The following two speakers will be presenting their latest work on this issue:
- Professor of Sociology, Jessie Daniels, Hunter College, NYC.
- Research Assistant, Johan Farkas, ITU/University of Bergen.
Everyone is welcome, so please feel free to invite students. No registration required.
Tweet Storm: The Rise of Trump, the Mainstreaming of White Nationalism & the Threat to Democracy (Jessie Daniels)
The election of Donald Trump as President of the US followed an unprecedented campaign in which savvy white nationalists and members of the “alt-right” movement use culture jamming tactics on Facebook and Twitter to inject racist memes like #WhiteGenocide into popular political and cultural discussions. And, @realDonaldTrump retweets them all to his 24 million-plus followers. In response to this increased visibility and amplification of white nationalism in the mainstream of US political culture, white liberals express shock at what they perceive is a new development. While the Women’s March the day after Trump’s inauguration offered some hope for charting a different path, the fact remains that 53% of white women voted for him. In this engaging talk, Jessie Daniels draws on 20 years of research into the ways racism spreads on and offline to demonstrate that white supremacy is a real, and persistent, threat to democratic societies.
Disguised racist propaganda in digital media in Denmark (Johan Farkas)
Digital media platforms provide powerful new means of communication, also for those promoting racist worlviews. In this talk, Johan Farkas presents the results of his research on disguised racist propaganda in digital media. The presentation focuses on how cloaked Facebook pages as well as readers’ letters disguised as journalism have been tactically mobilised to strengthen and amplify existing racist discourses in Denmark.