Central European Forum on Fascism

WHY IS FASCISM MODERN?

14th March 2018, Old Market Hall, Námestie SNP 25, Bratislava.

18.30)(SUNDAY CHESS WITH TISO

A dramatised reading and an interview.

INGRID TIMKOVÁ – SILVESTER LAVRÍK

18.50)(OPENING

19.00 – 20.40)(WHY IS FASCISM MODERN?

What are the new faces of fascism and why is the ideology making a return? What is it that draws people towards ideologies of hatred?

ELISABETH ÅSBRINK – ABDELKADER BENALI – ROGER GRIFFIN. Moderator: MICHAL HAVRAN

20.45 – 21.30)(1947

An autograph signing of the Slovak edition of Åsbrink’s book from the Absynt publishing house.

ELISABETH ÅSBRINK

The 14th of March is a difficult day for Slovakia. On the anniversary of the founding of the first Slovak Republic, Slovak neo-Nazis and far-right groups of all shades descend upon Bratislava to celebrate a state which was born under the auspices of Hitler and exterminated 60,000 of its own citizens. Those who attend the marches have a propensity to yell and fight and it is impossible to speak to them, as they come together precisely for the purpose of celebrating the fact that they don’t have to discuss anything. They celebrate that, in their masses, they have the courage to ignore the suffering this state caused and to outshout the facts. Yet, we cannot allow ourselves to get used to being outshouted. Therefore, the civil society association Project Forum, together with the Open Society Foundation and the Old Market Hall Alliance, invites you to attend the Central European Forum on Fascism.

At the Forum, we will talk about why fascism is making a comeback, about what forms this is taking and about the similarities that can be seen between these forms all around the world. Here in Slovakia, we recently heard how L’SNS’ first public reaction to the murder of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová was comprised of the following, unbelievable words: “An international criminal has been executed.” How can a democratic society resist such nihilism and what leads to this mass of hatred – what is its internal logic and what makes voters trust it? The Central European Forum on Fascism will provide a platform for discussing these questions and for seeking to examine what fascism is like in the eyes of those that are attracted to it.