Agnieszka Pasieka is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Institute for East European History, University of Vienna. In 2011/12 she was a Bronislaw Geremek Junior Visiting Fellow at the IWM.
In my paper, I am going to discuss some findings of my current research project, entitled “Transnational Nationalism,” which studies transnational exchanges among various radical right-wing/nationalist groups maintaining distinct, and at times mutually exclusive, aims and interests. Focusing on both nationalist groups’ cooperation across Europe and their engagement “on the ground,” my paper seeks to understand the ongoing socio-political changes through an analysis of activism beyond the strictly political sphere. More specifically, in discussing social and cultural initiatives pursued by youth activists, the paper shows how such actions can appeal to wider sensibilities and become potentially transformative elements within a larger socio-cultural landscape. Last but not least, by presenting case-studies from several European countries, it also aims at problematizing a view which continues to dominate in political sciences as well as in popular (mass media) discourse: that of a great difference between radical right-wing movements in “postcommunist” and “Western” Europe.