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2021, English
12.5×18 cm, 180 pages, 30 b/w ill., softcover
ISBN 978-3-95679-533-6
Haus der Kulturen der Welt

In 1950, two divergent takes on fascism were published: Discourse on Colonialism, by Martinican poet Aimé Césaire, argued that what is called fascism in Europe is in fact colonial violence finding its way back home; on the other hand, The Authoritarian Personality, coauthored by Theodor W. Adorno, diagnosed fascism as a personality trait resulting from the devolution of the liberal individual. Césaire’s essay-manifesto did not however find the same popularity as Adorno and company’s sociological study.

Still dominant today, the tendency to psychologize fascism fails to incorporate its colonial dimension, and obscures the continuities between fascism and the biopolitics of empire, ultimately depoliticizing both. The anthology The White West contends that without the will to confront the structuring role of colonial schemas in Western epistemology, appeals to universal values and principles (such as “all lives matter”) contribute to the emergence of an equivocal space in which a critique or disruption of capitalism can be inflected in the direction of fascism.

An upcoming conference at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, March 5–6, 2021, is the fourth iteration of the eponymous conference series. Past iterations took place at La Colonie, Paris, and Kunsthalle Wien.