CfP: Racism and Fascism in Eastern Europe [deadline: 1/2009]
- INQUIRIES AND COMMENTS TO: redaktion@...
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
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!
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