Cultural Center

Anti-fascism in the 21st Century

Call for Papers

ANTI-FASCISM IN THE 21ST CENTURY

WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY
November 2 and 3, 2022

Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York

Keynote Speakers:
Adolph Reed, Jr.
Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

Eric Gobetti
Independent Scholar, Turin, Italy

On October 28, 1922, armed fascists converged on Rome and paved the way for the establishment of a dictatorship led by Benito Mussolini, which would dominate Italy for the next 20 years. The March on Rome marked the birth of an Italian fascist regime and laid the foundation for the spread of fascist ideology around the world. From the beginning, Italian fascism generated resistance. As fascist ideology developed into a global phenomenon, so too did anti-fascism. The initial phase of the conflict between fascist and anti-fascist forces climaxed in World War II with the defeat of Italian fascism, German Nazism, and Japanese militarism. Although defeated militarily in 1945, global fascism continued to find expression during the decades that followed.

As recent events have shown, fascist ideology and its attendant components — opposition to working-class movements, hyper-nationalism, anti-democracy, white supremacy, and xenophobia —
remain a threat to democratic institutions and practices worldwide. As in the past, the rise of fascism has been met with anti-fascist opposition.

To coincide with the centennial of the March on Rome, we will hold a two-day interdisciplinary conference, Anti-fascism in the 21st Century. The purpose of this conference is not to retell stories of past anti-fascist movements, but to consider anti-fascism as a contemporary global movement with myriad forms and to explore the challenges of organizing against fascism for a new generation.

We encourage participation by activists, educators, and artists, as well as scholars. Nontraditional (i.e., nonacademic) panels and presentations in a variety of formats are welcome and encouraged.

TOPICS:
We invite proposals on topics including but not limited to the following:

  • Strategies and tactics for mobilizing and organizing against fascism
  • Anti-fascism in the classroom
  • Anti-fascist rhetoric
  • Anti-fascist literature (books, graphic novels, etc.)
  • The arts (music, dance, theater) and anti-fascism
  • Global anti-fascist solidarity
  • Social media and anti-fascist activism
  • Anti-fascism and the question of violence
  • Anti-fascism and the struggle against neoliberalism
  • Working-class anti-fascism
  • Historical memory and contemporary anti-fascism
  • Struggles over fascist and anti-fascist monuments and memorials

The official language of the conference is English. All presentations should last no longer than 20 minutes, including audio and visual illustrations.

INSTRUCTION FOR SUBMISSIONS:

Please submit a summary of presentation (up to 500 words) along with a brief narrative biography to hofculctr@hofstra.edu by April 15, 2022.

The organizing committee will confirm receipt of your submission. Submissions will be reviewed and decisions will be announced by June 1, 2022.

Please note: Funds are not available for travel, accommodations, or meals. Local hotels will offer discounted rates to conference participants.

ABOUT THE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

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Adolph Reed Jr.

Adolph Reed Jr. is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the editor and author of several books on the relationship between class and racism; his writing and opinion pieces have appeared on academic and popular journals and magazines including The Progressive, The Village Voice, The New Republic, The Nation, Dissent, and nonsite.org, of which he is an editorial board member. He served on the board of Public Citizen, Inc. was a member of the Interim National Council of the Labor Party, and is currently on the boards of Food and Water Action and the Debs-Jones-Douglass Institute (DJDI) serving as a regular on its Class Matters podcast -- https://classmatterspodcast.org.

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Eric Gobetti

Eric Gobetti is an independent historian based in Turin, Italy. He studies the relationship between nationalism, identity and politics of memory with a focus on Fascist Italy and Yugoslavia. He received PhDs from the University of Turin in 2004 and the University of San Marino in 2008. He is the author of several monographs. His recently published work, E allora le Foibe? addresses the connection between history, politics and antifascism in the 21st century.

ABOUT THE DIRECTORS

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Mary Anne Trasciatti

Mary Anne Trasciatti teaches and writes about women in the labor movement, public memory and commemoration, social protest, and public space. She is completing a biography of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, focused on the radical labor organizer's free speech work. For the past decade, as President of Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, she has been leading the project to build a memorial to the 146 workers, mostly Italian and Jewish immigrant women and girls, who died in the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City. Scheduled for dedication in March 2023, the Triangle Fire Memorial will be New York City’s first labor memorial and one of only a small number of memorials in the city dedicated to women.

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Fraser Ottanelli

Fraser Ottanelli has authored and co-authored six books along with several articles and essays on labor and radical history in Italy and the United States, on the relationship between migration and state formation, and on oral history and memory. He is a professor of history at the University of South Florida where he teaches History of the US Left; US Immigration and Ethnic History; and Imperialism, Revolution and Democracy.

Send inquiries to the conference organizers:

Mary Anne Trasciatti
Professor of Writing Studies and Rhetoric and Professor of History
Director of Labor Studies
Hofstra University
mary.anne.trasciatti@hofstra.edu

Fraser Ottanelli
Professor of History
University of South Florida
ottanelli@usf.edu

Anti-fascism in the 21st Century will be coordinated by the
Hofstra Cultural Center
127 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549-1270
516-463-5669
hofculctr@hofstra.edu