'The Rainbow Bridge’ By Roger Griffin (Oxford Brookes University)

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  • Album: The 2009 Compass Interdisciplinary Virtual Conference
  • Year: 2009

Professor Griffin will be giving this keynote lecture entitled ‘‘The Rainbow Bridge’: Reflections on Interdisciplinarity in the Cybernetic Age‘ on Monday 19th October.

Roger Griffin is Professor in Modern History at Oxford Brookes University (UK) where he gives courses on fascism, modernism, and terrorism, and has written on a wide range of political, cultural, and socio-psychological phenomena relating to generic fascism and right-wing extremism. His more than 100 publications include the two monographs The Nature of Fascism (Pinter, 1991), Modernism and Fascism. The Sense of a Beginning under Mussolini and Hitler (Palgrave, 2007), and the collection of essays A Fascist Century (Palgrave, 2008). He also edited the anthologies of primary and secondary sources Fascism (OUP, 1995), International Fascism. Theories, Causes and the New Consensus (Arnold, 1998); and (with Matthew Feldman) the 5 volumes of Critical Concepts in Political Science: Fascism (Routledge, 2003). He is now working on the volume Modernism and Terrorism for his series Modernism and… (Palgrave). His two main contributions to comparative studies of extremist ideologies lie first in his exploration of the central role of the myth of imminent palingenesis as a universal component of the social imaginary of revolutionaries (including fascist ones) of every cultural background, religious or secular, anywhere in the world, and second in his investigation of the way this myth is the hallmark of a modernist reaction to the ‘nomocidal’ conditions of globalizing and secularizing modernity