The research network Territorialisations of the Radical Right (Terra-R) discusses everyday spatial practices of the radical right in Germany. We critically question the increasing infiltration and undermining of democratic processes by radical right groups. The focus on practices of territorialisation makes clear that authoritarian, exclusionary, racist, homophobic and other discriminatory positions are not limited to so-called „fringes“, but permeate a variety of social spheres and political camps.
In Terra-R, we take a look at the spatial dimensions of the above dynamics. We examine the developments of the radical right beyond simplistic urban-rural and East-West attributions. We contribute to the development of a consistent human geography research agenda and strengthen the spatial focus in related disciplines. The contours of a promising geographical approach are elaborated in the network using the concept of territorialisation. By territorialisation, we mean an approach that understands territory not as a given, but as a social product of social action. Our approach allows for a power-critical perspective on the de- and re-territorialisation of radical right-wing everyday spaces. In this respect, this approach helps to show continuities and ruptures in the spatial practices of the radical right and its confrontation with democratic, anti-racist, feminist and anti-fascist counter-movements.
The aim of Terra-R is to analytically bring together two different forms of territorialisation: we understand the radical right both as an actor and as an object of territorialisation. Thus, we explore territorialisation on the part of the radical right, i.e. through everyday practices of appropriating, controlling or changing the attribution of meaning to spaces. Examples of this are the systematic acquisition of real estate and the practice of so-called settlement movements, as well as the creation of „spaces of fear“ and the associated displacement of democratic civil society in cities and municipalities. This also includes the construction of a right-wing „culture of memory“ and myth-making. On the other hand, we are concerned with territorialisation with regard to the radical right, i.e. with spaces of its successes and failures, especially with regard to social, discursive, political-economic and affective environments and contexts of emergence of right-wing movements. Examples are strongholds of the electorate of right-wing parties, as well as their demonstrations and campaigns, which once again become very clear in protests against Corona measures.
The discussion of counter-strategies, as well as the intensive exchange on the situation and the cooperation with local civil society is an essential part of our agenda. We welcome any invitation for exchange, consultation and support.