1. Dezember 2016 , 10:00 Uhr - 2. Dezember 2016 - 18:00 Uhr
Tagung / Seminar / Workshop

Transnationalization of the Far Right: the Case of Interwar and Present-Day Europe


Our conference aims at contributing to the debate on the issues of resurging xenophobia, expansion of far right (including right extremism and populism) by reflecting on the transnational dimensions of far-right activism. Drawing inspirations from the transnational history approach, we propose an analysis of complex, synchronic and diachronic, cross-territorial and cross-temporal exchanges between far right ideologies and practices, focusing on two historical periods: the 1930s and the post-1989 era. We are particularly interested in exploring:

•    How does the crisis of models of liberal democratic politics and economy manifest and how is it expressed? How do new, alternative models emerge?
•    How are legitimation discourses being construed across different movements, regions, and forms of activism?
•    What are the platforms of cooperation between different far-right actors? What role new media have played in the process of internationalization?
•    How does the broadly understood language of far right reflect mutual influences and connections (or lack thereof)?
•    How does the idea of “Europe” feature in the far-right discourse? How do the processes of “Europeanization” relate to the far-right transnational activism?


Thursday, December 1, 2016

10:00-10:30 Registration and coffee
10:30-11:00 Welcome & introductory remarks
11:00-13:00 Opening session: Far-Right Scene in the Long 20th Century
Chair: Agnieszka Pasieka, University of Vienna
Mabel Berezin, Cornell University, Ithaca
Security Crises: Extreme Nationalism and Threats to Democracy in Europe

Harold James, Princeton University
Can There Be a Fascist International? Some Historical Reflections

Jürgen Kocka, Berlin Social Science Center
Capitalism, Kapitalismuskritik and democracy: a long-term perspective
13:00-14:30 Lunch
14:30-16:00 Session II: European Far-Right Actors of the Interwar Era
Chair: Philipp Ther, University of Vienna
Arnd Bauerkämper, Free University of Berlin
Asymmetric Exchange and Conflict in a Changing Magnetic Field. Conceptual Deliberations on Investigations of Transnational Fascism in Europe from 1922 to 1945

Robert Gerwarth, University College Dublin
Anti-Bolshevism and the Transnationalization of the European Right in Interwar Europe

António Costa Pinto, University of Lisbon
The Diffusion of Right-Wing Authoritarian Models and Institutions in the 1930s. A Success Story?
16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-18:00 Session III: Exchanges and Mutual Influences among European Fascisms
Chair: Philipp Lesiak, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Research on Consequences of War, Graz
Rory Yeomans, University College London
Primordial Frontiersmen and Political Tourists: Travel Writing, Transnational Encounters and Discourses of Europeanness in Fascist Croatia

Izabela Mrzygłód, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
Student Leaders at the University of Warsaw and the Model of Far-Right Leadership in the 1930s

Oliver Schmitt, University of Vienna
Faschismus auf Augenhöhe? Das transnationale Selbstverständnis des rumänischen Legionarismus
Friday, December 2, 2016
9:30-10:00 Coffee
10:00-11:30 Session IV: Visual Culture, Transgression, and the Language of Protest
Chair: Ingo Zechner, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society, Vienna
Virag Molnar, New School for Social Research, New York
The Toolkit of Nationalist Populism in Contemporary Hungary: Symbols, Objects, and New Media

Peter Hervik, Aalborg University
The Danish News Media Communication, Neo-Conservative Bonds and the Transnationally Shared Core Values

Juraj Buzalka, Comenius University, Bratislava
New Europe’s Post-Peasant Integralism
11:30-12:00 Coffee break

12:00-13:30 Session V: Platforms of the Far-Right Cooperation
Chair: Tatjana Thelen, University of Vienna
Graham Macklin, Teesside University, Middlesbrough
Anglo-American Extreme Right-Wing Militant Networks

Thomas Grumke, University of Applied Sciences for Public Administration and management of North Rhine-Westphalia, Gelsenkirchen
The International of Nationalists: Transatlantic Transfer of Right-Wing Extremist Ideology and Strategies

Agnieszka Pasieka, University of Vienna
Nationalists without Borders: Far-Right Encounters in Contemporary Europe
13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:00 Session VI: Far Right in an Interdisciplinary Perspective: Concepts, Ideas, and Research Prospects
Chair: Peter Becker, University of Vienna
Kathleen Blee, University of Pittsburgh
Rethinking the Far-Right

Douglas Holmes, Binghampton University
Fascism: The Anthropological Conundrum

Gerhard Botz, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Historical Social Science, Vienna
Concluding Remarks
followed by the final discussion with the conference participants and the audience
17:00 Summing-up of the conference


Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Historische Sozialwissenschaft
Universitätscampus Altes AKH
A-1090 Wien, Spitalg. 2, Hof 1, Eing. 1.1.3
Tel: +43 1 4277-41219


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Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Historical Social Science, University of Vienna