The Project

Conditions of acceptability in socio-spatial and digital environments

CuRe brings together five research teams from Austria, Croatia, Germany, Serbia and Sweden. Its goal is to better understand the shift in everyday life towards polarization and radicalization that has occurred in recent years, and the successes of right-wing movements and parties in Europe. Our research starts from the premise that cultures of rejection emerge as the result of crises in Europe’s democracies, as well as due to changes in national institutions and civil society. Since rejection is a threat to all forms of social cohesion and peaceful coexistence, the project seeks to study the conditions that have led to the rejection of, among else, immigration, political elites, media and cultural values such as gender equality and sexual liberty.

reSearch environments

Workplaces in the retail and logistics sectors make up the primary research environment for our investigation of cultures of rejection. Workplaces constitute exceptionally lively sites for the expression of social attitudes and daily routines. CuRe focuses on workers in the retail and logistics sectors, given the profound transformations entailed by processes of digitalisation, precarization, and labour casualization in these sectors. We collaborate closely with representatives of trade unions and members of shop-floor organizations to identify relevant workplaces, gain access to sites, and recruit respondents.

Research in digital environments proceeds from the fact that ‘online’ and ‘offline’ aspects of the social world have become “intermeshed in interwoven human practices and social worlds” (Kozinets 2015: 69). The act of going online has been replaced by simply being online amidst an ecology of devices, software, and infrastructures. Everyday social interactions repeatedly cross the threshold between ‘online’ and ‘offline’ and blur traditional notions of space.

Experiences of transformation and crisis take place in everyday social relations outside the workplace and can affect patterns of consumption, mobility, care work, leisure activities, or voluntary work. Therefore, we also investigate the emergence, negotiation and contestation of cultures of rejection in larger socio-spatial environments.

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Join us in an online discussion with Eva von Redecker, Richard Seymour, Manuela Bojadžijev, Stefan Jonsson and Birgit Sauer. The event will take place on January 13, 2021, 6:00 - 7:45 pm (CET). To register, please send an email to


Welcome to a panel discussion on the ways we live, work, fear, hate and dream in contemporary Europe – with some of the foremost thinkers in the area of right-wing politics, populism, nationalism and racism. In the Documentation you can find the video of the Panel discussion.


05.03.2020 - 07.03.2020

In den letzten zehn Jahren entfaltete sich weltweit ein neuer Zyklus autoritärer, antidemokratischer, neoliberaler, rechtskonservativ bis völkisch orientierter gesellschaftlicher Dynamik. Umso bewusster wird, dass die Erfolge emanzipatorischer Kämpfe der Vergangenheit und Gegenwart oftmals fragiler sind als angenommen.

AKG Website

CuRe Research Team (2021)

Cultures of rejection in the Covid-19 crisis
Ethnic and Racial Studies


Bojanic, Sanja (2019)

Retorica dell’emancipazione vs. retorica della misoginia
Pensare la violenza con Judith Butler


Bojadžijev, Manuela (2019)

Die Logistik der Migration. Ethnographische und epistemische Perspektiven
Johler, R. und Lange, J. (Hg.): Konfliktfeld Flucht Migration. Historische und ethnographische Perspektiven“. Münster: Transkript

Opratko, Benjamin (2020)

Die Kultur der Ablehnung
Tagebuch 16-18



Cultures of rejection are practices, discourses and cultural formations based on values, norms and affects or political attitudes constituted in and through the rejection of a set of socio-cultural objects. More than just a gesture of protest, they are “modes of living,” or ways of being in the world.


The decade of the 2010s was characterized by right-wing populists’ obsession with gender. In fact, the success of right-wing populists needs to be understood with respect to transformations of gender relations. Right-wing populism joined the anti-feminist movement against gender that was originally launched by the Vatican with the dual aim of re-establishing a traditional gendered division of labor and a clear gender binary and also ending gender equality policies and sexual diversity.