Ohio and Saxony - Postindustrialism and Right-Wing Populism

A Talk and Q&A with Friedrich Wolfgang Opitz

Monday, June 11, 2018 | 5 pm - 7 pm | GWZ, 3 5.15

Who is responsible for the rise of right-wing populism in the transatlantic sphere? This question has sparked a contested debate on both sides of the Atlantic, a debate which often revolves around the role of social groups like manufacturing workers. Friedrich Wolfgang Opitz has interviewed union representatives in Ohio and Saxony to find out more about this group of workers whose lives have changed substantially due to deindustrialization and globalization. His findings allow to develop a more nuanced understanding of the connection between postindustrialism and recent right-wing populist successes.

Friedrich will share his research with the attendees of the event, and is prepared to answer questions afterwards.  

Friedrich graduated from ASL in 2017. He was a BA Plus Fellow at Ohio University’s Global Leadership Center in 2016. Currently, Friedrich is enrolled as a graduate student at Dresden University’s School of International Studies.

The talk is free and open to the public. It is part of the BA seminar “The North American Rust Belt: Deindustrialization and its Consequences in the Detroit-Windsor Region.”