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Workshop
‘Speeches Punctuated with Resounding Slaps’
Law, Expansion, Hierarchy, Resistance


  • Melbourne Law School 185 Pelham Street Carlton, VIC, 3053 Australia (map)
Villaggio Breviglieri, Tripolitania, 1938. U. di Segni, Ente per la Colonizzazione della Libia.

Villaggio Breviglieri, Tripolitania, 1938. U. di Segni, Ente per la Colonizzazione della Libia.

Call for Papers: Deadline 23 October 2017

The Laureate Program in International Law warmly invites paper proposals for a workshop we are cosponsoring with Kent Law School. Proposals for the ‘Fascism and the International’ Project’s second workshop are invited from scholars, artists and activists working in and across the fields of international law, history, history of art, international relations, postcolonial studies, sociology, anthropology, political theory, geography, sound studies, feminist studies, queer theory, critical race theory and beyond.

The aim of the second workshop is to take this collaboration further by opening the project up to new contributors, and nailing down its implications for critique and resistance. For example, are the ‘speeches’ of our leaders — so quickly congealed into ‘hard’ international law — necessarily ‘punctuated with resounding slaps’*(to borrow a sound-image from the Futurists’ proto-fascist war on ‘passéism’)? If they are, must we meet this violence, meted out by law, with more law or with more violence? Are there other tools at our disposal?

Interventions related (but by no means limited) to the following themes are welcome:

  • The innovations made by fascist international lawyers and theorists of the international in Italy, Japan, France, Germany, Spain, Argentina, Hungary, Croatia, Mexico and elsewhere during the 1920s, 30s and early 40s;
  • The international dimensions of the ‘alt-right’, Golden Dawn and other neo-fascist formations, together with their historical connections to, and disconnections from, interwar fascist movements;
  • The relationship between decolonisation, fascism and anti-colonial theory in Indonesia, Martinique, Ethiopia and elsewhere in the Third World;
  • The political economy of fascism;
  • The historical genealogy of fascism;
  • The influence of fascist ideas and practices on post-War legal and cultural regimes;
  • The fascist and anti-fascist history of everyday concepts such as environmentalism, music, motherhood, freedom, time, space, accumulation etc.
  • The relationship between anti/fascism and art, as conceived by movements such as Futurism, Surrealism, Expressionism, both during the inter-war period and today;
  • Anti-fascist resistance and its internationalism, ‘then’ and ‘now’
  • The politics of method: what was/is ‘genuine’ fascism, who gets to decide and how?

If you would like to participate in the workshop, please send your proposal to the project’s C.I., Rose Sydney Parfitt at rose.parfitt@unimelb.edu.au no later than 23 October 2017. An abstract or — in the case of performances and/or non-verbal interventions — a short description of c. 300 words should be included. 

For more information, please see the complete Call for Papers below.