Founder’s Main Lecture Theatre
Royal Holloway University of London
Professor Richard Wolin (CUNY) – The French Front National and the challenge to Europe’s democracies
This lecture will discuss the challenge posed by Marine Le Pen’s far right-wing Front National. Many seem to believe that this party, like a number of similar ones across Europe, has moderated its ideology and even become “mainstream”. Is this the case? Has racism disappeared? How would France’s society eventually work under Le Pen? Such questions are assuming growing relevance due to the French presidential election of April-May 2017, Donald Trump’s breakthrough, and the coming elections in the Netherlands and Germany.
Chair: Dr Andrea Mammone (RHUL Department of History
Discussant: Dr Giacomo Benedetto (RHUL Department of Politics and International Relations)
Richard Wolin is Distinguished Professor of history, political science, and comparative literature at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. He is the author of Heidegger’s Children: Hannah Arendt, Karl Löwith, Hans Jonas, and Martin Heidegger, The Seduction of Unreason: The Intellectual Romance with Fascism from Nietzsche to Postmodernism, and The Wind from the East: French Intellectuals and the Chinese Cultural Revolution (all with Princeton University Press). His articles have appeared in Dissent, The Nation, Los Angeles Review of Books, and The New Republic.
Introduction by Dr Andrea Mammone (RHUL):
Response by Dr Giacomo Benedetto (RHUL) and audience questions