Third Convention of the International Association for Comparative Fascist Studies (ComFas)

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Call for Papers
September 25, 2020 to September 27, 2020
Subject Fields: 
European History / Studies, Modern European History / Studies, Nationalism History / Studies, Political History / Studies, Race / Ethnic Studies

Call for Papers

Fascism and the Radical Right: Comparison and Entanglements,” Online Convention, Central European University PU, Vienna, 25-27 September 2020

Third Convention of the International Association for Comparative Fascist Studies (ComFas)

Ever since their emergence on the political scene, fascism and the radical right had an intricate tangled relationship, marked by close cooperation but also conflict. Yet, despite the ideological affinities and socio-political ties between fascist and radical right movements and parties, a majority of works in the field approach these phenomena in isolation, ignoring their multifaceted historical interactions. The ComFas Convention aims at stimulating synchronic and diachronic comparative perspectives on fascism and the radical right at the level of ideology and political practice in order to contribute to a better understanding of both phenomena. Participants are encouraged to reflect on the historical trajectory and political metamorphoses of these political phenomena, on their similarities and differences, and on their multiple interactions and entanglements.

We invite comparative as well as single case-study contributions to the study of fascism and the radical right, coming from various social science disciplines including history, political science, sociology, international relations, anthropology, etc. Conference papers should preferably (but not exclusively) address the following topics:

  • History of fascism and the radical right from the 1920s to the present
  • Fascism and the contemporary populist radical right
  • Continuities and breaks between interwar and postwar fascisms
  • Populism in the radical right and Fascist ideology
  • Fascism, the radical right, and media representations
  • Fascism, the radical right and the internet / social media
  • Gender in fascist and radical right movements
  • Right Wing Political violence and Terrorism
  • Fascist and radical right transnational networks
  • Fascism, the radical right, and the history of emotions
  • Fascism and the radical right beyond Europe and North America
  • Cultures of fascism and the radical right (music, sport, clothing, etc.)
  • The construction of the Other in fascism and the radical right (e.g antisemitism and anti-Muslim attitudes)
  • Metapolitics of post-1945 fascism and the radical right
  • The political language of post-1945 fascisms and the radical right

Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, COMFAS has taken the decision to hold this year’s conference as a virtual/online event. This is not the format we had originally anticipated but it is one that we think offers new and exciting opportunities for broader participation and dialogue.

Scholars interested in attending or contributing to the conference should send a mail with an abstract (max. 250 words), short bio and contact information to no later than 31 May 2020. We welcome individual papers as well as panel proposals. Acceptance decisions will be communicated on 15 June 2020

Participants are expected to send their pre-recorded presentation (voice over slides) by August 31; and to be available to attend the panels live in order to answer questions about their contribution and take part in the discussions. Technical instructions about the preparation of the virtual contributions and details about the way in which the convention will be broadcast will be sent to participants over the summer.

There is no conference participation fee but all participants are required to register as COMFAS members (see our Membership Policy at

A panel will invite the authors of selected papers to submit revised and fully written up versions of their papers for publication in an edited volume or in the on-line journal Fascism. Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies. Guidance to authors and examples of previously published articles are available at

The online event is hosted by the Central European University PU, Vienna. Conveners are Constantin Iordachi (CEU), Paul Jackson (Northampton University), and Aristotle Kallis (Keele University). Contact details:

The International Association for Comparative Fascist Studies is a nonprofit and nonpolitical scholarly organization dedicated to the comparative and transnational study of fascism. The Association is open to graduate students, researchers, and professors at whatever stage of their career. Its aim is to promote new multi-disciplinary research approaches to this field, in a joint effort of scholars from various disciplines and historiographical traditions. COMFAS is based at Pasts, Inc. Center for Historical Studies, at the Central European University, Budapest. The Association’s main publication outlet is the open-access peer-reviewed journal Fascism. Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies (Brill).

Previous Conventions:

2019: Fascism and Violence,” Uppsala University, Sweden, 25–27 September 2019. 

2018Comparative Fascist Studies and the Transnational Turn,” CEU, Budapest, 27-29 April 2018