Andreas Onnerfors

Andreas Önnerfors is a Reader in Intellectual History, currently based at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He has an international CV and grew up in Germany before moving back to Sweden during the early 1990s. Originally a cultural and intellectual historian of the 18th century with an interest in cultural encounters, press history and secret societies, Önnerfors has turned his focus increasingly toward understanding contemporary radical-right discourses in Sweden and Europe and he has published on the German PEGIDA-movement and related organizations. Önnerfors has an extensive record of publications and of knowledge-exchange with the non-academic sector.

COVID-19: The Lab Leak Theory Makes a Comeback

September 02, 2021

The sudden reemergence of the lab leak theory earlier this year — that COVID-19 was made in and escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology — has hit international media and occasioned nervous reactions from the Biden administration, which demanded a conclusive report on the origins of the pandemic within...

The Sinking of MS Estonia: The Swedish Radical Right’s Favorite Conspiracy

January 14, 2020

On the night of September 27-28, 1994, the ferry MS Estonia, carrying 989 passengers between Tallinn and Stockholm, sank in the Baltic Sea, hit by hard weather and winds measuring 9 on the Beaufort scale, which caused enormous waves. A mayday call was released shortly after midnight, but when the...

Radical-Right Radicalization, From the Domestic to the Global

September 24, 2019

Radical-right radicalization has quickly moved from being a fringe domestic phenomenon to a mainstream global movement. The radical right, albeit always internationally connected and aligned across individual states, has over the last decade moved to increasingly intertangled structures, not only in terms of technical platforms of communication but, more importantly,...

How the Swedish Radical Right Hijacked Human Rights

May 16, 2019

It can be difficult to separate the alleged watchdogs of freedom from the bloodhounds of the populist radical-right discourse.  On June 6, 2017, Sweden’s national holiday, charges were filed with the Swedish international prosecution office against “a number of individuals in key positions inside Sweden’s government administration, media and in...