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    The Nordic populist radical right and LGBTQ rights

    Higher seminar in Political Science with Ann-Cathrine Jungar (Södertörn University) and Emil Edenborg (Swedish Institute of International Affairs). The seminar is co-hosted with CBEES.

    Ann-Cathrine Jungar (Södertörn University) and Emil Edenborg (Swedish Institute of International Affairs) will present a paper with the title "The Nordic populist radical right and LGBTQ rights".

    Discussants: Nicholas Aylott and Ellinor Hamrén

    Populist radical right (PRR) parties in Europe have been reluctant and in many cases openly hostile to the advancement of rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people. In most cases, their opposition to LGBTQ rights have been part of a wider package of social conservative views on issues such as gender equality, abortion, family policy and a rejection of what is sometimes referred to as the “1968 legacy” of sexual liberation. In the Nordic countries, PRR parties are facing a particular challenge on issues of sexual rights. While the Danish People’s Party, Norway’s Progress Party, the Sweden Democrats and the True Finns all historically share, albeit to various degrees, the conservative views on family policy that typically have characterized this kind of parties, they are active in political landscapes where the resonance of such ideas is relatively limited. Certainly in Denmark and Sweden, and to a lesser extent in Norway and Finland, the idea of being a “progressive”, “modern” and “tolerant” country is closely related to national identity and has become part of the countries’ self-images. The paper investigates how the Danish People’s Party, Norway’s Progress Party, the Sweden Democrats and the True Finns are positioning themselves on issues of gay inclusion and trans rights. The comparative perspective allows us to identify similarities and differences between the parties, both as regards the actual positions taken and the arguments used to support those positions. We analyse each party’s positions on LGBTQ rights with the help of five analytic dimensions: 1) views on the family and same-sex couples, 2) ideas of gender difference and especially masculinity, 3) trans issues, 4) the party’s relation to Pride and 5) to what extent Islam is used as a point of reference and whether gay inclusion is portrayed as a marker of national pride. The comparative analysis is based on official party documents, party leadership statements and other party-related sources, such as blogs and social media material.

    The seminar is followed by coffee and cookies. If you are a participant from outside Södertörn University, please email nina.carlsson@sh.se in order to access the seminar room. Welcome!

    Tid och plats

    När: onsdag 21 november kl. 13:00-14:30

    Vad: högre seminarium

    Var: Room ME 0014, on floor zero in the E-wing, main building, Södertörn University, Campus Flemingsberg

    Arrangeras av: Political Science at the School of Social Sciences, Södertörn University

    Evenemangsspråk: engelska