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The New Global Far Right

with Cynthia Miller-Idriss

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Date: Monday 14 October 2024
Time: 20:00 (drinks from 19:30)
Location: Kantine Walhalla, Veerlaan 11, Rotterdam
Admission: €10,- (regular), €6,- (reduced)
Language: English

The signs of growing far-right extremism are all around us. As the 2024 United States presidential election approaches, communities around the globe are still struggling to understand how so many people are being radicalized and why they are increasingly attracted to violent movements. 

On Monday October 14 we welcome award-winning author and scholar of extremism and radicalization Cynthia Miller-Idriss to De Dépendance on the occasion of her new book Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right. We will discuss how tomorrow’s far-right nationalists are being recruited in surprising places, from college campuses and mixed martial arts gyms to clothing stores, online gaming chat rooms, and YouTube cooking channels. 

Instead of focusing on the how and why of far-right radicalization, Miller-Idriss seeks answers in these physical and virtual spaces where hate is cultivated. She demonstrates how young people on the margins of our communities are targeted in these settings, how the path to radicalization is a nuanced process of moving in and out of far-right scenes throughout adolescence and adulthood, and reveals innovative strategies we can use to combat extremist radicalization.


Cynthia Miller-Idriss

Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss is the founding director of the Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab (PERIL) at the American University in Washington, DC, where she is also a Professor in the School of Public Affairs. She regularly testifies before the U.S. Congress or briefs policy, security, education and intelligence agencies in the U.S., the United Nations, and other countries. She is the author of six books and writes frequently for mainstream audiences with recent by-lines in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Politico, The Guardian, and Le Monde.

Geert Maarse

Geert Maarse is a journalist and programme-maker. Having worked for Erasmus University for over five years, he is specialized in connecting scientific research to public debate. He has a background in Business Administration and Cultural Studies. He is the founder and regular host of Studio Erasmus, a monthly science magazine broadcasted by OPEN Rotterdam. He worked on a documentary and published in a number of online and offline media (de Volkskrant, Vers Beton, Erasmus Magazine).

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