Neo-Turanism and its performance: everyday geopolitics of the Hungarian far right

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Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
Room 309
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 3:30pm
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Chair: Xymena Kurowska, IRES

Hungary's far-right party Jobbik (Movement for a Better Hungary) has a peculiar geopolitical imagination. Articulated as Turanism, it is based on a historical ideology that aspires for terminating Hungary's alliance with the Euro-Atlantic community and forming a cultural, political and economic alliance with the "Uralo-Altaic" race thus Turks of Turkey, Turkic people of Central Asia, Tatars, etc, instead. Intrigued by the revival of such a radical geopolitical imagination in the midst of Europe, I will first seek to scrutinize in this presentation the (re) emergence of Turanism and its resonance within the contemporary Hungarian society through an investigation of the everyday. In so doing, I will then attempt to advance theoretical debates about geopolitics at the everyday level in order to offer suggestions about the ways in which everyday practices, desires, insecurities rituals and beliefs and high geopolitics co-constitute each other to foster radical paraconsistent geopolitical imaginations.