Biographies of delegates

Mr Chip Berlet

Chip Berlet, senior analyst at Political Research Associates (PRA), has spent over twenty–five years studying prejudice, demonization, scapegoating, demagoguery, conspiracism, and authoritarianism. He has investigated far right hate groups, reactionary backlash movements, theocratic fundamentalism, civil liberties violations, police misconduct, government and private surveillance abuse, and other anti-democratic phenomena. He is a lively speaker defending democracy and diversity. Berlet is co–author, with Matthew N. Lyons, of Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort, (Guilford Press, 2000), which received a Gustavus Myers Center Award for outstanding scholarship on the subject of human rights and intolerance in North America. He is on the advisory boards of the Defending Dissent Foundation, the journal Totalitarian Movements and Political Religion, and PRA’s Public Eye magazine, and is a vice-president of the Defending Dissent Foundation.

Berlet has appeared live on ABC’s Nightline, NBC’s Today Show, and CBS This Morning. He has been interviewed on scores of other national and local television and radio news programs and talk shows, including NPR’s All Things Considered, Terry Gross’s Fresh Air, David Barsamian’s Alternative Radio, and Pacifica Radio’s Democracy Now.

He is the editor of the collection, Eyes Right!: Challenging the Right Wing Backlash, (Boston, South End Press, 1995), which was a recipient of a 1996 Gustavus Myers Center Award. He has written chapters in several scholarly books, written and reviewed articles for peer review sociology journals, and prepared entries in encyclopedias on millennialism, fundamentalism, criminal justice, and religion and war.

Dr Peter Davies

Dr Peter Davies teaches modern French and European history at the University of Huddersfield. He has authored books about the Front National, the extreme-right tradition in France and fascism and the far right more generally. He has also written about small-group teaching and learning and the social history of cricket.

Mr Michael Ellis

Michael Ellis is a Barrister, in practice in the Midlands for 15 years. He has specialised in the prosecution and defence of criminal matters including cases involving statutory limitations on freedom of speech. In 2006 Michael was selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for the Northampton North constituency which includes the campus sites of the University of Northampton.

Dr Matthew Feldman

Matthew Feldman is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Northampton, as well as an editor of Compass: Political Religions (http://www.religion-compass.com). He has published widely on cultural aspects of revolutionary modernism since World War One, including six books on Samuel Beckett and various articles, reviews and online texts published since 2002.  He has also written on political aspects of revolutionary modernism, extending to three  edited volumes on fascist ideology: A Fascist Century (Palgrave, 2008); ‘Clerical Fascism’ in Interwar Europe (Routledge, 2008); and the 5 volume compendium with Roger Griffin, Fascism: Critical Concepts (Routledge, 2004), in addition to articles and reviews in various academic journals. He is currently completing a monograph on modernism and propaganda in interwar Europe and the US.

Professor Roger Griffin

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 90 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)

Dr Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson is a university lecturer and researcher who has specialised in the history of fascism and the far-right. He has worked on two encyclopedias on this subject, Historical Encyclopedia of World Fascism (ABC Clio, 2006) and The Far Right in Europe: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood, 2008), he co-Edit’s the Political Religions section of Wiley-Blackwell’s e-journal Religion Compass, and his future research project, provisionally titled The Histories of British Fascism, will explore the various ways in which the far-right in Britian has historicised it ideology and actions.

Mr Dennis King

Dennis King is an investigative journalist who has tracked the LaRouche organization for over 30 years. He has written scores of articles about the LaRouchians and related political cults and anti-Semitic groups. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Lyndon LaRouche and the New American Fascism (New York:  Doubleday, 1989) and Get the Facts on Anyone (New York:  Macmillan Reference USA, 3rd ed, 1999).  Today he concentrates on web advocacy journalism through his website www.lyndonlarouchewatch.org

Professor Janet Wilson

Janet Wilson is Professor of English and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Northampton where she also teaches linguistics. She is  editor of the Journal of Postcolonial Studies, and the President of the European Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (EACLALS). Her research interests are in white settler societies, diasporic writing, and Australian and New Zealand literature and film.  Recent publications include Global Fissures: Postcolonial Fusions, coedited with Clara A.B. Joseph (2006), Fleur Adcock (2007); The Gorse Blooms Pale: The Southland Stories of Dan Davin (ed). She is currently co-editing a volume of essays, Rerouting the Postcolonial: New Directions for the New Millenuium (Routledge).

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