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Anthropological approaches to the resurgence of fascism: on anthropologists’ public engagement beyond the field [Anthropology of Fascisms Network (ANTHROFA)] 
Nicolas Petel-Rochette (Université du Québec à Montréal)
Rosana Pinheiro Machado (University College Dublin)
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Thursday 18 July, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

This panel wants to gather engaged scholars to think collectively on the significance of (anti)fascism in anthropological theory, in fieldwork, and beyond academia. Apart from taking fascism as an object of study, what are the epistemological implications of anti-fascist engagements in research?

Long Abstract:

As Douglas Holmes suggested, fascism of our time is “emerging not as a single party or movement within a particular nation-state but rather as a dispersed or distributed phenomenon that reverberates across the continent” (2019, p. 82). This observation makes the distinction between fascism and its externalities somehow blurred. Rather than seeing this confusing situation as an impossibility, we need to come to grips with it to approach anthropologically not only fascism as an object, but also anti-fascism as a practice and a posture. Anthropology, says Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, is “always about sticking one’s neck out through the looking-glass of ontological difference” (2015, p. 15). Relaying on this reflection, could ethnographies of fascism deploy insights that take into account their engagement, that is, the way they deal with their political “looking-glass” self? Instead of reproducing fascism’s “us and them” ethics and politics (Stanley, 2018), maybe we need to focus on the field as a kind of complex and nuanced epistemological tool (Pine, 2023) and on fieldwork’s political and cultural afterlife (Cammelli, 2021). To put it differently, maybe anti-fascism as a practice shall be considered as a research outcome – the unmaking of acting dichotomies and frozen interpretations of reality (Pinheiro-Machaod & Scalco, 2021, p. 334), for example – instead of a promise of good intentions. How can we use anthropology to defuse fascism’s ability for producing enmity? We think that this question is crucial if, as researchers, we pretend to embrace postures meant to diverge “ontologically” from fascism.

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Session 1 Thursday 18 July, 2024, -