A Special Relationship of Hate? 50 years of the Anglo-American Far-Right

Event Date: 13 and 14 September 2012

Sunley Management Centre

Park Campus,

University of Northampton

Radicalism and New Media Group presents:

A Special Relationship of Hate? 50 years of the Anglo-American Far-Right

2012 is the 50th anniversary of the ‘Cotswold Agreement’ and the corresponding establishment of the World Union of National Socialists under the leadership of the UK’s Colin Jordan and the USA’s George Lincoln Rockwell. Since then, numerous examples of postwar fascist ‘internationalism’ are demonstrated by the interrelated development of British and American far-right ideology, culture, aesthetics and practices – found to represent, in the words of Leonard Weinberg, a leading scholar on this neglected subject, a tightly-knit ‘cultural and political affinity between right-wing extremist groups on both sides of the Atlantic, together with an increasing exchange of ideas, perspectives, forms of organization’ and more. Ranging from music and dress to shared political agendas and strategies, these ‘affinities’ will be expansively traced in this two-day international conference, to be hosted by the University of Northampton’s Radicalism and New Media Research Group (www.radicalism-new-media.org) on 13 and 14 September 2012.

Conference Programme

Thursday 13 September

Welcome and  by Doug Rae, Deputy Dean Social Sciences.

Introduction to the conference by Dr Paul Jackson (Northampton).
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Keynote Talk:

Professor Leonard Weinberg (University of Nevada) – The Far Right in Britain and America, 1962-2012

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Panel 1 – The Impact of the 1960s (Chair: Daniel Köhler)

Professor Clive Webb (University of Sussex) – Enoch Powell and the American Far Right
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Dr Paul Jackson (University of Northampton) – Colin Jordan and American Extremism
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Panel 2 – Networks of Violent Extremism (Chair: Matthew Feldman)

Daniel Köhler (EXIT-Germany) – An Axis of Hate – Recursive Influences and Networks between German, American and British Neo-Nazi Structures. A Case Study
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Mark Littler (University of Manchester) – People like us: Mapping social media linkages between the European and American far-right
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Panel 3 – The English Defence League in Context: (Chair Mark Littler)

Ruari Sutherland (University of Strathclyde) – The EDL in Britain, Scotland and internationally
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Professor Dominic Alessio (Richmond American International University, London) – English Blackshirts for the 21st Century? Comparing the English Defence League and the Italian Squadristi
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Panel 4 – Far Right Cultures (Chair: Paul Jackson)

Dr Anton Shekhovtsov (University of Northampton) – Volksfront: US and UK chapters
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Professor Jérôme Jamin (Université de Liège) – Cultural Marxism in the Anglo-Saxon radical right literature
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Panel 5: Holocaust Denial and the Legacy Of World War Two (Chair: Paul Jackson)

Dr Matthew Feldman, (University of Teesside) – First and Second Wave Fascism: Ezra Pound and British Fascists
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Curtis Bryan Robinson (independent scholar) – The Bubble of Deniability and the Great Mystery of the Third Reich
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Keynote Talk:

Dr Martin Durham (University of Wolverhampton) – The Anglo-American Far Right since the early 1960s

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Friday 14 September 2012

Welcome and introduction by Chris Moore, Executive Dean Social Sciences.

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Keynote Talk:

Leonard Zeskind (Institute for Research & Education of Human Rights) – Tea Parties and Dispossession

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Launch of Far Right Forum

with Laura Pidcock (Show Racism the Red Card), Haroon Khalil (Brighton and Hove City Council) and Dr Paul Jackson (University of Northampton)

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British Police and Community Perspectives on the Far Right

Presentation featuring William Baldet (Northamptonshire Police), Anjona Roy (Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council)

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Demos on the Far Right

Presentation led by Jonathan Birdwell (Demos)

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Show Racism the Red Card on Prejudices in Britain

Presentation by Laura Pidcock and Kate Hollingshead (Show Racism the Red Card)

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Southern Poverty Law Center on the Rising Tide of Hate in the United States

Presentation led by Ryan Lenzand and Mark Potok (Southern Poverty Law Center)

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Searchlight Magazine on the British and US Far Right

Interview with Gerry Gable (Editor, Searchlight) and conference close

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