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Resurgent Racism

New responses to resurgent racism
We address the emergence of new forms of racism manifesting as nationalist populism and far-right extremism. We seek to explain the logics of emboldened white racism in Western liberal democracies, predicting it will be applicable to majoritarian racism elsewhere.

Three questions drive our work: why are increasing numbers of people attracted to racialised identities as a source of collective meaning? How do they use state power and extra-legal violence to exclude and discriminate against racialised foreigners and minorities? And to what extent are these developments responses to global processes?

Our research will:

  • map the changes of racism, including antisemitism, Islamophobia and white supremacism;
  • explore the social, historical and institutional drivers of new forms of racism;
  • develop new approaches to theorising racism; and
  • inform anti-racism policy within Australia and beyond.

Academic team

Professor Tim Soutphommasane is a political theorist who has authored five books on patriotism, multiculturalism and race. He was Race Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2013 to 2018.

Professor Dirk Moses is a modern historian who has published extensively on mass violence, including genocide, memory and (post-) colonial history.

Associate Professor Catriona Elder has a background in history and sociology and has authored two books on race and national identity in Australia. She has substantial experience in PGR and ECR mentorship (including a Vice Chancellor’s Award for PGR Supervision).

Dr David Smith is a political scientist with expertise in American politics and history, and in the overlap between religion and race.

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Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre

Turning great ideas into landmark outcomes

We use innovative and collaborative approaches to problem solving within the humanities and social sciences and beyond.

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