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The Culture of Fascism

Co-organised by Kerry Gibbons and Molly Harrabin, this event will be a unique, transnational exploration into the idea of Fascism, its historical origins and its cultural legacies. Uniting experts, postgraduate students and undergraduate students from all sections of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Warwick, this symposium provides a forum for innovative and original projects which can contribute to our understanding of the political and cultural challenges that face contemporary Europe, as well as the re-emergence of ideologies, discourses and anxieties that have plagued the continent for centuries. In doing so, the contributions to this symposium will reflect the longstanding relationship between culture and Fascism, exploring topics which include but are not limited to: national identities, belonging, social transformation and experiences of persecution amongst minority communities. The participants in this event (indicated in the attached programme) represent a variety of disciplines and fields such as literature, history and politics, film, visual arts and translation studies. Their collaboration on this topic will demonstrate the invaluable role that culture plays in the establishment, representation and subsequent interpretation of Fascism. This is even more crucial in the light of recent political and social events across the globe that have been discussed in the context of Fascism; the election of Giorgia Meloni in Italy, the election of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, the rise of Alternative für Deutschland in Germany, the increasing popularity of Marine Le Pen in France and the rise and fall of Donald Trump in the US. This leads us to consider whether a redefinition of the term ‘Fascism’ is required in the twenty-first century globalized world. This event is generously funded by the Connecting Cultures Global Research Project.Link opens in a new window