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CARR Weekly Insights Digest (3rd Week of April 2021)

Dear CARR Fellows and friends, 

Welcome to the third instalment of our weekly CARR Insights Digest. We will round up relevant CARR Insights blogs, news, reports, resources, and media from the preceding week to serve as a guide for new CARR outputs and activities. In particular, the two special sections within the digest: 'Fellows-in-the-News' and ' Fellow Spotlight', will be able to highlight the work on radical right extremism by our esteemed international network of fellows. Please share widely!

Warmest Wishes,
The Steering Group

Katya, J. (9 April 2021) 'From street to state: How radical nationalists gained power in Poland'

CARR Team. (12 April 2021) 'The Atlanta Shootings Reveal A Blind Spot In Far-Right Studies' 

Reid Ross, A. (13 April 2021) 'On the comparative study of denialism and conspiracy theories'


Molas, B. (14 April 2021) 'Pandemic Poses Radicalization Risks For Children'

Weinberg, L. (15 April 2021) 'Neo-Nazis Push Lies And Revisionist History'
Mini Conference: Populism and Ideologies in Times of Crisis
The Populism (PRU) and Ideology (IRU) Research Units at The Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR) are organising a joint conference from the 3rd-4th of June 2021. Abstract proposals (150 words maximum) from CARR colleagues addressing the diverse fields relating to “Populism, Ideologies, Extremism, Liberal Democratic Governance and Crises are welcomed to be submitted to Balša Lubarda
( and James F. Downes ( by
Friday April 30th, 2021.
Find out more here

MA in Terrorism, Security and Radical Right Extremism @ Richmond 

This week, we are excited to announce the launch of the CARR MA in Terrorism, Security and Radical Right Extremism at Richmond, the American University in London. This programme is the first of its kind in one of the fastest-growing security issues for governments internationally. Read more about the programme here, or download the prospectus here.

This week’s Fellow Spotlight is Senior Fellow, Dr Carmen  Aguilera-Carnerero, lecturer of Linguistics at the Department of English and German Philology at the University of Granada, Spain.

Current research projects
“Nutcracker: System of detection, monitorization and analysis of online terrorist discourse”, 2016-2020 supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, and the European Union FEDER funds and “Formal representation of an ontology on Criminal Law and its integration in a database for the knowledge and understanding of natural language” supported by the FEDER funds, 2014-2020. She also takes part in the Bridge Initiative at the University of Georgetown.

As a vocational linguist, her postdoctoral research focuses on two main areas: the study of social media —and by extension the Internet— as the most suitable communicative environment to host polarized narratives and spread radicalized discourses and the linguistic and discursive structures of hate speech in their different realisations: textual, visual or multimodal.
In the last years, these two main areas of research have crystallised in different publications on the study of extreme speech particularly on:

“Islamophobia no, Islamonausea: the many faces of cyber hate speech” Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research, volume 9, number 1, 2016, pp. 21-40. Read here.

“The Cyber-Discourse of Inclusion and Marginalisation: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Muslims in Ireland and Northern Ireland on Twitter 2010-2014”, Irishness on the margins. Minority and Dissident Identities, London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2018, pp. 193-215. Read here.

Online extreme speech in post-war Sri Lanka:
“In Sri Lanka, Cartoonists Take on the Government and the Alt-Right” in Ledig, Eviane (ed.) “Mainstreaming the Global Radical Right”, Ibidem Verlag, 2020, pp. 358-361. Read here

“Islamophobia in Sri Lanka or the Sterilisation Obsession” in Ledig, E. (ed.) The Radical Right during crisis. CARR Yearbook, Ibidem Verlag, 2021. Read here

“’Who wants to sterilise the Sinhalese?’ Extreme speech online in postwar Sri Lanka” in Chiluwa, I. (ed.). Discourse and Conflict. London: Palgrave, McMillan (forthcoming in 2021). 

The semiotics of violence:
“On heroes and enemies: Visual polarization in the propaganda magazines of the Islamic State” in Fidalgo-Llamas, L. and E. Morales-López (eds.) Socio-political polarization and conflict: discursive approaches. London: Routledge (forthcoming in 2021)

The multimodal construction of online polarised discourse:
“Is a new style of politics coming to Spain?”, in Allchorn, W. (ed.) Tracking the rise of the radical right globally. CARR Yearbook 2018- 2019. Sttutgart: Ibiden Verlag, 2019, 109-113. Read here.

“The Spanish Radical Right, COVID-19 and the socio-communism” (with Barbará Molas) in Bar-On, T. & Molas, B. (eds.) COVID-19 and the Radical Right, 2020, Stuttgart: Ibidem Verlag. Read here.

The discourse of graffiti as micro-act of daily resistance.
“Urban Wall monologues: A Critical Discourse Analysis of graffiti in Granada” in Furkó, P. et al. (eds.) Fuzzy Boundaries in Discourse Studies: Theoretical, Methodological and Lexico-Grammatical Fuzziness. London: Palgrave Mc Millan, 2019, pp. 77-109. Read here.

She wrote the Islamophobia report for Spain in 2016, 2017 and 2018, of which the last one was presented in the European Parliament in January 2019, as well as the report “The construction of national identity through online discourse” (co-authored with Halik Azeez) funded by the USAID program and NCEASL.


To find out more about Dr Carmen Aguilera-Carnerero, please visit her CARR profile page.

This week, one of our Senior Fellows Mark Potok was interviewed by Byline Times about the concerning  far right connections of the UK Government's newly appointed counter extremism commissioner: Robin Simcox. Read the article here.

Our second Fellow in the News is Matthew Feldman's contribution to US Representative Elissa Slotkin's request to designate 13 extremist groups as foreign terrorist organizations. However, the list was inaccurate and "serves as an example of how the US government has been slow to recognize the threat posed by far-right violent extremists at home and abroad". Read the article here. 

Fellows-in-the-News is open to all of our Fellows wishing to share recent publications external to CARR. We would like to encourage our Fellows to email to be featured in our upcoming Weekly CARR Digests and CARR's Twitter.

The Anti Gender Movement

Guest Haley McEwen joins Right Rising to walk us through the anti-gender movement, a transnational coalition of conservative activists and civil society organizations working to counter political and social gains made by local and international feminists and LGBTQI+ movements. Along with host Augusta Dell’Omo, Haley explores how the anti-gender movement spread across Southern and Eastern Africa by mobilizing against sex education in schools. Breaking down these activists’ agenda’s in Kenya and Nigeria, Haley reveals how the anti-gender movement is genuinely transnational, forging connections with U.S. and European organizations.

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