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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2017, 6(10), 294; doi:10.3390/ijgi6100294

Mapping the Far Right: Geomedia in an Educational Response to Right-Wing Extremism

Department of Geography and Geology & PLUS-School of Education, University of Salzburg, Salzburg 5020, Austria
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Received: 7 June 2017 / Revised: 13 September 2017 / Accepted: 18 September 2017 / Published: 22 September 2017
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Across Europe, and probably the world, messages of the extreme right surface with increasing and alarming regularity in both public and virtual space. Within the virtual space, geomedia are increasingly used in nationalist propaganda, a trend which is embedded in a wider development in public discourse, election results, and policies. In Austria and Germany, particular sensibilities due to the responsibility for the Holocaust have developed, leading to various specific education initiatives that address this part of history. This paper presents an activist learning environment using geomedia to deconstruct right-wing extremist discourses, and has been tested used in university settings in Salzburg and Vienna. Using a combination of Instagram and geospatial technologies not visible to learners, results of reflection and learning processes are analyzed qualitatively across two slightly different enactments of the learning environment. Experiences suggest an encouraging potential of geomedia use in critical learning processes, as long as the technology is hidden from learners, forming an incentive, support, and contextualization of the learning process. View Full-Text
Keywords: learning; geomedia; education; spatial citizenship; right-wing extremism learning; geomedia; education; spatial citizenship; right-wing extremism
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Jekel, T.; Lehner, M.; Vogler, R. Mapping the Far Right: Geomedia in an Educational Response to Right-Wing Extremism. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2017, 6, 294.

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