NU PEACE & WAR CENTER
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 | 12 p.m. Eastern Time
Systemic Functional Linguistics Interest Group (SFL-IG) Webinar
YOU ARE INVITED: The Systemic Functional Linguistics Interest Group (SFL-IG) is delighted to invite you to attend its final Zoom webinar of the year.
‘Caretakers’ of Nature, ‘Stewards’ of the Land: an SFL-LCT Analysis of Eco-Fascist Propaganda
Presenter: Dr. Eszter Szenes | Chair: Dr. Jacqueline Nenchin
Harmony with nature, pristine countryside, organic farming, renewable energy, zero waste, sustainable development. This imagery tends to be associated with ‘green liberal’ environmentalist movements and more broadly, left-wing political ideologies. However, concern for the environment and warnings about the imminent climate crisis are gaining traction within far-right and white supremacist movements. This talk will focus on the re-birth of white supremacist environmentalism based on analyses of manifestos published by neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups in Hungary and the Nordic countries. Drawing on Appraisal from Systemic Functional Linguistics, I will show how an eco-fascist ideology is built up through couplings of judgements in far-right propaganda. Drawing on the concept of ‘axiological constellations’ from Legitimation Code Theory, I will then show how recurring couplings form clusters of meanings that reinforce far-right grievances. By showing how such clusters form axiological constellations, I will demonstrate how they become stabilized parts of a constellation that functions to legitimize far-right ideologies. I conclude by discussing the implications of these findings for democracy and peace, considering what the promotion of neo-fascist ‘solutions’ to the climate crisis could mean for climate justice and (trans)national security. – Dr. Eszter Szenes
This presentation is organized by SFL-IG, and is part of an ongoing project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No. 845643. Learn more.
Learn more about Dr. Eszter Szenes, linguist, Norwich University visiting researcher on extremism.