The Normalization of Colonial Continuity: anti-migration discourse and gender toxicology

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


The lecture introduces some of the core arguments of my recent book (co-authored with Scott Poynting) Normalization of the Global Far Right; Pandemic Disruption?, focusing on the second chapter.
The underlying argument of the book as well as of this chapter is that the boundary between extremist racist perspectives and ‘normal’ entitlement discourses, the latter be regarded as anchored in majority claims and exercised through territorialized democratic rights (e. g. voting), is blurred.
First, I will scrutinize the ‘normalisation’ of liberal and ‘queer’ modes of lifestyle alongside binary gender regimes. More recent discussions of ‘homonationalism’ (Puar, 2007) and ‘femonationalism’ (Farris, 2017) are of interest here. Second, I will critically assess the terminology of ‘toxic’ (‘toxic masculinity’) and the prevalence of anti-gender far right movements.
In what ways could the analysis of these normalization processes help to make sense of the emergence of xenophobic populist developments in Ireland, too, and the troubling lack of alternative and inclusive visions of social solidarity?
Period22 Feb 2023
Held atUniversity College Cork, Ireland
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Normalization of the Far Right
  • racism
  • Ireland
  • gender toxicology
  • national migration debates