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Subject: How European Fascism Studies can be useful for our contexts


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szeto
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Date Posted: 14:05:39 07/07/02 Sun

Dear gumgum and friends,
My dissertation actually uses a lot of Jewish and Central European scholarship on fascism and the Holocaust in the analysis of ethnic and sexual violence, as well as national and mainstream cultural imaginations/myths of our own contemporary Chinese contexts. We will certainly discuss more extensively when we see each other. For the past several years, scholars like Alenka Zupancic, Renata Salecl, Slavoj Zizek, Giorgio Agamben, Jacques Derrida, Judith Butler, Arjun Appadurai and others, all focus on the issue of cultural fantasies and violence, cultural fantasies and hatred, etc., whether obvious or subtle, sexual and/or racial.
My work is to analyse how these thoughts can be refined, modified and borrowed usefully to dicuss our own situations, especially when the problem is not yet as obvious.However, we can see the logic of the problem developing. Although it does not appear as horrible on the surface, our societies are already operating on those terrifying logics. The point is, how can we effectively convince people that things are so, and be able to show how and illustrate why.
Too long a story. Let's get together and chat more soon.

szeto

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