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Conservative Radicalism in Europe and Transformations in Higher Education

Monday, December 13, 2021, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The De-/Re-Democratization Workgroup of the CEU Democracy Institute cordially invites you to the following lecture:

Conservatives, by definition, are engaged with the world of ideas and take seriously the place of higher education in shaping society and politics. Rightwing political figures in Europe, such as Marion Maréchal in France, and Viktor Orban in Hungary, have identified universities as a central object of action, and are mobilizing higher education projects that link radicalized Christian Democracy with far-right politics. Drawing from her earlier research on the sociology of conservatives in France and their “anti-gender” activism as a form of epistemic politics; to trends in far-right higher education projects in Europe, Dorit Geva will piece together how conservatism and far-right radicalism are merging in the space of intellectual production in Europe.

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About the speaker:

Dorit GevaDorit Geva is Professor and founding Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Central European University. After completing a Ph.D. in Sociology at New York University, she was the Vincent Wright Fellow in Comparative Politics at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute (2006-2007), followed by four years as a Harper Schmidt Fellow (the Society of Fellows) teaching undergraduate social theory within the University of Chicago's common core curriculum (2007-2011). She joined Central European University in Autumn 2011, and was Head of Department 2017-2019, prior to being appointed Dean. Her expertise is in political sociology, qualitative methods, sociology of gender and sexuality, and comparative and historical sociology. Her most recent work examines the merger between rightwing and neoliberal politics, especially as articulated in contemporary Hungarian politics and the post-neoliberal state, and has been published in Theory, Culture and Society; and International Affairs

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