Michael Cole is a PhD candidate at the University of Tartu, Estonia, and a visiting researcher at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow. His dissertation, as part of the Marie Curie Horizon 2020 project ‘FATIGUE’, assesses Russia’s influence on far-right populist discourses in Georgia and Ukraine. Michael’s research interests also include the relationship between football and politics, the use of social media to normalise extreme political views, and far-right community building.
December 8th, 2020 | Season 1 | 23 mins 12 secs
extremism, history, populism, right-wing
Guest Michael Cole joins Right Rising to break down how right-wing populist leaders are using some of the world's most popular footballers for political gain. Walking us through why sport has traditionally been so important to the right-wing, he explains how major organizations like FIFA have - or have not - responded to this developing relationship.