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Extreme Right Discourses

November 23rd - 27th


In recent years, the extreme right has had more visibility and has held important political positions in Europe and in other parts of the world such as the United States and Brazil. The purpose of this symposium is to analyze, explain, and understand the discourses of the extreme right and their rise to power from a diverse perspective (journalistic, sociological, political, historical, discursive, etc.) with the idea of ​​looking for tools to counter forms of extremism that violate human rights, justice, and democracy.



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Monday, November 23rd, CET/GMT+1 Time Zone

12:00-14:00: Workshop on Critical Analysis of Extreme Right Discourse

15:30-16:00: Welcome session

 Teun van Dijk, Director of the Centre of Discourse Studies


16:00-18:00: Presentations on post-graduate research (session in Spanish)

Zacharie Hatolong Boho, Universidad de Ngaoundéré, "Ultraderecha vs contraderecha en la España actual: interacciones socio-discursivas en las calles de Alcalá de Henares, Barcelona, Madrid y Salamanca."

Pablo Rocamora Pérez,  Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, "Fascistas del tercer milenio: una aproximación al discurso de la organización española Hogar Social a través de sus publicaciones en Facebook."

Oswaldo Bolo Varela, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, "Terruqueo o la invalidación social del enemigo potencial." 

18:15-19:30: Presentations on post-graduate research (session in Spanish)


Mauricio Esteban Alarcón Silva, Universidad de la Frontera-Universidad Austral, "Discurso de derecha y resistencia al cambio constitucional." 

Júlio Antonio Bonatti Santos, Universidade Federal de São Carlos / The Open University, "Far-right and fake news: Brazil in the post-truth era."


Tuesday, November 24th, CET/GMT+1 Time Zone


15:30-18:00: Talks by invited speakers (session in Spanish)


Carmen Aguilera-Carnerero, Universidad de Granada, "De #laReconquista a #Niunpasoatrás: Estrategias discursivas de VOX online." see abstract


Xavier Giró Martí, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, "Física, Química y geometría del discurso de odio." see abstract


Wednesday, November 25th, CET/GMT+1 Time Zone


15:30-18:00: Talks by invited speakers (session in English)


Cinzia Padovani, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, "The Ultra-right, mediatic processes and discourses." see abstract


Johannes Angermuller, Open University, "Fascism 2.0? Or, the affective logics in contemporary right-wing discourse." see abstract


Thursday, November 26th, CET/GMT+1 Time Zone


15:30-18:00: Talks by invited speakers (session in English)


Ruth Wodak, Lancaster University/University Vienna, "“Fortress Europe”? A Politics of Shameless Normalization." see abstract


John E. Richardson, University of the Sunshine Coast, "‘The economy’ in British fascist discourse. Or, ‘what fascists write about when they write about capitalism’." see abstract


Friday, November 27th, CET/GMT+1 Time Zone


15:30-18:00: Talks by invited speakers (session in Spanish)

Luisa Martín Rojo & Angela D. Buscalioni, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, "Raíces y desafíos políticos del discurso negacionista." see abstract


Miguel Urbán, Diputado al Parlamento Europeo, "Un repaso a la Emergencia de Vox en el contexto de la ola reaccionaria global." see abstract


18:15-18:45: Closing session

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Invited Speakers

Johannes Angermuller

Open University


Johannes Angermuller is Professor of Discourse, Languages and Applied Linguistics at Open University. After obtaining a PhD at Paris Est, Créteil, and Magdeburg in 2003, he was Juniorprofessor in the sociology of higher education at Mainz University. He directed the ERC DISCONEX and INTAC projects on academic discursive practices at Warwick University and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. He has published widely in the field of Discourse Studies. His publications include Poststructuralist Discourse Analysis. Subjectivity in Enunciative Pragmatics (Palgrave Macmillan: Houndmills, Basingstoke, 2014) and Why There Is No Poststructuralism in France. The Making of an Intellectual Generation (Bloomsbury: London, 2015), which have been translated into French, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish. He has presided DiscourseNet. International Association for Discoure Studies since its creation in 2019 (


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Carmen Aguilera-Carnerero

Universidad de Granada

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Carmen Aguilera-Carnerero obtained her degree and Ph.D from the department of English and German Philology at the University of Granada (Spain) where she currently teaches. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR) and researcher at The Bridge Initiative at the University of Georgetown. Her post-doctoral research has focused on the study of the extreme speech online, especially on CyberIslamophobia, the far-right, the online discourse of the post-war ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka, the semiotics of terrorism and the expression of dissidence in the public urban space through graffiti. Some of her latest works on the area are: "'Islamophobia not, Islamonausea: the many faces of cyberhate speech'", in Journal of Arab & Muslim Media Research Volume 9 Number 1, 21-40, "The Cyber-Discourse of Inclusion and Marginalisation: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Muslims in Ireland on Twitter 2010-2014" in Irishness on the margins: Minority and Dissident Identities, Palgrave, 2018, “Of heroes and enemies: visual polarization on the propaganda magazines of the Islamic State” in Socio-political polarization and conflict. Discursive Approaches. Routledge (forthcoming). She was also the author of the Spanish section of the “European Islamophobia Report” in 2017 and 2018 and the co-author of two other reports, the “European Islamophobia Report” in 2016 and the “The Creation of National Identity in the online discourse in post-war Sri Lanka” funded by USAID in 2017.  She has also published regularly in the media for the Fair Observer, Open Democracy, Rantt Media and The Conversation.

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Xavier Giró Martí

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

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Xavi Giró is professor of Political Journalism at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), director of the research group Observatori de la Coverage de Conflictes (OCC) and co-director of the postgraduate diploma ‘Conflict communication and Peace’. He has a doctorate in Journalism and an MA in Journalism and Public Affairs from the American University (Washington D.C). He was head of Spanish politics at the Diari de Barcelona (1987-1989), head of news at A3- Televisión en Cataluña (1990) and editor-in-chief of the magazine ‘El Viejo Topo’ (1993-1997).

His lines of research are: Media and immigration, Media and armed conflicts. He is a specialist in the analysis of informative coverage of conflicts.

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Luisa Martín Rojo

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid


Luisa Martín Rojo is professor of General Linguistics and principal researcher at the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Multilingualism, Discourse and Communication (MIRCO) of the UAM and co-founder and first president of the Association for Discourse and Society Studies (EDiSo). Her works on racism in discourse are well known as well as her later studies documenting how the management of linguistic diversity in schools discriminates against migrant students. In her most recent works she has studied the appropriation and transformation of urban space through communicative practices in protest movements such as the 15M or Occupy movements. Her latest publications develop the concept of "linguistic subjectivity" to try to understand how neoliberalism imposes certain ways of learning, valuing, and using languages.

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Cinzia Padovani

Southern Illinois University Carbondale


Cinzia Padovani (PhD, Media Studies, University of Colorado Boulder, 1999) is Associate Professor with Tenure at the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University. In 2018 she won a Marie S. Curie Experienced Fellowship to study ultra-right media and communication at the University of Loughborough, with a Secondment at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Florence. Formally trained in media studies, Cinzia implements critical discourse studies in her analysis of extreme right online media as well as mainstream media coverage of the ultra-right, among other topics. Dr. Padovani’s publications have appeared in numerous international journals such as The International Journal of Communication, The Journal of Language and Politics, Discourse and Communication, Television and New Media, Javnost/The Public, among others. She is the author of A Fatal Attraction, Public Television and the Political System in Italy. Her research interests are in the field of ultra-right social movements media, media and politics, alternative/radical media, Italian and European media, public service media, media and social theories.

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John E. Richardson

University of the Sunshine Coast

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John E. Richardson is Adjunct Associate Professor of Language & Linguistics in the Dept of Communication and Creative Industries, University of the Sunshine Coast. His research interests include critical discourse studies, rhetoric and argumentation, British fascism and commemorative discourse. The author of over eighty publications, his recent books include: British Fascism: A Discourse-Historic Analysis (2017); the Routledge Handbook of Critical Discourse Studies (2018, co-edited with Flowerdew); Cultures of Post-War British Fascism (co-edited with Copsey, 2015); and Analysing Fascist Discourse (co-edited with Wodak, 2013). His work has been translated into Chinese, Farsi, French, Japanese and Portuguese. He is Editor of the international journal Critical Discourse Studies and co-editor of the book series Advances in Critical Discourse Studies (Bloomsbury Academic). 

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Miguel Urbán Crespo

Member of the European Parliment


Miguel Urbán is a life militant, partisan, Zapatista at heart, and internationalist by vocation. He was born in 1980 in Madrid, where he studied History at Universidad Complutense, and where he worked in various NGOs on social intervention and as a cultural manager in the cooperative bookstore La Marabunta. He started out as a militant in the student movement, where he participated in the alterglobalizador movement against the war, the movement for decent housing, and in the 15M movement. One of the founders and promoters of Podemos, he is currently a leading member of Anticapitalistas, and he has held a seat in the European Parliament as part of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left since 2015. He has written several books on topics ranging from the university, the student movement, the global outrage movement, the rise of the far right, and the so-called "refugee crisis". The latest titles are: El viejo fascismo y la nueva derecha radical (Old Fascism and the New Radical Right) (Sylone 2014); Disparen a los refugiados. La construcción de la Europa Fortaleza (Shoot the refugees. The construction of Fortress Europe) (Icaria 2016) co-written with Gonzalo Donaire; and La emergencia de Vox. Apuntes para combatir a la extrema derecha española (The emergence of Vox. Notes on combating the Spanish extreme right) (Sylone 2019). He is member of the advisory council of the Viento Sur magazine and has published in various media sources, including Público, El Diario, 20 Minutos, El Salto, Cuartopoder, CTXT, Jacobin, La Jornada and El País. He has also collaborated with different Spanish and foreign universities in courses and masters on social movements, migration, the European Union, and international politics.

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Ruth Wodak

Lancaster University/University Vienna


Ruth Wodak is Emerita Distinguished Professor of Discourse Studies at Lancaster University, UK, and affiliated to the University of Vienna. Besides various other prizes, she was awarded the Wittgenstein Prize for Elite Researchers in 1996, an Honorary Doctorate from University of Örebro in Sweden in 2010, and an Honorary Doctorate from Warwick University in 2020. She is past-President of the Societas Linguistica Europaea. 2011, she was awarded the Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria, and 2018, the Lebenswerk Preis for her lifetime achievements, from the Austrian Ministry for Women’s Affairs. She is member of the British Academy of Social Sciences and member of the Academia Europaea. In March 2020, she became Honorary Member of the Senate of the University of Vienna. She is member of the editorial board of a range of linguistic journals and co-editor of the journals Discourse and Society, Critical Discourse Studies, and Language and Politics.

She has held visiting professorships in University of Uppsala, Stanford University, University Minnesota, University of East Anglia, and Georgetown University. 2008, she was awarded the Kerstin Hesselgren Chair of the Swedish Parliament (at University Örebrö). In the spring 2014, Ruth held the Davis Chair for Interdisciplinary Studies at Georgetown University, Washington DC. In the spring 2016, Ruth was Distinguished Schuman Fellow at the Schuman Centre, EUI, Florence. 2017, she held the Willi Brandt Chair at the University of Malmö, Sweden. Currently, she is a senior visiting fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna (IWM).

Her research interests focus on discourse studies; gender studies; identity politics and the politics of the past; political communication and populism; prejudice and discrimination; and on ethnographic methods of linguistic field work. Ruth has published 10 monographs, 29 co-authored monographs, over 60 edited volumes and special issues of journals, and ca 420 peer reviewed journal papers and book chapters. Her work has been translated into English, Italian, French, Spanish, Hebrew, Portuguese, German, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Polish, Arabic, Russian, Czech, Bosnian, Greek, Slovenian, and Serbian.

Recent book publications include: The Politics of Fear. The shameless normalization of far-right populist discourses (Sage 2021, 2nd revised and extended edition); Sociolinguistic Perspectives on Migration Control (Multilingual Matters 2020; with M. Rheindorf); Identitäten im Wandel. (Springer 2020; with R. de Cillia, M Rheindorf, S. Lehner); Europe at the Crossroads (Nordicum 2019; with P. Bevelander); The Routledge Handbook of Language and Politics (Routledge 2018, with B. Forchtner); Kinder der Rückkehr (Springer 2018, with E. Berger); The Politics of Fear. What Right-wing Populist Discourses Mean (Sage, 2015; translated into the German, Russian, Bosnian, and Japanese); The discourse of politics in action: ‘Politics as Usual’ (Palgrave, revised 2nd edition 2011; translated into the Chinese); Methods of CDS (Sage 2016, with M. Meyer; 3rd revised edition, translated into the Korean, Spanish, and Arabic); Migration, Identity and Belonging (LUP 2011, with G. Delanty, P. Jones); The Discursive Construction of History. Remembering the German Wehrmacht’s War of Annihilation (Palgrave 2008; with H. Heer, W. Manoschek, A. Pollak); The Politics of Exclusion. Debating Migration in Austria (Transaction Press 2009; with M. Krzyżanowski); The SAGE Handbook of Sociolinguistics (Sage 2010; with B. Johnstone, P. Kerswill); Analyzing Fascist Discourse. Fascism in Talk and Text (Routledge 2013; with J E Richardson), and Rightwing Populism in Europe: Politics and Discourse (Bloomsbury 2013; with M. KhosraviNik, B. Mral).

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