Historical Appropriation Among Far-Right Extremists

2:00pm - 3:30pm


On Thursday, December 10 at 2:00 p.m. ET, START hosted a virtual panel event on “Historical Appropriation Among Far-Right Extremists.” A recording of the event can be found at this link. If you have any questions, please email the START events team at start-events@umd.edu.

In this discussion, Brandeis University Assistant Professor of English Dr. Dorothy Kim explores the use of Viking culture and symbols among white supremacists, Eidolon Editor-in-Chief Dr. Donna Zuckerberg discusses the use of ancient Greek and Latin texts among online male supremacists, and START Senior Researcher Dr. Elizabeth Yates offers examples of known violent extremists and how these historical claims are made clear in their writing.

Dr. Dorothy Kim teaches Medieval Literature at Brandeis University. Her research focuses on race, gender, digital humanities, medieval women’s literary cultures, medievalism, Jewish/Christian difference, book history, digital media, and the alt-right. She was a 2013-2014 Fellow at the University of Michigan’s Frankel Institute of Advanced Judaic Studies where she drafted a monograph entitled Jewish/Christian Entanglements: Ancrene Wisse and its Material Worlds (under submission, University of Penn Press). She also has another book, The Alt-Medieval: Digital Whiteness and Medieval Studies forthcoming with the University of Minnesota Press. She has a forthcoming book with Lynn Ramey entitled Global Medieval Digital Humanities (Cambridge UP). She spent the 2018-2019 AAUW fellowship working on her next book, Race, the Crusades, and the Katherine Group.

Dr. Donna Zuckerberg is the author of Not All Dead White Men: Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age (Harvard University Press, 2018). She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2014 and is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Eidolon, a prize-winning online publication for informal Classics scholarship that had more than 1.5 million views. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the TLS, and Jezebel. She lives in California with her two sons and bulldog.

Dr. Elizabeth Yates is a Senior Researcher on the domestic radicalization team at START. She works primarily on the suite of datasets associated with PIRUS (Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States) and BIAS (Bias Incidents and Actors Study), with a special focus on far-right violence, extremism, and hate crimes. She is also a co-Principal Investigator on a multi-year NIJ-funded project studying extremist offender reintegration. In addition, Dr. Yates has taught undergraduate classes in Terrorism Studies and Sociology at the University of Maryland and the University of Pittsburgh, respectively. She earned a doctorate in Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh, and a BA in International Relations at Tufts University.