesses of contemporary gender politics—and their proponents often express their sense that they are engaged in a common enterprise. Explicitly or implicitly, this “right-wing alter-globalization” movement is positioned against the liberal European project of the late twentieth century. What alternative vision of Europe does it entail? What are its intellectual and political links to previous pan-European projects, like the conservative hegemony of the Concert of Europe? And how do these models conceptualize the role of traditionally peripheral polities like Russia or Britain, which have often defined themselves against Europe even as they have helped shape its history?

The one-day event includes a workshop featuring two scholarly panels and an evening roundtable. One panel will take a long historical view of the questions that inform the event, going back to the French Revolutionary era; the other will focus more specifically on the post-WWII and post-Cold War context. The roundtable will feature a mixture of contemporary and historical experts who bridge the gap between the academic, journalistic, and policymaking worlds.