The Far Right and (Anti-)Fascism Working Group is a collective at UVA dedicated to studies of fascism and anti-fascism, supported by the Power, Violence and Inequality Collective. Co-chaired by Charles Hamilton and Natasha Roth-Rowland, both graduate students from the History Department identifying as queer, the group is intended as a safe and open space encouraging interdisciplinary approaches and cooperation between faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates.
The group will hold monthly workshops throughout the academic year, culminating in a spring conference. All topics related to a broad understanding of fascism and anti-fascism are invited, but of particular interest are intersectional approaches and topics involving transnational and post-1945 movements, especially those originating outside the United States and Europe.
Charles Hamilton is a PhD candidate in History working on queer anti-fascism and the far right in twentieth-century Europe, particularly Britain, France, and Germany. His work attempts to recover the unique contributions of queer activists, in alliance with feminists, anti-racists, and other left groups, to the renewed anti-fascist organizing of the 1970s and ‘80s within both explicitly queer organizations and larger coalitional groups such as Anti-Fascist Action.
More broadly, his research interests include AIDs activism, queer socialist politics, disability activism, discourse analysis, intersectionality, and studies of decolonization and violence.
Natasha Roth-Rowland is a doctoral student in History, researching the Jewish far-right in Israel-Palestine and the United States, with a particular focus on nationalism (in particular religious nationalism) and intra-Jewish ethnic relations. More broadly, she is interested in issues of ethnic conflict, violence, and the intersections of race, gender, and religion in nationalist and right-wing discourses.
Prior to joining UVA's History PhD program, Natasha spent several years living in Israel-Palestine, working as a translator and breaking news editor for various news outlets, and reporting from the West Bank and Jerusalem. She is also a blogger and former associate editor at +972 Magazine.