Fascist Ideologues Past and Present

Event Date: 4 – 5 July 2013
Teesside University Darlington
Vicarage Road
Darlington
DL1 1JW

The Centre for Fascist, Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies at Teeside University presents:

Fascist Ideologues Past and Present

This groundbreaking conference will present a variety of perspectives on leading fascist and far-right ideologues. Focussing upon the historical impact and contemporary influence of key radical right figures and ‘intellectual’ trends, such as transnationalism, metapolitics and White Power music, this event promises to bring together cutting-edge themes and speakers over two days of academic discussion.

With contributions ranging from internationally-renowned researchers to British postgraduates, this event is intended to serve several purposes: to examine the continuities and changes to (neo-)fascist ideology over the last century; to present reports and interviews on key aspects of the contemporary far-right – especially regarding the turn toward anti-Muslim prejudice and responses to Britain’s PREVENT strategy – and more generally, to formally launch the UK’s first research centre dedicated to these issues: the Centre for Fascist, Anti-fascist and Post-fascist studies at Teesside University.

Programme:

Day 1: Thursday 4th July

Panel 1:  Fascist ideologues and interwar regimes

Professor Gregory Maertz (St John’s, New York) – Modernist Art in the Service of Nazi Culture: Baldur von Schirach and the Junge Kunst im Deutschen Reich Exhibition of 1943

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Professor Dan Stone (Royal Holloway, London) – Science and mysticism in the writings of Nazi racial ideologues

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Nathan Kunkeler (Cambridge) – The evolution of Swedish fascism from National Socialism to Volkisch Racialism

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Panel 2: Fascist internationalism revisited

Dr Steffen Werther (Södertön, Stockholm) – SS Visions: the Greater Germanic ideology and propaganda during WWII and its revival in the present

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Professor Aristotle Kallis (Lancaster) – Eugenio Coselschi and Giuseppe Bottai: Perspectives on Fascist internationalism and universality

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Dr Andrea Mammone (Royal Holloway, London) – Pan-European fascists: Maurice Bardèche, Europe Action, and Alain de Benoist

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Panel 3: The European radical right, yesterday and today

Dr Elisabetta Cassina Wolff (Oslo) – The last battle against modernity: Julius Evola and the Italian radical right

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Dr Tamir Bar-On (ITESM, Querétaro) – Navigating between region, nation, and Europe: The French (European) New Right’s alternatives to modernity

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Day 2: Friday 5th July

Panel 4: Case study: Britain from ‘fascist epoch’ to post-war world

Dr Erik Tonning (Bergen) – ‘Why can’t you step on the Gas’: Ezra Pound’s Efforts to recruit Christians for Fascism in the 1930s

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Joe Mulhall (Royal Holloway, London) – A.K. Chesterton’s New Unhappy Lords and Decline of the British Empire: Antisemitic Conspiracy theories for Imperial Decline

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Dr Paul Jackson (Northampton) – Colin Jordan and post-war British neo-Nazism

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Panel 5: Fascist and neo-fascist music

Dr Graham Macklin (Huddersfield) – “Onward Blackshirts!” Music and the British Union of Fascists (BUF)

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Dr Anton Shekhovtsov (Vienna) – The (re)construction of the Enemy in neo-Nazi music

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Panel 6: Faces of the far-right today

Egil Tonning (psychologist, Bergen) – Lone-wolf terrorism and the extremist psyche: the case of Anders Behring Breivik

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Dr Andreas Önnerfors (Lund and Malmö) – ‘Leaderless Counter-Jihad’: why there are no leaders but only leading figures in the counter-jihadist milieu

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Dr Don Watts (Emeritus, Anglia Ruskin) – The Radical Right in Denmark Today

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Coffee and Panel 7: Conclusions to conference and media launch of CFAPS:

Launch of CFAPS Centre at Teesside (Sharon Paterson)

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The far-right and the PREVENT agenda (Paul Jordan)

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Launch of Tell MAMA report (Professor Nigel Copsey)

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Launch of Prevent training-packages (Dr Matthew Feldman)

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