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Authoritarianism on the Continuum

The 2019-20 colloquium focused on myriad forms of opposition and resistance to right-wing authoritarian movements and regimes around the world, including artistic activity and public protest. Click here to watch the events.

The past decade has seen the rise and increasing popularity of right-wing authoritarian movements, parties, and regimes around the world. While many countries conduct democratic elections and their leaders govern through popular mandate, often times new and emerging leaders employ discursive, ideological, and political strategies and leadership styles that draw upon the authoritarian populism of the first half of the twentieth century. 

The 2019-20 colloquium, Authoritarianism on the Continuum: Complicity, Opposition and Dissent, explored current manifestations of authoritarianism and public responses voicing both complicity and dissent. The series identified unique features of present authoritarianism that impact QCC’s students and other members of our community in order to better understand and to oppose fully formed and incipient symptoms of authoritarianism.

The colloquium was organized by the 2019-20 KHC-NEH Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Julia Rothenberg, Associate Professor of Sociology at Queensborough Community College-CUNY.