Bernhard Forchtner

Bernhard Forchtner is a lecturer at the School of Media, Communication and Sociology, University of Leicester (UK). He has previously worked as a Marie Curie fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, Humboldt-University of Berlin where he conducted a project on far-right discourses on the environment (project number 327595). Recent publications include “Being Skeptical? Exploring Far-Right Climate-Change Communication in Germany” (with A. Kroneder and D. Wetzel in Environmental Communication, 2018) and “The Routledge Handbook on Language and Politics” (with R. Wodak, 2017).

The Storming of the US Capitol Through Identitarian Eyes

Feb 16, 2021

As history unfolded before those refreshing their Twitter feeds and watching live TV, attempts to define the storming of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, immediately emerged, including those by the radical right. Among the various radical-right voices that tried to frame the event, evaluations going beyond, for example, the...

Star Trek vs. the Radical Right: Visions of a Better World

Oct 22, 2020

Science fiction has a long history of progressive politics. Probably the best-known example is the Star Trek franchise that started in the 1960s with an Asian helmsman, a navigator from Russia and a black woman as a communications officer and features non-binary and transgender characters in the upcoming third season of...

Art, Nature and the Exclusion of the Alien

Aug 13, 2020

In light of escalating environmental crises and radical-right activism around the globe, there has been renewed academic interest in how the radical right engages with environmental issues. These analyses cover radical right-wing articulations of global and abstract climate change — often, though not always, being skeptical in one way or...

What the Radical Right Thinks About Climate Change

Jun 06, 2019

Accusations of irrationalism, leveled against those in favor of climate change policies, make up the single most prominent argument. Research on climate change communication by radical-right actors, be they party or non-party, anti-liberal or anti-democratic, is still in its infancy. Indeed, so far only a few cases have been systematically...

The National Ecosystem: Radical Right and Biodiversity

Mar 14, 2019

The national ecosystem must be preserved and remain pure — free from those who do not belong. While the significance of preserving and caring for the natural environment in radical-right thought might surprise some, it is thoroughly rooted in the importance some of these actors attach to the space in...

Alternative for Germany and the Myth of National Rebirth

Sep 13, 2018

Founded in 2013 in response to the eurozone crisis, the party evolved through various stages, increasingly campaigning on a nativist ticket. Revolutionary fascists and (nominally) democratic radical-right actors have long told apocalyptic stories of national decline, of the ever-growing threat of the demise of the nation through decadence and cultural/ethnic...

Print Is Dead: Not For Germany's Radical Right

Jul 04, 2018

Extremist publications in Germany defy the belief that print is dead, and that radical-right innovation happens online. Recent years have repeatedly seen debates over the radical right’s use of online spaces, especially social media platforms, to spread ideas, to connect and to mobilize. Indeed, the (no longer so new) visibility...

The Radical Right and the Meat-Free Diet

Jun 11, 2018

It may seem counter-intuitive, but a vegetarian or even vegan diet is in no way incompatible with radical-right thinking. In her recent post for the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right, Cynthia Miller Idriss rightly emphasizes the significance of physical bodies for the radical right, in past and present....