Deconstruction contra Fascist Mythologies

deadline for submissions: 
October 31, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
American Comparative Literature Association, 2021 Virtual Conference

By considering antifascism’s historical aspirations to destroy fascism alongside Derrida’s neologistic distinction of deconstruction from Heidegger’s phenomenological Destruktion of metaphysics, the organizers of this seminar seek papers that probe the possibilities and limits of conceptualizing deconstruction as/toward an anti-fascism. Among questions to consider are: Is there room in anti-fascism for a deconstruction that both semantically and philosophically distances itself from outright destruction? Must a deconstruction of fascism specify the “anti” of “anti-fascism,” perhaps through an analysis of deconstruction’s critique of dialectical thinking (à la Deleuze)? Can deconstruction’s past confrontations with fascism (such as the Paul de Man affair or the ongoing critique of Heidegger politics since Lacoue-Labarthe, or the critiques of fascism -- even subtly -- in the work of Derrida, Spivak, Deleuze, Nancy, Agamben, Foucault, Lacan, Kristeva, Blanchot, etc.) also constitute a future? By taking “deconstruction” broadly to signify the range of post-structuralist discourse that grows out of the perceived limits of a Heideggerian Destruktion of onto-theology, this seminar asks how -- or whether -- deconstruction speak to a contemporary urgency to oppose fascism today. And what would such an opposition entail from the perspective of “deconstruction”? 

Please contact the seminar organizers. Tyler M. Williams ( or James Martell ( with any questions. 

Paper proposals are due via the ACLA online submission platform no later than Saturday, October 31, 2020. To submit a paper, please submit directly to the seminar here: