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Dear All

 

I just wanted to remind you about an event taking place in Silverstone on Friday May 26th - the SCCS Annual Conference, which this year has the title Echoes of Fascism in Contemporary Culture, Politics and Society. I'm copying more info below.  It would be wonderful to see you there. 

 

For more details, including programme and precise rooms/times, please keep checking the website and look out for emails sent closer to the time: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/sccs/activities/echoesoffascism

 

We'd also be grateful if you could circulate to anyone who might be interested. 

 

Many thanks and best wishes.

 

Malcolm

 

 

 

SUSSEX CENTRE FOR CULTURAL STUDIES

Annual Conference

FRIDAY MAY 26TH 2017, University of Sussex (School of Media, Film and Music)

 

Echoes of Fascism in Contemporary Culture, Politics and Society

 

Keynote speakers:

 

Dr Gholam Khiabany (academic and political journalist, author of Blogistan)

Angela Nagle (author of Ireland Under Austerity and Kill All Normies)

Professor Arlene Stein (author of Reluctant WitnessesThe Stranger Next DoorSex and Sensibility)

Dr Sarah Tobias (feminist theorist and activist, author of Trans Studies)

 

To bookhttp://onlineshop.sussex.ac.uk/product-catalogue/conference-seminars/school-of-media-film-and-music/echoes-of-fascism-in-contemporary-culture-politics-and-society

 

 

‘Every age has its own fascism’ – Primo Levi

 

Within the past year, we have witnessed a number of alarming social and political developments in the UK and globally. The success of the Brexit campaign in the UK, the election of Donald Trump in the USA and his recent imposition of a travel ban, have all been dependent on racially charged ideologies, and accompanied by a notable rise in racist, misogynist, and homophobic attacks in the UK and in other Western countries, as the Far Right mobilises and becomes more legitimated.

 

In broad terms, this conference poses questions around our ethical responsibilities (as academics, community organisations, and human beings) vis-à-vis these developments:

 

  • as the neoliberal consensus frays, how do we respond to resurgent nationalism?
  • how can, or should, we respond to the backlash against pluralism, the rise of the alt-right, and the waves of ‘populist’ movements that are sweeping across the West?

 

More specifically, the conference will provide an opportunity to consider the historical backdrop of contemporary conservative movements. Parallels have frequently been drawn in the media between, for example, 1930s German fascism and the contemporary political and social landscape. We thus seek to question:

 

  • to what extent are we currently seeing ‘echoes’ of past fascist movements?

 

If every age has its own fascism, as Levi has argued:

  • can we learn from the history of fascist movements in a way that will help us to understand our contemporary situation?

 

Finally,

  • how can we put these lessons into practice as we mobilise against racism, misogyny, homophobia, and xenophobia?

 

The conference is particularly interested in: past fascist movements and their bearing on the present; the rise of the alt-right and new right-wing populism; the right-wing critique of neoliberal globalisation; the current state of, and threats to, human rights, reproductive rights, rights of freedom of movement, LGBTQ rights, and social democracies; feminist activism (past and present); and racialised public discourse. We will also consider these issues through the prism of film, visual culture, literature, memory studies, and creative practice.

 

The conference will take place at the Silverstone Building, University of Sussex (Falmer campus, UK), and bring together people working in academia, community/activist organisations,  think tanks and the media.

 

The conference fee is £120 for the standard rate, £40 for the unwaged, and £25 for students.

If you represent a community or activist organisation we may be able to support your attendance via a special fund. Please contact us!

 

Email enquiries to: [log in to unmask]

For programme details see: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/sccs/activities/echoesoffascism

 

Conference team: Matilda Mroz (director), Malcolm James, Sally R Munt, Robert Topinka and Victoria Walden of the Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies.

 


Dr Malcolm James

Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies


Associate Director, Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/sccs



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