Category Archives: Far right

A Note On The Visual Cultures of Racism

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 […]

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American Ethnologist

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 […]

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The Worlds Made And Unmade By Religious Freedom

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 […]

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Yearbook of Muslims in Europe

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 […]

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Journal of Contemporary European Studies

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 […]

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Hate Speech: The Dark Twin Of Free Speech

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 […]

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Routledge

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 […]

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Samora

My own and Cora A. Døving’s primer on racism – Hva er rasisme? [What is racism?] Universitetsforlaget, 2015 – has been reviewed by Mohamed Abdi for the Norwegian journal Samora. The review can be read in full in Norwegian here: http://mohamed86a.tumblr.com/post/122836319840/hva-b-r-antirasisme-i-var-tid-vaere

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On the public voices of Muslim women

It’s not what you say that prompts it, it’s the fact that you are saying it. Mary Beard, ‘The Public Voice of Women’, London Review of Books, 2014. For Fatima Almanea (20), Norwegian librarian, Norwegian citizen. The past weeks in Norway have seen yet another round of harassment and death threats against young Norwegian females […]

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