Extreme Right

Sophie Schmalenberger, Christoffer Leiding Kølvraa, Bernhard Forchtner

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Abstract

Scholars of memory activism have focused on “just causes,” on giving voice to pasts of unjustified suffering and, more specifically, silenced memories of minorities and those being oppressed. Yet, the extreme right too has engaged in public memory activism, that is, in performances and displays which mourn, commemorate or call attention to the “white victims” of what is framed as the ongoing ethnic conflict in contemporary multicultural societies. Against this background, this chapter explores extreme-right memory activism in Europe, more specifically, how Generation Identity in Austria and Germany practices, mediatizes, and disseminates commemorative acts. Mobilizing a repertoire that ranges from (digital) commemoration of (white) victims through marches and speeches to the occupation of buildings, these activists engage in various forms of what they call “esthetic intervention” and “symbolic occupation.” These forms of activism draw on historical precedents of official rituals of commemoration and mirror more contemporary practices of spontaneous civil society “DIY commemoration.” Furthermore, mediatization is an essential element of these commemorative performances as respective actions are staged in expectation of their – often online – media dissemination. Such memory activism is an essential part of a unified extreme-right “cultural imaginary” that emerges through symbolic gestures of fictionalization and/or provocative detournement.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelThe Handbook of Memory Activism
RedaktørerYifat Gutman, Jenny Wüstenberg
Antal sider5
UdgivelsesstedLondon
ForlagRoutledge
Publikationsdatofeb. 2023
Sider86-90
Kapitel11
ISBN (Trykt)9780367650391
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781003127550
DOI
StatusUdgivet - feb. 2023
NavnThe Routledge history handbooks

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