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Research interests

Modern transnational and global history, internationalism, anti-fascism, anti-racism and resistance to the extreme right and right-wing populism. 

Biography

Kasper Braskén (PhD) has specialized on transnational and globalhistory, including left internationalism and international communism, and anti-fascist movements in European, transatlantic and global contexts. Braskén has during his postdoc research career been visiting researcher at the Free University Berlin and at Royal Holloway University of London.

ONGOING & FORTHCOMING RESEARCH:

Braskén is currently working in the research project "Finland-Swedish Antifascism" (Den finlandssvenska antifascismen) that analyses the history of anti-fascism in Finland from the 1920s to the 1940s. The project investigates how anti-fascism was developed as a movement and idea within the Swedish speaking minority in Finland, and more generally analyse the relation between ethnic minorities and anti-fascism. The project is headed by Anders Ahlbäck and it was awarded 400.000 € by the Society of Swedish Literature in Finland (SLS) in November 2017. 

Within the project Braskén and Anders Ahlbäck will co-edit the anthology: Anti-fascism and Ethnic Minorities: Political and Cultural Forms of Resistance in Central and Eastern Europehttps://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/6935115/cfp-anti-fascism-and-ethnic-minorities-political-and-cultural

Starting from September 2022: The Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation has granted Braskén a 12 month research grant to write a monograph with Nigel Copsey (Teesside): Anti-Fascism: A Global History (Routledge). The book will offer a global analysis of key anti-fascist moments from the 1920s to the present day.

Recent co-edited volumes include:

Anti-Fascism in the Nordic Countries: New Perspectives, Comparisons and Transnational Connections (Routledge, 2019)

Anti-Fascism in a Global Perspective: Transnational Networks, Exile Communities, and Radical Internationalism (Routledge, 2021)

Speical Issue of South African Historical Journal: Anti-Fascism in Southern Africa, vol. 74 (1) 2022. 

Braskén is editorial board member of the international journal Twentieth Century Communism and since 2020 the book reviews editor of the journal.

Braskén has peer reviewed original research articles for the journals Global Networks (Wiley), Contemporary European History (Cambridge UP), Scandinavian Journal of History (Routledge); and Fascism: Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies (Brill). Moroever, he has reviewed books in European History Quarterly, History: The Journal of the Historical Association, American Historical Review, Twentieth Century Communism, Historisk Tidskrift för Finland, Finsk Tidskrift, International Newsletter of Communist Studies, and H-Net (H-Socialisms).

Teaching

Global history; revolutions; protest movements, international communism, antifascism, fascism

External positions

Visiting researcher, Free University of Berlin

1 Dec 201731 Aug 2019

Visiting researcher, Royal Holloway University of London

8 Jan 201623 Mar 2016

Visiting researcher, Free University of Berlin

1 Sep 201431 Aug 2015

Keywords

  • DD Germany
  • Weimar Republic
  • HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
  • solidarity
  • antifascism
  • DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
  • Comintern
  • DL Northern Europe. Scandinavia

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