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....POLKOM-mandag med Eviane Leidig - 'Immigrant, Nationalist and Proud'..POLKOM-Monday with Eviane Leidig - 'Immigrant, Nationalist and Proud'....

….Mandag den 17.09 inviterer POLKOM til åpent lunsjseminar med Eviane Leidig. Seminaret tar utgangspunkt i artikkelen 'Immigrant, Nationalist and Proud: A Twitter Analysis of Indian Diaspora Supporters for Brexit and Trump'. Seminaret holdes på rom 418 på IMK klokken 12.00 og er åpent for alle. Seminaret vil bli holdt på engelsk.


The Brexit referendum to leave the EU and Trump’s success in the US general election in 2016 sparked new waves of discussion on nativism, nationalism, and the far right. Within these analyses, however, very little attention has been devoted towards exploring the transnational ideological circulation of Islamophobia and anti-establishment sentiment, especially amongst diaspora and migrant networks. This article thus explores the role of Indian diaspora individuals as mediators in populist radical right discourse in the West. Following the Brexit referendum and Trump’s presidency, a number of Indian diaspora voices took to Twitter to express pro-Brexit and pro-Trump views. This article presents a year-long data collection of these users. It highlights how these diasporic Indians interact and engage on Twitter in order to signal belonging on multiple levels: as individuals, as an imaginary collective non-Muslim diaspora, and as members of (populist radical right) Twitter society. By analysing these user’s social media performativity, we obtain insight into how social media spaces may help construct ethnic and (trans)national identities according to boundaries of inclusion/exclusion. This article demonstrates how some diasporic Indian individuals become embedded into exclusivist national political agendas of the populist radical right in Western societies. -Eviane Leidig..

On Monday 17.09 POLKOM will host an open seminar with Eviane Leidig. The seminar will focus on her article 'Immigrant, Nationalist and Proud: A Twitter Analysis of Indian Diaspora Supporters for Brexit and Trump'.

The Brexit referendum to leave the EU and Trump’s success in the US general election in 2016 sparked new waves of discussion on nativism, nationalism, and the far right. Within these analyses, however, very little attention has been devoted towards exploring the transnational ideological circulation of Islamophobia and anti-establishment sentiment, especially amongst diaspora and migrant networks. This article thus explores the role of Indian diaspora individuals as mediators in populist radical right discourse in the West. Following the Brexit referendum and Trump’s presidency, a number of Indian diaspora voices took to Twitter to express pro-Brexit and pro-Trump views. This article presents a year-long data collection of these users. It highlights how these diasporic Indians interact and engage on Twitter in order to signal belonging on multiple levels: as individuals, as an imaginary collective non-Muslim diaspora, and as members of (populist radical right) Twitter society. By analysing these user’s social media performativity, we obtain insight into how social media spaces may help construct ethnic and (trans)national identities according to boundaries of inclusion/exclusion. This article demonstrates how some diasporic Indian individuals become embedded into exclusivist national political agendas of the populist radical right in Western societies. - Eviane Leidig

The seminar will be held at room 418 at IMK and starts at 12.00. The seminar will be held in English….