CfP: Radical Nationalism and Fascism in East Asia: New Approaches in Research (deadline: 2020-01-31)


Introduction (shortened):
Both fascism and radical nationalism has been investigated largely in the framework of national histories. Although rooted in national communities and domestic tradition, fascism is a transnational phenomenon. This is finally being recognized in historiography, as one of the main research topics in recent years has been fascist internationalism and the interactions, entanglements, and cooperation among fascist movements and regimes. But is this also the case with radical nationalism? The research is, nonetheless, mostly confined to European movements, as it is carried out predominantly by ‘Western’ scholars, who tend to ignore both extra-European research and extra-European developments. However, Western imperialism, fascism and Nazism had a huge influence on countries elsewhere in the world, including Imperial Japan and the Blue Shirt movement in China. The chief aim of this conference is, therefore, to bring together experts from across the social sciences and humanities, from within and from outside Europe and to ignite an interdisciplinary discussion about the origins, nature, ideology and manifestations of fascism and radical nationalism in East Asia, and about transnational links between European and East Asian movements; to study the borderlands of East Asian engagement with fascism, the idea of the authenticity of the organicist ideas of community and nation in the twentieth century whose protagonists recognized affinities with fascism and, later, Nazism. Individual panels will also incorporate a particular conceptual aspect from which to offer a space for national comparisons, including economic policy, and intellectual and ideological transfers.

We will be joined by, among others, Professor Roger Griffin (Oxford Brookes University) and Professor Peter Gries (Manchester University), who will be keynote speakers.

Interested participants are kindly asked to send the title of their presentations by email to by January 31st, 2020, together with a summary of up to 300 words and a short biography of the author/authors in English. We welcome individual papers and panel proposals. Proposals will be peer-reviewed and chosen by a committee of academics. Each applicant will receive a response from the organizing committee by February 15th, 2020.

There are no fees payable in order to attend this conference. The organizers will provide meals for the participants during the conference; transport costs and accommodation will be covered by the participants. The organizers will help with finding accommodation. Publication: If there is sufficient interest, the conference organizers intend to publish a volume of collected papers from presenters.

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