Deadline: July 15, 2017
The spread of nationalist and authoritarian movements in Europe and around the world have prompted debates about a return of global fascism. At the same time, many countries are witnessing civil society activities opposing such movements. Politicians and activists from both camps endorse like-minded actors across borders. Do these developments suggest that we are living in a time comparable to the 1930s, when the decisive marker in national and international politics was the one between fascism and antifascism?
The conference investigates the contemporary relevance of fascism and antifascism by bringing together scholarly experts on these historical movements and actors in civil society. It will discuss the interrelatedness of fascism and antifascism, illuminate their global networks and local trajectories, analyze central characteristics and ideas, and trace shifts in discourses and practices of remembrance. Another focus are memory politics, phenomenology, current adaptations as well as the aesthetic dimensions and artistic practices associated with fascism or antifascism.
The overarching aim of the conference is to explore whether and how the histories of fascism and antifascism offer insights into the rise of authoritarian regimes today. What makes a fascist regime? What is the line separating authoritarianism from fascism? Can we identify "tipping points"? How should a civil society react to these challenges? Do antifascist movements of the 20th century offer a role model? How can insights into such historical connections benefit proponents of a democratic civil society?
01.11.2017 until 03.11.2017
Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung
The conference addresses scholars, practitioners of civic education, artists, and activists involved in projects dealing with fascism, antifascism, authoritarianism, and the advancement of democracy. Projects on politics and practices of remembrance are especially welcome. Your involvement can be professional or voluntary / non-professional. We look forward to applications from all countries, especially from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine.
The conference is held in cooperation between the Federal Agency for Civic Education, Bonn, the Hamburg Institute for Social Research, and Rutgers University, New Jersey. As part of the programme "Mapping Memories" (www.bpb.de/mapping-memories), it is generously supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.
Please send your CV and a motivational letter (300 - 500 words) describing the nature of your involvement with the above-mentioned topics and why you wish to participate in the conference to email@example.com. The deadline for submissions is 15 July 2017. Applicants are expected to be proficient in English and attend the entire conference.
There is no conference fee. For those who travel from outside Germany, travel expenses will be reimbursed up to 800 Euro (up to 300 Euro from within the EU, up to 500 Euro from other European countries, up to 800 Euro from overseas). Accommodation for participants in the central conference hotel will be provided free of charge. The conference language will be English.
Victoria Romano, Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung,