Event: "The Return of the Ethnostate? The Alternative for Germany (AfD) and the Populist Tide"

March 3, 2020, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Stephen C. Hall Building, Room 102

Guest Speaker - David Coury

Over the past decade, Europe has seen a rise in the popularity of right-wing populist parties and Germany has been no exception. While the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland) began as an anti-EU party that opposed the so-called Greek bailout, after the refugee challenge of 2015, it became an ardent anti-immigration party and even aligned itself with the Islamophobic citizens group Pegida. What accounts for the sudden rise in populism and their challenges to globalization? What do they envision culturally for the German state and what does this mean for the project of the EU?

David Coury is Frankenthal Professor of Humanities, German, and Global Studies at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay where he is also co-director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Partnerships.  His publications include two volumes on Peter Handke as well as articles on Paul Celan, Orhan Pamuk, Navid Kermani, and Sarah Khan. Currently he is co-editing a forthcoming volume on the German-Iraqi writer Abbas Khider.

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