by: Sophie Schmalenberger
Sophie Schmalenberger is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Global Studies at Aarhus University (Denmark) and a Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR). Her research focuses on the New Right in Germany and Europe and aims to shed light on the affective, discursive, aesthetic, and performative strategies of contemporary far-right (populist) parties and actors.
Currently, Sophie is working on her PhD project that focusses on the far-right populist party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) in Germany. Here, she aims to illuminate how the AfD challenges modern Germany’s hegemonic memory cultural regime and strategically utilizes memory elements and references to the past to articulate affective dispositions that are constitutive of what Sophie refers to as an ‘alternative German-ness’.
With new messaging emphasizing a return to normal, Germany's AfD party is seeking to bring nationalism back into the center of German politics.
A new German content site called FlinkFeed seeks to rewrite German history and mainstream New Right ideas by appropriating BuzzFeed's style.