CfP: Gendering Fascism: Imaginaries, Media, Technologies

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Gender and fascism are political categories that seem to be closely intertwined if not coconstitutive
of each other. They are in any case not separate and isolated phenomena and
so the one cannot be fully undone without undoing the other. Both gender and fascism are
relational and highly contentious categories, entrenched with power dynamics and
multifaceted in their appearances. “Gendering fascism” therefore denotes a paradigmatic
lens into the genesis, configurations, strategies and technologies of fascist imaginaries.

We invite contributions to an edited volume titled “Gendering Fascism” and hope for
theoretically grounded empirical case studies within the time frame of the 1920s through
the 1940s. Taking gender seriously means asking questions about the functions that
gendered individuals, institutions and imaginaries fulfil in the emergence and the politics of
fascisms, and how these politics in turn shape ideas and manifestations of gender. This
includes but also goes beyond highlighting the presence or absence of women in fascist
movements or regimes. We encourage contributors to trace the sometimes contradictory
representations of gender as they appear in imaginaries, media and political strategies, in
ways that suit the advancement of power.


We hope for a wide range of analyses of the cultural and political tools applied by fascist
regimes, movements, or individual promoters of fascism, from anywhere in the world. We
also hope for papers that address the transcultural trajectories of fascist modernities across
different regions.

In July 2021, we held the first workshop on “Gendering Fascisms”, where we discussed
fascisms in China, Japan, Hungary, Romania, Greece and Spain. Our second workshop will be
held on 12 November 2021 (online), and we now invite papers presenting case studies from
countries which were not covered in the first workshop, such as Germany, Italy, Poland and
others. Contributors are invited to participate either through a paper presentation or by
joining our discussions. The workshops and publications are funded by the German Research
Foundation (DFG).


Date and time: 12 November 2021 (Tue.), 10:00-17:00 MET (online).
Interested scholars may submit abstracts (of up to 250 words) to the organizers
(rueckej@hhu.de) by 30 September 2021.


With kind regards,
Andrea Germer and Jasmin Rückert
Department of Japanese Studies, Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf.