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Can There Be an Antifascist Anthropology? [ANTHROFA Network Panel] 
Sabine Teryngel (Philipps-University Marburg)
Maddalena Gretel Cammelli (University of Turin)
Ingo Schröder (University of Marburg)
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10 University Square (UQ), 01/005
Friday 29 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

The panel discusses the potential of an antifascist anthropology in the study of fascism,which looks beyond ethnographic issues & investigates real and spectral fascist expressions against the back of mass society & (neo-)liberalism and supports an emancipatory transformation of the political scene.

Long Abstract:

The recent proliferation of fascist or extreme/far/radical right parties, movements, and discourses worldwide has provoked an increasingly lively anthropological research activity (see e.g., Social Anthropology 29, 2, 2021). As suggested by Holmes (2019), anthropology should focus on the current crisis in terms of a fascism in and of our times. As one step in this direction, the panel proposes to interrogate if and how an anthropology of fascism can support a transformation in our political landscape in terms of what Lilith Mahmud (2020) has called an antifascist anthropology. Such an approach needs to acknowledge fascism's roots in mass society and liberalism, the specificities of the" neoliberal fascism" of our times, as well as the fact that spectres of fascism are diffused throughout society beyond the narrowly political realm. It thus combines the antifascist positioning of the anthropologist with a critical engagement with the historical trajectory of liberal authoritarianism and the current political-economic conjuncture.

The panel will discuss the promises and possible pitfalls of such an antifascist anthropology. We welcome theoretical and empirical contributions that reflect on the following (or other) questions:

• How can antifascist sensitivity and knowledge feed into anthropological knowledge and practice?

• How can a fieldwork-based, engaged anthropology avoid the reproduction of simplistic us-them dichotomies?

• How can anthropology create research designs that embed fascism in the analysis of contemporary (neo-)liberalism and mass society?

• How can an antifascist anthropology engage with the world and help to make transformation happen?

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Friday 29 July, 2022, -