[R6451] The Politics of the Right: local, global and digital movements and ideas

Created by Billie Jeanne Brownlee
Tuesday, 11/30/21 2:00 pm


In the Middle East, right-wing ideas and forms of organisation have been generally overlooked in favour of other frames of interpretation. From 1979 onwards, the Middle East and, with it, Middle Eastern Studies, shifted its attention from a politics as understood through the dialectics of left/right, in favour of other frames highlighting dichotomies of moderate/radical, religious/secular, modern/traditional, and other vague categories that seemed applicable only to the Middle East. Since then the scholarship of politics and society in the region has greatly evolved in its infatuation with Manichean dichotomies, it has progressively paid heed to many new questions, including the history and present of the Left; grassroots activism; the nuances of political Islam; just to mention a few. However, the politics of the right has remained one lacuna where Middle Eastern scholarship has vacillated to affirm the links and nexus between regional local developments and global processes of resurgence in right-wing politics. The roundtable is precisely an exercise in responding to this lacuna and to open up avenues for discussion, confrontation, exchange and disagreement over the politics of the right in the contemporary Middle East.
The participants come from different disciplinary background and regional expertise. Anthropologists, political scientists, sociologists and historians as well as social theorists and media scholars will discuss the following thematic interconnections in the Arab, Iranian, Turkish and Israeli lifeworld:
1) Can we understand the politics of the post-Arab Spring era as an expression of right-wing politics?
2) How can we connect the local experience of countries such as Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Iran, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Syria to the global momentum of right-wing movements?
3) Is there a culture of the right? And if so what it is and how does it differ from other cultural formats, such as Islamist culture and Leftist culture?
4) What is the strategic and tactical use of digital media in the activation of right-wing networks, locally and transnationally?
By uncovering these and other issues, the roundtable expects to inform as much as to reflect and to formulate novel ways of configuring the Middle East’s local and global politics and society in a time when parallel trends seem to be materialising across the world, from the United States, Brazil, India, and France.


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Walter Armbrust

(University of Oxford)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Lisa Wedeen

(The University of Chicago)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Heba Raouf Ezzat

(Ibn Haldun University-Turkey)
Heba Raouf Ezzat is an assistant professor of political theory at Ibn Haldun university/political science department -Istanbul/Turkey. For almost 30 years she taught politics at Cairo University. She was also an adjunct professor 2006-2013 at the American...
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Rima Majed

(American University of Beirut)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Marc Jones

(Hamad bin Khalifa University)
Marc Owen Jones is an Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies at Hamad bin Khalifa University, where he lectures and researches on political repression and informational control strategies. His recent work has focused on the way social media has been...
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Billie Jeanne Brownlee

(Exeter University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair; Organizer; Presenter;

Cristina Moreno-Almeida

(King's College London)
Cristina Moreno-Almeida, PhD, is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London. Her research is about culture, power, and resistance at the intersection of society, politics and digital media....
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;