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White Supremacy and the Far Right in North America and the UK

Online via Zoom
Wednesday 24 March 2021 (16:00-18:00)

Centre for the Study of North America

For international attendees, please note the time for this event is GMT.

The storming of the US Capitol Building in January has again highlighted the issue of violence and the far right.  Over the last five years, there have been a series of far-right terrorist attacks motivated by white supremacy and racism in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Germany and elsewhere. More broadly, there has been a mainstreaming of far-right ideas, including anti-immigrant and anti-diversity sentiments, in a number of countries. This event, involving both academics and those who attempt to address far-right hate in local communities, will reflect on the extent of the problem and possible solutions to it in the U.S., the U.K., and Canada.

Join Dr Steve Hewitt for a discussion with Prof. Barbara Perry, Ontario Tech University, Dr. Aaron Winter, University of East London, and Zubeda Limbada, Connect Futures about white supremacy and the far right in North America and the United Kingdom.

Panellist biographies:

Barbara PerryProfessor Barbara Perry, Ontario Tech University
Barbara Perry is a Professor in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at Ontario Tech University, and the Director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism. She has written extensively on hate crime. She is currently working in the areas of anti-Muslim violence, antisemitic hate crime, the community impacts of hate crime, and right-wing extremism in Canada. She is regularly called upon by policy makers, practitioners, and local, national and international media as an expert on hate crime and right-wing extremism.

Aaron WinterDr Aaron Winter, University of East London
Aaron Winter is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of East London. His research is on the far-right with a focus on racism, mainstreaming and violence. He is co-editor of Discourses and Practices of Terrorism: Interrogating Terror (Routledge 2010), Historical Perspectives on Organised Crime and Terrorism (Routledge 2018) and Researching the Far Right: Theory, Method and Practice (Routledge 2020), and co-author with Aurelien Mondon, of Reactionary Democracy: How Racism and the Populist Far Right Became Mainstream (Verso 2020). He is also on the editorial board of Identities and co-editor of the Manchester University Press (MUP) book series Racism, Resistance and Social Change.

Zubeda LimbadaMs Zubeda Limbada, ConnectFutures
Zubeda Limbada is founding director of ConnectFutures, an independent social enterprise working with young people, communities and practitioners to build resilience against extremism, violence and exploitation. A graduate of the University of Manchester where she did a BA in Politics and Modern History and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies, she worked for over 15 years in the public sector as a senior member in a number of local, national, and pan-European projects on topics such as extremism, equalities, and leadership innovation. She developed an operational accredited mentoring programme for individuals vulnerable to violent extremism during a two-year assignment with the West Midlands Police Counter Terrorism Unit, and worked for Birmingham City Council delivering aspects of the Prevent strategy from 2007.

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