Into the Arms of the Far Right: The New Temptation of French Catholicism (First of three seminars in the Populism and Religion Series, spring 2023) — Anne Guillard
For decades, the historically dominant Catholic Church in France has strongly opposed the far right. More recently, however, there have been cracks in this Catholic bastion against far-right politics. Catholic hierarchies have gradually retreated from politics, while conservative Catholic laypeople have sought to erode traditional taboos by forming a union of the rights. Meanwhile, the Rassemblement National and the new party Reconquête! of Eric Zemmour are increasingly referencing Christianity in their right-wing identity politics. We will investigate these recent dynamics between Catholicism and the far-right in France.
Anne Guillard conducts post-doctoral research at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) and Oxford University (United Kingdom), funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Her research focuses on the political theory of public reason and on the religious claims to integrate these claims into public reason. She holds a double doctorate in Political Theory from Sciences Po Paris (France) and in Christian Theology from the University of Geneva (Switzerland).
Meeting ID: 621 5261 6728
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