Episode 17: with Sophie Schmalenberger on the far-right in Europe

Episode 17 of (Re-)Shaping Europe is out now! We spoke with our participant Sophie Schmalenberger about far-right parties and actors in Europe, about why they are successful, about normality, why it is desirable to be “normal” but also why it can be a very harmful concept. Ultimately, we tried to find coping mechanisms for researchers and activists in this field and what we as scientists and active members of society can do.

Sophie is a participant at DialoguePerspectives since 2021. She holds a Master in European Studies from the University of Aarhus where she is living and working on her PhD today. Sophie researches on far-right actors in Europe, with a particular focus on the German party AfD and how they strategically try to influence German and European memory culture and mobilize nationalist emotions. Sophie is also a Volunteer at Aarhus for Solidarity where she advocates for rejected asylum seekers and people who are threatened by deportation from Denmark. This engagement is her personal reaction to the mainstreaming of right-wing nationalism in Danish politics, to inhuman asylum policies, a lack of solidarity and racist and anti-Muslim stereotypes within the wider Danish population.

You can listen to the podcast episode via all relevant podcast outlets.

Intro: Carleigh Garcia| Speakers: Henri Vogel, Sophie Schmalenberger | Audio-Edit: Gal Yaron Mayersohn | Music: Viktor Rosengrün | Editor: Henri Vogel | © 2023 DialoguePerspectives

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