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2nd Summer School on Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics

In light of the coronavirus situation across Europe, the Summer School on Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics, scheduled to take place at the Centre for Research on Extremism (C-REX), Oslo, from 29 June – 3 July, has been postponed to 2021. Dates to be announced. We will contact all participants directly via email with further details.

The second instalment of this Summer School organised by our Standing Group on Extremism and Democracy will address young scholars and students, focusing on the study of the far right in its radical, populist, and extremist manifestations, with an aim to bolster and promote knowledge on the theoretical, empirical, and methodological underpinnings of contemporary far-right politics.

The Summer School will introduce you to concepts and theories explaining the conditions affecting far-right mobilisation and performance; and methods to tackle this phenomenon empirically. Despite the growing attention received by far-right political parties, social movements, and groups, we still lack a comprehensive conceptual and methodological toolkit to investigate its diverse expressions in multiple arenas. The Summer School will thus address young scholars and students, and discuss how to apply established research techniques to the study of far-right politics, and devise and manage primary and secondary data. 

What to expect

  • Five teaching days (a total of 25.5 hours of didactic activities)
  • Two keynote speeches
  • Five classes on the main concepts and theories for the study of the far right
  • Eight methods classes
  • Daily afternoon sessions for the presentation of student projects

Learning outcomes

The Summer School will create an interactive learning environment and provide opportunities to:

  • Learn and familiarise with the conceptual and theoretical foundations of far-right politics, and draw on comparative empirical expertise on far-right mobilisations, electoral performances, and violent manifestations;
  • Understand the rationale and practices of a number of methods employed to study far-right politics, at the micro, meso, and macro level;
  • Develop the skills to confidently rely on mixed-method approaches and methodological pluralist practices in their own research projects;
  • Present ongoing research and receive feedback from leading scholars in the field;
  • Network with junior and senior scholars.


The Summer School is open to all students already enrolled in a PhD programme. Participants to the Summer School will be asked to write and submit a 6,000-8,000-word Paper by, and no later than, 1 June 2020. The Paper will be presented during the Summer School, providing a unique experience for discussion and feedback from established scholars. English will be the working language; students are expected to have a good command of written and spoken English. Participants will be also required to complete mandatory readings for morning lectures and to actively engage in discussion during morning and afternoon sessions.


There is a fee of €250 to participate in the Summer School. The fee includes: light lunches and dinners, one social dinner, academic material, computing and internet facilities. Travel and accommodation costs are not included.

Call for Applications is currently closed and all applicants have been notified of the decision.

Summer School Convenors

Pietro Castelli Gattinara, C-REX, University of Oslo
Andrea L. P. Pirro, Scuola Normale Superiore

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