Christopher R. Fardan

Christopher R. Fardan is currently a PhD fellow at the Department of Sociology at the University of Manchester and an affiliate at the University of Oslo. His doctoral thesis focuses on ways in which nationalist activism is sustained in contemporary Norway. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork, including participant observation and in-depth interviews, in nationalist milieus, Fardan specifically puts emphasis on the importance of understanding different nationalist ideologies, individual trajectories into activism, and group-level dynamics within such spaces. Key research interests include nationalism, activism, social movements, qualitative research methods, and ethnography.

Uzair Ahmed is currently a PhD fellow at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography and an affiliate at the Center for Research on extremism at the University of Oslo. Drawing on fieldwork, including interviews with radicalised Muslims, in his upcoming work, Ahmed elucidates how Muslim men in Norway make meaning about why they adopt, maintain and reject political violence. In his forthcoming work, Ahmed also discusses how racialisation may influence research when studying radicalisation among Muslims. His research interests are race and ethnicity studies, radicalisation, religion, cultural sociology and qualitative methods.

Iris Beau Segers holds a PhD in Media and Communication, acquired at the University of Oslo, and currently works as a researcher at the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo. Her forthcoming book Mobilization against Asylum Seekers in Contemporary Urban Spaces: Not in Our Backyard is expected to come out in early 2022, as part of the Routledge Mobilization Series on Social Movements, Protest and Culture. Iris’ work combines research methods such as ethnographic fieldwork, interviews, and quantitative and qualitative content analysis. She enjoys working as an interdisciplinary scholar, studying far-right mobilization through a variety of theoretical lenses, from the fields of Media Studies, Sociology and Political Science.

Cathrine Thorleifsson (b.1982) is a Researcher at the Centre for Research on Extremism at the University of Oslo. Cathrine holds a PhD in Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (2012). She has conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork amongst far right activists in Europe, Israel and cyberspace. The past decade she has been researching and writing on nationalism, belonging, racisms and far right politics. Her recent books include: Nationalist responses to the crises in Europe: old and new hatreds (Routledge 2019) and Nationalism and the Politics of Fear in Israel (I.B. Tauris 2015). Cathrine has studied Arabic at the University of Damascus and Hebrew at the University of Haifa. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. In addition to her academic pursuits, Cathrine has carried out consultancy work for the UNDP, the World Bank, the European Commission and a number of ministries on the dynamics of far right radicalization. Cathrine frequently provides expert analysis for policy makers as well as print and broadcast media.

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