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Fascism and the Radical Right

Call for Papers

Theme: Fascism and the Radical Right
Subtitle: Comparison and Entanglements
Type: 3rd Convention of the International Association for Comparative
Fascist Studies (ComFas)
Institution: Central European University PU
Location: Online
Date: 25.–27.9.2020
Deadline: 31.5.2020

Ever since their emergence on the political scene, fascism and the
radical right had an intricate tangled relationship, marked by close
cooperation but also conflict. Yet, despite the ideological
affinities and socio-political ties between fascist and radical right
movements and parties, a majority of works in the field approach
these phenomena in isolation, ignoring their multifaceted historical
interactions. The ComFas Convention aims at stimulating synchronic
and diachronic comparative perspectives on fascism and the radical
right at the level of ideology and political practice in order to
contribute to a better understanding of both phenomena. Participants
are encouraged to reflect on the historical trajectory and political
metamorphoses of these political phenomena, on their similarities and
differences, and on their multiple interactions and entanglements.

We invite comparative as well as single case-study contributions to
the study of fascism and the radical right, coming from various
social science disciplines including history, political science,
sociology, international relations, anthropology, etc. Conference
papers should preferably (but not exclusively) address the following

- History of fascism and the radical right from the 1920s to the present
- Fascism and the contemporary populist radical right
- Continuities and breaks between interwar and postwar fascisms
- Populism in the radical right and Fascist ideology
- Fascism, the radical right, and media representations
- Fascism, the radical right and the internet / social media
- Gender in fascist and radical right movements
- Right Wing Political violence and Terrorism
- Fascist and radical right transnational networks
- Fascism, the radical right, and the history of emotions
- Fascism and the radical right beyond Europe and North America
- Cultures of fascism and the radical right (music, sport, clothing, etc.)
- The construction of the Other in fascism and the radical right (e.g antisemitism and anti-Muslim attitudes)
- Metapolitics of post-1945 fascism and the radical right
- The political language of post-1945 fascisms and the radical right

Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, COMFAS has taken the
decision to hold this year’s conference as a virtual/online event.
This is not the format we had originally anticipated but it is one
that we think offers new and exciting opportunities for broader
participation and dialogue.

Scholars interested in attending or contributing to the conference
should send a mail with an abstract (max. 250 words), short bio and
contact information to no later than
31 May 2020. We welcome individual papers as well as panel proposals.
Acceptance decisions will be communicated on 15 June 2020.

Participants are expected to send their pre-recorded presentation
(voice over slides) by August 31; and to be available to attend the
panels live in order to answer questions about their contribution and
take part in the discussions. Technical instructions about the
preparation of the virtual contributions and details about the way in
which the convention will be broadcast will be sent to participants
over the summer.

There is no conference participation fee but all participants are
required to register as COMFAS members (see our Membership Policy at

A panel will invite the authors of selected papers to submit revised
and fully written up versions of their papers for publication in an
edited volume or in the on-line journal Fascism. Journal of
Comparative Fascist Studies. Guidance to authors and examples of
previously published articles are available at

The online event is hosted by the Central European University PU,
Vienna. Conveners are Constantin Iordachi (CEU), Paul Jackson
(Northampton University), and Aristotle Kallis (Keele University).
Contact details:

The International Association for Comparative Fascist Studies is a
nonprofit and nonpolitical scholarly organization dedicated to the
comparative and transnational study of fascism. The Association is
open to graduate students, researchers, and professors at whatever
stage of their career. Its aim is to promote new multi-disciplinary
research approaches to this field, in a joint effort of scholars from
various disciplines and historiographical traditions. COMFAS is based
at Pasts, Inc. Center for Historical Studies, at the Central European
University, Budapest. The Association’s main publication outlet is
the open-access peer-reviewed journal Fascism. Journal of Comparative
Fascist Studies (Brill).

Previous Conventions:

2019: “Fascism and Violence,” Uppsala University, Sweden, 25–27
September 2019. 

2018: “Comparative Fascist Studies and the Transnational Turn,” CEU,
Budapest, 27-29 April 2018.


International Association for Comparative Fascist Studies