Disputation: Eviane Leidig

Master of Sociology Eviane Leidig will be defending her dissertation for the degree of Ph.D. (philosophiae doctor) at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography.

Reconfiguring nationalism: Transnational entanglements of Hindutva and radical right ideology

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Eviane Leidig

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Trial lecture: What does Hindu nationalism in India today tell us about the international far-right today?


Adjudication Committee:

  • Professor Chetan Bhatt, Department of Sociology, London School of Economics
  • Associate Professor Gabrielle Elgenius, Department of Sociology and Work Science, Gothenburg University
  • Professor emerita Lise Kjølsrød, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo

Chair of Defence:

  • Professor Katrine Fangen, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo


  • Professor Torkel Brekke, Department of International Studies and Interpreting Education, Oslo Metropolitan University
  • Professor Inger Furseth, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo

‘India will have a true friend in the White House’

Why did Donald Trump hold a rally for Indian Americans three weeks before the 2016 election? Similarly, why did 40% of British Indians vote Leave in the Brexit referendum less than six months earlier?

Leidig’s recent study explores these events by looking at the connections between Hindutva (or Hindu nationalism)—an ideology originating in India—and the Brexit and Trump campaigns. In her dissertation, she reveals how the Indian diaspora in the UK and US have played a key role in creating transnational ties between these radical right movements.

The Indian diaspora has a long history of political activism in the UK and US through community organisations and advocacy groups that promote Hindutva in order to create an ethnic minority identity in Western societies. At the foundation of these efforts is an anti-Muslim agenda. Leidig’s research shows that this offers an opportunity for those in the India diaspora to build alliances with radical right actors.

One of the ways in which the Indian diaspora mobilises support for the radical right is through online networks. Leidig’s dissertation examines social media activity and interactions of Indian diaspora users who create online communities. She argues that online spaces characterised by Islamophobia and anti-establishment views can result in offline political realities such as the Brexit vote and Trump presidency.


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Publisert 6. mars 2020 15:27 - Sist endret 24. nov. 2020 12:02