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Local Contexts, Extreme Politics – 01 July 2024

The National Front marching in Yorkshire, 1970. Copyright: Tav Dulay, used by CC-BY-SA 3.0 Deed – license details available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en



This one-day free online workshop is aimed at both academics and practitioners, providing a space for exploration of the importance of local contexts up extremism. It will be useful for academics working in this area, or seeking to, as well as those who engage with countering extremism or radicalisation as part of their work, whether that is local government, charity or other.


Detailed Description

Extremism often emerges with particular strength in certain areas, towns, cities and regions. These local contexts can alter the nature of this extremism, both in terms of how it presents its ideology but also in organisational and practical ways which explain its long-standing presence in some places. Understanding this local nature to extremism, rather than as a purely national phenomenon, can help us to explore the dynamics of these movements, and better inform those who seek to intervene and prevent extremism.


Designed as a space for both academics and practitioners, this one-day free online workshop is hosted by the Centre for Historical Studies and explores the local contexts in which extremism emerges and exists. Sessions will be facilitated by Dr Daniel Jones and Dr Siobhan Hyland. For more details about the team’s research profile, please check out Dr Jones PURE page.

The provisional schedule (subject to change) is:

10.15am – Welcome

10.20am – Paul Jackson (University of Northampton) – The National Socialist Group: A North East Lincolnshire Groupuscule

11.00am – Siobhan Hyland and Daniel Jones (University of Northampton) – The National Front in the East Midlands: A Local View 1967-1984

11.40am – Break

12.00pm – William Allchorn (Anglia Ruskin University) – Political Responses to the English Defence League and Britain First: the cases of Bradford and Luton

12.40pm – Lunch Break

1.40pm – Kat Williams (Cardiff University) – Locating Women’s Support for the AfD in Eastern Germany

2.20pm – Elizabeth Cleland – Extreme Beliefs and Domestic Abuse: Experiences from Oxfordshire

3.00pm – Break

3.20pm – Mike Davis (Lees-McRae College) – Where Were the Asheville Nazis? – William Dudley Pelley and the Silver Shirt Movement, 1933-1941

4.00pm – Close 

If you require any more details, please contact Dr Daniel Jones at [email protected]

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