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42nd Linz Conference (September 14-17, 2006)
Labour and right-wing extremism
ArbeiterInnenbewegung und Rechtsextremismus
Mouvement ouvrier et extrême droite

Organized by:
International Conference of Labour and Social History (ITH) and Chamber of Labour of Upper Austria.
Kindly supported by Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, Provincial Government of Upper Austria, City of Linz and Friedrich Ebert Foundation Bonn.

Prof. Dr. Jürgen HOFMANN, Berlin
Together with:
Dr. Thomas HELLMUTH (Institut für Zeitgeschichte, University of Linz), Univ.-Doz. Dr. Paul PASTEUR (CERA, Université de Haute Normandie, Rouen), Prof. Dr. Michael SCHNEIDER (Friedrich Ebert Foundation Bonn)

Mag. Eva HIMMELSTOSS, ITH, Wipplinger Str. 8, A-1010 Vienna, e-mail:
Phone +43 (0)1 2289469-316, Fax +43 (0)1 2289469-391


The revival of right-wing extremist and populist movements, parties and ideologies in the last years leads the ITH to a historical investigation on similarities and differences of different forms of right-wing extremism and populism in past and present. The conference shall concentrate on the influence of right-wing extremism on the world of Labour. Papers and comments are supposed to cover the historical period from the 19th century up to the present. Two main lines of inquiry shall be pursued in view of the potential of right-wing extremism for influencing the working-class:
1) Political practices of past and present forms of right-wing extremism, its origins and its development, its social base and its social, cultural and religious conditions.
2) Comparative approaches towards right-wing extremism, based on an analysis of political movements, organisation, structure and ideology. Right-wing extremisms should be treated not only as a European but as an international phenomenon including aggressive nationalism, racism and anti-socialism, refusal of pluralism, and authoritarianism.

Proposals are welcome for entire panels and single papers on the following range of topics:

Accomodation for speakers is free of charge. Partial or full travel expenses (economy class APEX-flights, second-class train tickets) will be reimbursed according to previous arrangements with the Secretariat. ITH does not pay any honorarium for speakers.
Proposals have to include: Title of the proposed contribution, abstract (around 25 lines or 300 words), short C.V. (max. 15 lines or 180 words). Please send your proposal to:

Deadline for submitting abstracts: January 10th, 2006
Fixing of the preliminary conference program by the preparatory committee: February 28th, 2006
Deadline for the submission of papers: August 15th, 2006