Ico Maly
  • Warandelaan 2, Dante Building, room D 223

    5037 AB Tilburg


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Digital media, politics and the global new right


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Personal profile


Ico Maly is associate professor @ Tilburg University (The Netherlands) and Editor-in-chief Diggit Magazine (www.diggitmagazine.com). He teaches Digital Media & Politics, Discourse Analysis & Digital Media and Interaction in the Hybrid Media System. Maly wrote several books including Nieuw Rechts (New Right, Epo, 2018), De Hedendaagse Antiverlichting (Contemporary anti-Enlightenment, Epo, 2018) and Superdiversiteit in Oostende (Kif Kif, 2014),  N-VA | Analyse van een politieke ideologie (N-VA | Analysis of a political ideology) (EPO, 2012) and De Beschavingsmachine Wij en de islam. (The Civilization Machine. We and the Islam) (EPO, 2009). Together with Jan Blommaert and Joachim Ben Yakoub he wrote Superdiversiteit en democratie (Superdiversity & Democracy) (EPO, 2014). He also edited the award winning work Cultu(u)rENpolitiek. Over media, globalisering en culturele identiteiten. (Culture and Politics. About media, globalization and cultural identities.) (Garant, 2007). 

His latest book Metapolitics, algorithms and violence. Far-right activism and terrorism in the attention economy will be published by Routledge

Research interests

In my research I have a preference for an ethnographic discourse analytical approach and for research that has societal relevance. I see my research as informed by passionate rationalism, a tragic humanism and a strong commitment not only to understand society but help improve it.

In the last decade I focused on the new right and in particular how different new richt actors use digital media. In this context I wrote on new right activism, radical right politicians and parties and new right intellectuals.  

In the next decade I want to focus on algorithms, interaction and power from a digital discourse analytical approach. 

PhD supervision

I (co-) supervise several phd's in relation to my main research topics

1. Inge Beekmans: Tech companies as anti-governments or
governments ‘anew’

2. Tarik Fraihi: The contemporary revolt of the radical reactionaries. On the uptake of Julius Evola’s political philosophy of fascism.

3. Omar Dweik: Israeli and Palestinian inter-subjective beliefs, how do culture, narratives and self- identification in the online space translate to preferences for peace models?

4. Bruno Porto: The Superhero Comic Book Cover: From the Newsstands to the Digital Age

5. Eviane Leidig (Post-doc): From Keyboard Warrior to Digital Army: Mapping Far-Right Networked Publics

Current courses

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External positions

Senior fellow Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR)

1 Sept 20201 Sept 2024

Member of the expert commission radicalization (Stad Rotterdam)

1 Sept 201931 Jan 2022


  • Far Right
  • New Right
  • Superdiversity
  • migration
  • digital media
  • digital ethnography
  • politics
  • digital discourse analysis
  • ideology
  • digital platforms
  • media ideology
  • algorithmic activism
  • algorithmic populism
  • populism
  • hybrid media system


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