Panel Presentation (continued):
Psychohistorical Aspects of the Global Rise of the Radical Right and Authoritarian Populism
Panelists: Brigitte Demeure, Ken Fuchsman, Karyne Messina, Peter Petschauer, Kenneth Rasmussen (60 min)

Peter Petschauer: Vladimir Putin and the Rediscovery of Russia’s Past Glories (30 min)

Abstract: pending

Bio: Peter W. Petschauer is Professor Emeritus, Appalachian State University. Most recently published two poetry books and a historical analysis (in German) of the village in Northern Italy in which I grew up; both published in 2022. Now in final stages of a third poetry book and a short novel (in German) about a Roman girl who lived in Noricum during the reign of Antonius Pius.

Kenneth Rasmussen: Psychohistorical Aspects of the Global Rise of the Radical Right and Authoritarian Populism (30 min)

Abstract: There is a need, given the recent global upsurge of the radical right and authoritarian populism, for psychohistorians today to both apply the insights of past scholarly analyses and to forge new insights to understand recent developments and trends within far-right extremism. Using both traditional psychological perspectives and those of contemporary psychoanalytic trauma research, this paper will provide a global overview of the psychic consequences of economic crisis, the COVID pandemic, increased immigration, internet-fueled fanatic ultranationalist and radical religious ideology, and the disruptive impact of the digital world of social media, in shaping specific political leaders and movements in Brazil, Argentina, India and Australia. It will describe some broader psychohistorical themes and patterns that these nations now have in common with the US, Western Europe, and Russia, that increasingly characterize the global populist radical right.

Bio: Kenneth Rasmussen, PhD, PsyD, is an independent scholar with PhD in Modern History from UCLA and a practicing psychotherapist with a certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

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