Book Launch: The Politics of Replacement, Demographic Fears, Conspiracy Theories, and Race Wars - Prof. Dr. Sarah Bracke, Dr. Luis Manuel Hernandez Aguilar - Research Factory B/ORDERS IN MOTION
Room HG 109 & online via Zoom
The presentation will explore current demographic conspiracy theories and their entanglement with different forms of racism and exclusionary politics such as sexism by focusing on population replacement conspiracy theories, i.e. those imaginaries and discourses centered on the idea that the national population is under threat of being overtaken or even wiped out by those considered as “alien” to the nation, and that this is the result of concerted efforts by “elites”. The presentation will delve into (1) exploring the historical background of the current rise of demographic conspiracy theories; (2) tracing the (neoliberal) governmentalities in and through which replacement discourse operates; (3) analysing the particularly intense focus on the threat of Muslims in contemporary replacement conspiracy theories, and (4) investigating the connection between replacement conspiracies, gender, and violence.
The Politics of Replacement Demographic Fears, Conspiracy Theories, and Race Wars