Methods and Methodology in Researching the Far Right
Department of Social and Cultural Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Duesseldorf, Germany, 25-26 March 2011
Research on the far right generates a relevant number of related books, research papers and journal article each year. Yet, while there is a significant amount of theoretical understanding and empirical investigation on the issue of the far right reflections on methodological issues are rare.
The international interdisciplinary conference will examine methodological issues of researching the far right from different disciplinary contexts such as historical approaches, Internet research, survey research and case studies; also, CDA and semi-structured interviewing, theory-driven participant observation, ethnographic research and comparative historical analysis might be an object of interest.
The conference aims at critically discussing methodological approaches used to research the far right such as: How to define the ‘far right’? What are the advantages of a respective approach? What are the limitations? Are there methodological tools exclusively used for researching the far right? Are there particular challenges in researching the far right compared to other political parties or social movements? What about the security of the researcher? What about protecting the identity of research participants? Etcetera….
Confirmed speakers so far are:
Dr. Kathleen Blee
Professor of Sociology
University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Pete Simi
Associate Professor; School of Criminology & Criminal Justice
University of Nebraska-Omaha
To submit a proposal, interested parties should e-mail an abstract of between 900-1,300 words and an abbreviated CV to the organizers of the conference by July 31, 2010.
Notification of acceptance speakers will be by the end of September 2010.
Full papers are due by February 25, 2011.
Organizers try to secure funds to reimburse travel costs of speakers. Other attendees will be required to register and pay a minimal fee. For delivering a proposal and for more information regarding the conference, please email the address below.
Fabian Virchow, Prof. Dr.
Professor of Social Theory and Theories of Political Action
Head of Research Unit Extreme Right/Neo-Nazism
Universitätsstraße, Geb. 24.21
D - 40225 Düsseldorf
University of Applied Sciences Duesseldorf
Universitaetsstraße, Geb. 24.21
D - 40225 Duesseldorf
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