Julian  Göpffarth

Julian Göpffarth

PhD Candidate

European Institute

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Key Expertise
German culture and politics, Far and New Right, Nationalism

About me

Julian Göpffarth is a PhD candidate at the LSE’s European Institute and a ECR Fellow at the Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right. Julian's work focuses on the intellectual support for the populist far right in East Germany, the ideological transformations informing it and the role intellectuals play in legitimising the far right. Julian focusses on the far right’s representations of the past, present and future and in how far these are used to mobilise elite support. To do so Julian is relying on political theory, philosophy and ethnographic fieldwork.

Prior to the PhD Julian worked for the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) and for a member of the European Parliament. During his time at the EPRS he worked in the Global Trends Unit and researched on processes of radicalization and possible policy responses.

After completing his BA in European Mediaculture in Weimar and Lyon, Julian spent one year in Istanbul studying International Relations and intercultural communications. He holds an MSc in European Affairs from SciencesPo Paris and the LSE.


Selected media publications:

Germany’s New Ultranationalist Intelligentsia, Foreign Policy (2019). Website Link

Can left nationalism stop the rise of the far-right in Germany? Open Democracy (2019). Website Link

Following Austria's Kurz will not save German conservatives, EU Observer (2018). Website Link

The far-right’s online party. How Germany's AfD uses the internet to spread its message. The World Today, Chatham House (2018). Website Link

How Alternative für Deutschland is trying to resurrect German nationalismNew Statesman (2017). Website Link

The rise of Germany’s AfD: From ordoliberalism to new right nationalism and into the Bundestag? LSE EUROPP Blog (2017).  Website Link


Academic publications:

Book review: Dangerous Minds: Nietzsche, Heidegger, and the Return of the Far Right by Ronald BeinerNations and Nationalism, Vol. 25, Issue 1 (2019).

'Rethinking the German nation as German Dasein: Intellectuals and Heidegger’s philosophy in contemporary German New Right nationalism'Journal of Political Ideologies (forthcoming). 

Between the “Street” and the “Salon,” the Local and the National: Mediating Intelligentsia and the German New Right in Dresden, in: Miller-Idriss, C; Shea, Nicole; Virchow, Fabian: Radicalism and Violence in Europe,Europe Now Journal, Issue 21, Council for European Studies,Columbia University (2018). Website Link


Research topic

Working title: Masters of Time. Intellectual Support and Conceptions of Time in Contemporary German New Right Nationalism.

Academic Supervisors

Professor Simon Glendinning and Dr Esra Özyürek


Expertise Details

German culture and politics; Far and New Right; Nationalism; Intellectual History; Political Theory