Cultures of British fascism since WWII
The symposium is organised by Dr John Richardson (Newcastle University) and Professor Nigel Copsey (Teesside University). It will take place at Newcastle University on 21 March 2012.Deadline for abstracts (max. 250 words, for a 20-min paper): 30 June 2011. Please email abstract to Nigel Copsey (N.Copsey@tees.ac.uk).
Key issues, themes and foci of the symposium will include:
• Continuity and change in relation to inter-war fascism’s obsession with cultural decadence and the need for cultural regeneration;
• How British neo-fascists re-configured distinct sub/counter-cultural identities in the post-war period;
• The aesthetic styles of post-war British fascism;
• Campaigns against the imposition of ‘alien’ cultural ‘colonisation’ – the extent to which Jewish conspiracy has been replaced by a cultural war against Islam;
• The promotion of ‘traditional’ cultural identities - tensions between British national identity, English identity and European identity;
• The place of white racial nationalism and 'white pride';
• Music; literature; use and abuse of ‘history’ and ‘heritage’;
• Religious identity – the extent to which post-war British fascism has appealed to religion in defence of Western civilisation;
• Gender and neo-fascism – how far the ‘cult of masculinity’ still pervades British fascism;
• Culture and the use of ICT;
• Meta-politics and post-war fascism.
Cultural interventions were a feature of fascist parties and movements in Britain, just as they were elsewhere in Europe. Indeed we could argue that a cultural struggle – in support of a national and cultural ‘regeneration’ purged of the degeneracy of post-war liberal and social-democratic consensus – lay at the heart of the hegemonic projects of all varieties of British fascism. Such a cultural struggle is enacted in, through, and is reflected in the text and talk, music and literature of British fascism. Recent published work has examined the cultural visions and, to a degree, the outputs of British fascism during the inter-war period. However, the post-war cultural landscapes of British fascism have yet to receive detailed critical analysis.
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