Event Date: 7 March 2013
The Wiener Library
29 Russell Square,
London WC1B 5DP
British Fascism, Anti-Fascism and Jewish Defence
This one-day conference is held in partnership with The Board of Deputies of British Jews. The conference will be facilitated by Dr Toby Simpson (The Wiener Library), Dr Daniel Tilles (Jagellonian University) and Mike Whine MBE (The Board of Deputies of British Jews/Community Security Trust).
Welcome and Introduction by Dr Toby Simpson and Mike Whine MBE
Opening remarks by Professor David Feldman (Birkbeck)
Panel 1: The Interwar Period
Chair: Professor Geoffrey Alderman (Buckingham).
Dr Daniel Tilles (Jagellonian University Krakow, Poland) – Reinterpreting the Board of Deputies’ Response to Domestic Fascism, 1936 – 39
Professor Tony Kushner (University of Southampton) – Spoiling the Quiet of the Area: Reflections on Mass-Observation, the East End and the British Union of Fascists
Andrea Rinaldi (University of Bergen, Norway) – Tracking Fascism Across Boundaries: the Ezra Pound/Alexander Raven Thomson Correspondence 1934 – 1940
Panel 1 Discussion
Panel 2: The Second World War and its Aftermath
Chair: Professor Colin Holmes (Sheffield).
Joe Mulhall (Royal Holloway, University of London) – The Unbroken Thread: British Fascism during World War II
Dr Graham Macklin (University of Huddersfield) – The Jewish Defence Committee and its post-war Intelligence Activities against British Fascism
Dr Nicholas Burkitt (University of Exeter) – The Post-War Fascist Threat: A 43 Group Perspective of Fascist Membership
Panel 2 Discussion
Panel 3: The Contemporary Radical Right
Chair: Mike Whine MBE.
Professor Nigel Copsey (Teeside University) – “Fascism…but with an open mind”. Reflections on the Contemporary Right-wing Extremism
Dr John E. Richardson (Loughborough University) – Surface and Depth: Racial Populism and Antisemitism in British Fascist Discourse
Dr Paul Jackson (University of Northampton) – Colin Jordan’s Literary Evocations of neo-Nazism
Panel 3 Discussion