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CfP: The struggle against right-wing populist/radical and extreme right-wing movements

27.06.2022 Add to calendar
Call for papers

September 14-17, 2022: 52nd Annual Conference of the International Association of Labour History Institutions, IALHI

The rise of right-wing populists to the top of democratic states in recent years has revealed the crisis of democracy as a form of government. At the same time, there has been an upsurge in right-wing extremist networking and attacks, while surveys have noted an increase in racist and antisemitic attitudes. From a very early stage, left-wing groups have observed and struggled against these movements. To be sure, right-wing populist and far-right organizations have developed very differently in diverse conjunctures and countries since their emergence, adopting different forms and addressing dissimilar societal problems with more or less success. Although after 1945 fascism and national socialism were discredited in Western countries as misanthropic ideology, a stream of continuity can be observed over time, at least in Europe, leading up to open worship today. We encourage to submit proposals that cover the topic since the 1920s, but we will try to focus on the period after 1945 up to the present. The central question of our conference would be how the different actors of the labour movement have dealt with this challenge. How have they observed and fought these movements? What do archives and libraries contain on this topic? How can the holdings be described and made accessible to current research interested in the development of right-wing populism/extremism and also to research focused on combating these movements and defending democracy? Contributions should also address questions of content in order to bring together previous research with the collections, either in analogue or digital form.

On Thursday, 15 September, there will be opportunity for IALHI member institutions to give short presentations (5-10 min.) on their current projects and activities and to discuss trends and challenges of digitisation at several workshops.

Proposals (500 words) for topical and project presentations, along with a brief professional profile (150 words), must be submitted by 27 June, 2021 to

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International Association of Labour History Institutions (IALHI)


Schweizerisches Sozialarchiv und Universität Zürich
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