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Climate racism and anti-democratic crisis mobilisation

As part of the seminar "Health – Climate Crisis – Communication" (BA Communication Science), the Institute for Planetary Health Behaviour at the University of Erfurt is organising a lecture on Tuesday, 18 June, in which sociologist Dr Axel Salheiser will speak about "Climate racism and anti-democratic crisis mobilisation". All interested members of the university are invited to attend. The lecture starts at 4 p.m. in C01 (Audimax building), room 0007.

It is no exaggeration to describe industrialised climate change and its consequences as the greatest global challenge of our time. This applies in particular to the associated issues of social cohesion and democratic culture. Radical right-wing parties and movements benefit from multiple crisis dynamics and have tapped into climate and energy policy as a further field of action in their cultural struggle. Axel Salheiser 's lecture will focus on the structural and ideological foundations of this phenomenon as well as the anti-democratic strategies on the climate issue and the attitudes and perceptions of the population that underpin and flank the social conflict over an ecological transformation.

The speaker is a sociologist and scientific head of the Institute for Democracy and Civil Society (IDZ) Jena. His research interests include right-wing extremism, ethnocentrism and group-focused misanthropy. As part of the IDZ's participation in the Research Institute for Social Cohesion (FGZ), Axel Salheiser is speaker of the Jena sub-institute and project manager. He is also co-author of the book "Klimarassismus" (Climate Racism), which illustrates, among other things, how those who suffer most from existing power and domination relations are most affected by the climate crisis worldwide, and how the maintenance of these relations and the delay of climate protection are intertwined.

There will be plenty of time for discussion after the lecture, so please feel free to bring questions and comments!

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