Julian  Göpffarth

Julian Göpffarth

PhD Candidate

European Institute

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Key Expertise
Germany, Far Right Populism, Intellectualism, Culture and Memory Politics

About me

Julian Göpffarth is a PhD candidate at the LSE’s European Institute and an 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 the far right. Central to Julian’s research are the ethnoculturalisation and racialisation of representations of the past, present and future in local far right intellectual milieus and the way its protagonists use their expertise in philosophy, history, art, literature and religion to legitimise and mobilise elite support for the far right. To do so Julian is relying on political theory, philosophy, anthropology 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 Sciences Po Paris and the LSE.

Julian's CV.


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:

Activating the socialist past for a nativist future: far right intellectuals and the prefigurative power of multidirectional nostalgia in Dresden, Social Movement Studies (2020), https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14742837.2020.1722628

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

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

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: Between Spirit, Power and the People. Intellectuals and the Populist Far Right in Germany (working title).

Academic Supervisors

Professor Simon Glendinning and Prof Esra Özyürek


Expertise Details

European Intellectual History; Far-right Philosophy; Politics of Culture and Memory; German Politics and Nationalism; Political Theory; Cultural Sociology; Political Anthropology