Global Perspectives on Fascism and Anti-Fascism

The Colgate community is invited to a workshop on the theme of Global Perspectives on Fascism and Anti-Fascism on 22 March. The recent rise of right-wing extremist movements around the world has given rise to much discussion on whether we are experiencing a revival of a politics which was thought by many to have been defeated in 1945. In the light of this moment, this workshop will examine both the current state of research on the history of fascism and movements opposing it, and at contemporary politics. The workshop will be transnational, considering Asia, Africa and the Americas as well as Europe. We would welcome your participation. The scope of the event will be interdisciplinary, with issues of visual culture, and architecture being central to its concerns. A number of distinguished  scholars will be our guests: Professors Enzo Traverso (Cornell), Gennifer Weisenfeld (Duke), Michael Ebner (Syracuse) and David Rifkind (Florida International). There will also be presentations by Colgate colleagues including Professors R.M. Douglas, Daniella Doron, Philippe DuHart, Jon Hyslop, Matthew Miller,  Nagesh Rao, Noah Shenker.

Friday, March 22, 2019
Little Hall, Colgate University

Fascism and Fascisms:

9:15 - 10:30 am • Golden Auditorium • 105 Little Hall
Introduction: Laura Moure Cecchini
Enzo Traverso, “Fascism as a Transhistorical Concept”
R.M. Douglas, “Defining Fascism: Term of Abuse or Term of Art”

Historical Fascism:

10:45 am - 12:15 pm • Golden Auditorium • 105 Little Hall
Jonathan Hyslop, “Fascism and Anti-Fascism in South Africa 1919-2019”
Michael Ebner, “Public Executions in Fascist Libya”
Gennifer Weisenfeld, “‘Protect the Skies!’ Visualizing Civil Air Defense in Wartime Japan”

Lunch: 12:15 - 1:15 pm • 207 Little Hall

Memory of Fascism:

1:30 - 3:15 pm • 114 Little Hall
Daniella Doron, “Post Fascism and Familialism: Reimagining the Family in the Postwar”
Matthew Miller, “Haunted Modernities and German Studies: Aesthetics and Resistance with Peter Weiss”
David Rifkind, “Architecture, Urbanism, and the False Promise of Liberal Reform under Haile Selassie I”
Alessandra Ferrini, “Sight Unseen” (HD video, 18 min, 2019)

The Contemporary Ultra-Right and Fascism:

3:45 - 5:00 pm • 114 Little Hall
Nagesh Rao, “Modi and the Extreme Right in Contemporary India”
Noah Shenker, “Holocaust Memory in the Age of Trump”  
Philippe Duhart, “Can we call this Fascism?: The Contemporary European Right”

Concluding remarks and final discussion:

5:00 - 5:30 pm • 114 Little Hall

We would like to thank the following departments and programs for their generosity in making this event possible: Arts Council, ALST, Art and Art History, PCON, Museum Studies, German, Geography, History, Film and Media Studies, Educational Studies, Core CI, Core 152, Division of University Studies, Division of Arts and Humanities and the Division of Social Sciences.

Friday, March 22

Little Hall, 105, Golden Auditorium