Center for Right-Wing Studies Launches Academic Journal

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The Journal of Right-Wing Studies, or JRWS, kicked off a panel Friday hosted by the Center for Right-Wing Studies, or CRWS, at UC Berkeley.

The CRWS envisioned the journal about a year ago and, following its conception, established a staff and an editorial board. According to JRWS Editor-in-Chief, CRWS Chair, and event co-host Dr. Lawrence Rosenthal, the journal’s purpose is threefold: to formalize right-wing studies, provide a platform, and support researchers in the domain and fill the gap in the right search.

The academic journal will be “non-ideological” and seeks to promote research, dialogue and debate on right-wing politics in the past, present and across the world according to their website.

During the launch event, Rosenthal briefly presented the journal. The guest speakers then discussed their research and, from their perspective, the state of “right-wing” politics and the field of study today.

“It surprises me, the transformation of the right in these years. Back then, the right was dominated by thinkers like George W. Bush and Silvio Berlusconi, who seem almost quaint these days,” Rosenthal said at the event. “Ideas and movements that were then on the fringes, the stuff of small parties and bubbling exurbans…have now played a dominant role in national and international politics.”

Rosenthal noted in an interview that the primary goal of CRWS has been to establish right-wing studies as a “true academic subject.” The center has hosted several conferences over the past few years and, as Rosenthal calls it, the CRWS is a “research hub” for right-wing scholars and a space for people from diverse backgrounds who study right-wing issues. .

As part of the speaker series that followed, comprised of right-wing scholars, Dr. Carole Joffe, professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at UCSF, discussed the intersection between her research on gender and politics and abortion access and the right. movements.

“Put simply, the field of right-wing studies involves scholarly inquiry into right-wing movements, both nationally and globally,” Joffe said in an email. “For many years, I have studied the different facets of conflict regarding reproductive health, including abortion and contraception.”

After Joffe, various speakers similarly shared their research on right-wing politics.

Rosenthal noted that the JRWS will act as a space for this research to be shared and sourced, not only for people in the field, but also for the general public.

“The launch of the Journal of Right-Wing Studies strikes me as a major development in the pursuit of the establishment of right-wing studies,” Rosenthal said at the event.

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