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Lars Erik Berntzen

PhD candidate

Lars Erik Berntzen (1986) hails from the city of Bergen on the west coast of Norway. He holds a B.A (2009) and M.A (2011) in Sociology from the University of Bergen (UiB). Under the supervision of Professor Donatella della Porta he is conducting research on anti-Islamic rhetoric and mobilization in Western Europe. The project title is “Anti-Islamic opposition and rhetoric: A political phenomenon from the mainstream to the extreme”.

Between 2011 and 2013, he worked as a research assistant on three projects at the Department of Comparative Politics, UiB: 1) Political demonstrations directed towards the Norwegian state (1965-2012), 2) Political violence in Norway (1945-2012), and 3) Normative conflicts involving the radical right. All three projects entailed gathering data, coding and analysis of newspaper articles as the primary source material. He has also conducted and published research on organized opposition towards Islam, Muslim culture and immigration in Norway as well as the ‘manifesto’ and ideology of the Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik.

 

Research interests: Anti-Islam, populism, diffusion, political violence, and counter-jihad

News

29/11/2018

Call for Papers - International Conference on Feminist Alliances

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The conference will focus on the role played by discourses, practices and politics in the construction and political consequences of feminist alliances with inequalities defined by class, race/ethnicity, citizenship, age, disability and sexuality.

20/11/2018

Call for Papers - International Conference The Contentious Politics of Solidarity

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The conference will focus on the contestation of acts of solidarity by counter-movements and the state, as well as on resistance to it by migrant and pro-migrant movements.

09/11/2018

Donatella della Porta on the Growing Criminalization of Protest

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The criminalization of protest is growing: there are many signals of this both in ‘hybrid’ regimes and in democratic countries. In this interview, Donatella della Porta discusses the dynamics and consequences of such trend.

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

Movement parties of the far right: The organization and strategies of nativist collective actors

Andrea Pirro, Pietro Castelli Gattinara
Despite theoretical commonalities, very little empirical research has focused on far-right “movement parties” as collective actors operating both in the protest and the electoral arenas. The article redresses this inconsistency by exploring the organizational and strategic configuration of two far-right collective actors—the Hungarian Jobbik and the Italian CasaPound.

Monograph - 2018

Political Strategies and Social Movements in Latin America. The Zapatistas and Bolivian Cocaleros

Leonidas Oikonomakis
This book investigates how social movements form their political strategies in their quest for social change and -when they shift from one strategy to another- why and how that happens.