Eco-fascism: the future of right-wing extremism?

Every year, NMBU invites a renowned researcher within the field of global development studies to hold a public lecture. This year, we're excited to hear Sindre Bangstad's talk: 

Eco-fascism: the future of right-wing extremism?

Friday 3 December, 13:00 - 15:00
NMBU U120 (Clock Building) 

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Eco-fascism was an identifiable ideological strain in both the terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand and in the mosque shooting in Bærum, Norway in 2019. In this talk, Bangstad will present an overview of eco-fascism past and present, tracing it back to German and European Nazism. He will contrast it with the humanism of the Black Atlantic tradition as presented by Cesaire, Fanon, Gilroy and Mbembe. 

In an important contribution to the emergent literature on eco-fascism, Thomas and Cassink (2021) note that "in the midst of worsening ecological crises, a revival of eco-fascist rhetoric and action has been observed." In a rapidly changing and contested political terrain wrought by global and man-made climate change, climate change denial is fast becoming a marginal position, and a critical stance towards fossil fuel capitalism (Malm 2021) is increasingly adopted both by the far left and the far right.

The apocalyptic ‘answer’ adopted by the far right and racist strand known as eco-fascism is one anchored in a white ethno-nationalism and a naturalist racism (Bhatt 2020). This racism is premised on the exclusion of racialized ‘others’ by means of bordering and/or deportation of non-white populations as the key to the survival in the anthropocene. Bangstad argues that, in the face of the climate change disaster now fast upon us, there is a choice to be made between an exclusionary and parochial vision of the future of the planet and of humanity, and one premised on interhuman and interspecies solidarity. 

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Sindre Bangstad is a Norwegian social anthropologist with a cand. polit. from the University of Bergen (2002) and a PhD from Radboud University Nijmegen (2007). A research professor at KIFO (Institute For Church, Religion And Worldview Research) in Oslo and an Associate Researcher at Arkivet in Kristiansand, he has published nine books and edited volumes, including Anders Breivik and the Rise of Islamophobia (2014).

In 2019, he was awarded the Anthropology in the Media Award (AIME) from the American Anthropological Association (AAA) in acknowledgement of his contributions to the dissemination of anthropological knowledge and insight through the public media.

Bangstad is the 2022-2023 Stanley Kelley Jr. Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Teaching of Anthropology at Princeton University, USA.

Published 15. October 2021 - 8:59 - Updated 22. November 2021 - 9:05