Joint op-ed on the hate speech v free speech conundrum in Norway as it relates to the far-right, racist and antisemitic party outfit Alliansen in Dagsavisen 31.08.2018.
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Happy to announce the publication of a commissioned essay on Norway’s July 22 2011 right-wing extremist terrorist attacks and the lessons which Norway has failed to learn in the aftermath, courtesy of the Duke University Press/World Policy Institute’s World Policy Journal (WPJ).
Racist speech does not function as an invitation to conversation. It does not offer reasons or arguments with which its audience can engage; and the visceral hostility it expresses effectively forecloses, rather than opens, the opportunity for further discussion. Caroline West, ‘Words That Silence? Freedom of expression and racist hate speech’, 2012. “We express ourselves […]
As academic reviews go, it hardly gets any better than this review of my 2014 monograph Anders Breivik And The Rise Of Islamophobia (London and New York: Zed Books) by Alisa Perkins at Western Michigan University in the American Anthropological Association (AAA)’s flagship journal American Ethnologist (AE), ranked 10 out of 84 anthropological journals worldwide […]
Hence, the very idea of freedom of religion is paradoxical; it is the freedom to be unfree in a particular kind of way. Michael Lambek, Is Religion Free?, 2015. Introducing the politics of religious freedom The Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo in Norway, my academic home for almost two years between 2013 […]
Together with Olav Elgvin at Fafo (Institute For Applied Social Research) I have been commissioned to write this year’s entry on ‘Norway’ in the annual Yearbook of Muslims in Europe (vol. 7, 2016), edited by Prof Oliver Scharbrodt at the University of Chester in the UK, which is out now. In this chapter, we focus […]
Highlights from Mark Emmerson’s (University of Queensland, Australia) review of my monograph ‘Anders Breivik And The Rise of Islamophobia’ in the Taylor & Francis ‘Journal of Contemporary European Studies’ 2015: “Bangstad is an emphatic writer who is clearly emotionally vested in the issues that he discusses, yet this is not a weakness, and instead gives […]
Freedom of opinion is a farce, unless factual information is guaranteed, and the facts themselves are not in dispute. Hannah Arendt, ‘Truth and politics’, 1966. On October 20 2014, an unemployed fifty-seven year old white Norwegian man entered a supermarket in an Eastern suburb of the Norwegian capital of Oslo. Walking through the supermarket, he […]
Routledge has recently published the following anthology edited by Profs Ralph D. Grillo (Sussex University) and Marcel Maussen (University of Amsterdam) entitled ‘Regulation of Speech in Multicultural Societies’. Originally based on papers first presented at a conference at the University of Amsterdam in 2011, it was first published as a special issue of the Journal […]