We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.

Durham Research Online
You are in:

On right-wing movements, spheres, and resonances : an interview with Ben Anderson and Rainer Mühlhoff.

Kemmer, Laura and Peters, Christian Helge and Weber, Vanessa and Anderson, Ben and Mühlhoff, Rainer (2019) 'On right-wing movements, spheres, and resonances : an interview with Ben Anderson and Rainer Mühlhoff.', Distinktion : journal of social theory., 20 (1). pp. 25-41.


This interview began in Hamburg and Berlin and continued virtually, as an active email exchange, between November 2017 and April 2018. Our conversation was sparked by the recent and ongoing turn to the right in global politics. It departs from exploring ‘affective modes of inquiry’, which our interview partners have applied in recent articles. We then move on to discuss the events of Brexit in the UK and the return of the far right to German Parliament in 2017, as well as recent terms such as ‘techlash’ and ‘fake news’. Against this background, we tackle the core concern of this special issue by asking for the locations of affect in the concepts of ‘affective resonance’ and ‘(atmo)spheres’. Finally, we ponder the potential of ‘affective counterpolitics’ and the challenges this brings for an academic engagement with realpolitik.

Item Type:Article
Full text:(AM) Accepted Manuscript
Download PDF
Publisher Web site:
Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Distinktion : journal of social theory on 29 November 2019 available online:
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:23 May 2019
Date of first online publication:29 November 2018
Date first made open access:29 May 2020

Save or Share this output

Look up in GoogleScholar