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CfP: Racism and Fascism in Eastern Europe [deadline: 1/2009]

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  • ana miskovska kajevska
    INQUIRIES AND COMMENTS TO: redaktion@zag-berlin.de ... ZAG 54 The next edition of the antiracist journal ZAG (www.zag-berlin.de, print run of 1000)
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      ZAG 54

      The next edition of the antiracist journal ZAG (www.zag-berlin.de, print run
      of 1000) concentrates on the
      subject "Racism and Fascism in Eastern Europe". Herewith, we would like to
      ask for handing in proposals for
      articles. The articles should comprise 12.000 signs (inclusive blank signs);
      the deadline will be in the beginning
      of January 2009. Of course, we'll be happy about earlier submitted articles.

      Please submit information, requests as well as proposals to
      redaktion@.... Additional remarks as
      well as criticism concerning this call for papers are welcome.

      Looking forward to your answers / ZAG Berlin

      Racism and Fascism in Eastern Europe

      Racism and Fascism in Eastern Europe is a growing problem which we only
      recognize when reading
      newspaper articles about violent / deadly assaults. Parliamentary success of
      fascist and nationalist parties prick
      up West-European ears and the public presence of racist and fascist groups
      threaten tourists. We've got the
      notion, that a racist and violent normality evolves which is not tackled at
      all by state or public institutions or
      responsible persons.

      Such parties and groups are also a current phenomenon in Western Europe.
      Right wing parties represent a
      growing number of citizens in parliament; right wing groups attack homeless
      people, foreigners and leftist
      people, sometimes to death. However, the fear of such developments seems to
      be confined by the trust in "civil
      society" or "civic engagement". In Eastern Europe, that are countries such
      as Poland, Russia, Hungary, Serbia,
      Croatia, Rumania or Slovakia, civil society is said to be weak or
      non-existent. Medial representation of the
      situation suggest, that Anti-Semitism as well as hostility towards Sinti and
      Romanies as well as national
      chauvinism shape official politics in those societies. One could ask, if
      anti-racist or antifascist groups as well as
      other actors in civil society are really not existent or just invisible.

      Additionally, the picture of these countries in western media changes due to
      geopolitical changes. The
      "Russian bear" transforms in one day to a troubled economy and grows
      suddenly to an imperial giant securing
      its raw materials. The Balkans - still framed as politically instable in the
      German discourse - breaks into pieces
      during its various wars which then - in turn - are again justified by voices
      framing them as necessary to end
      genocide or to stabilize the state. However, in some of the states such as
      Croatia, it is still common practice to
      connect symbolically to the fascist past in politics but also in football.
      Those problems are expounded the less,
      the more advanced those countries are in the European integration process.

      All those countries look back on a dramatic process of transformation from
      socialist to capitalist societies. Can
      the significant increase of fascist and racist phenomena be framed as a new
      development within those
      transformation processes? Is it only "transitional problems" in the process
      of societal adjustment to the western
      role models? Or is it a sign for the recurrence of 'old' phenomena
      historically inherent to those societies?

      Possible subjects for articles:

      1. Racism and fascism in the eastern European countries
      2. Reference to history, anti-communism, fascism and the time after 1989
      3. Antiracist and antifascist groups and actions in the respective countries
      4. Connections between antiracist as well as antifascist groups in Germany
      and eastern European
      5. Connections between German (European) fascist groups and fascist groups
      on eastern European
      countries now, as well as in times of the Eastern Bloc
      6. Interrelationship between civil society on the one side and fascism,
      racism, as well as nationalism on the other side

      Other proposals are WELCOME!

      zag - antirassistische zeitschrift
      c/o Netzwerk Selbsthilfe, Mehringhof
      Gneisenaustr. 2a
      10961 Berlin
      fon: +49/ (0)30/ 785 72 81
      fax: +49/ (0)30/ 691 30 05
      email: redaktion@...

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