Anti-Authoritarianism - Ideas and Strategies for the 21st Century

Welcome to the book launch in connection with the publication of Nina Witoszek’s latest study, The Origins of Anti-Authoritarianism.

In order to discuss ideas and strategies for dealing with the current increase in authoritarianism, we have invited an exciting group of scholars and activists, including Bernt Hagtvet, Iyad el-Baghdadi, Roger Griffin and David Sloan Wilson.


Chair:  Bernt Hagtvet

18.30 – 18.45: Nina Witoszek - Introductory remarks on The Origins of Anti-authoritarianism (Routledge 2018)

18-45 – 19.05: Roger Griffin Oxford Brookes - comment

19.05 – 19.25: David Sloan Wilson State University of New York (SUNY) - comment

19.25 – 20.15: Panel

  • Iyad el Baghdadi, Civita
  • Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, UiO
  • Peter Normann Waage

20.15 – 20.30 Questions and Comments from the Audience


Nina Witoszek is research professor at SUM, Oslo University and Director of the Arne Naess Programme on Global Justice and the Environment. She is also an award-winning fiction writer (see Nina FitzPatrick)  

Bernt Hagtvet is Professor Emeritus at Oslo University and Professor II at Bjørknes College in Oslo.  He is one of Norway’s most prolific scholars and writers on totalitarianism, genocide and human rights.

Roger Griffin is professor at Oxford Brookes University. He is one of the world’s leading experts on authoritarian and totalitarian regimes, movements and ideologies and has worked as a consultant for Interpol.

David Sloan Wilson is SUNY Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology at Binghamton University.  His latest work includes studies of altruism and the ways evolutionary biology can be used in novel ways to understand the interaction between genes and human cultures.

Iyad el Baghdadi is a Palestinian human rights activist and blogger, currently Fellow at Civita.

Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam is professor of molecular neuroscience at the University of Oslo and the award-winning leader of Human Rights Iran.

Petter Norman Waage is a journalist and the author of numerous books and essays about Russia. 


Tags: Totalitarisme, demokrati, Democracy
Published Mar. 8, 2019 11:47 AM - Last modified Apr. 26, 2019 1:44 PM