Towards a Global History of Anti-Fascism: Transnational Civil Society Activism, International Organisations and Identity Politics Beyond Borders, 1922–1945

Project Details


This Academy of Finland post-doctoral research project aims to make an innovative contribution to the global history of transnational civil society activism. The project’s case study is focused on the transnational antifascist movement. It is based on new basic research in the global archives of the international antifascist organisations located especially in Berlin and Moscow. The project will engage in an important theoretical and methodological discussion on how the entanglements and contradictions between international politics (governmental) and transnational (non-governmental) influenced the formation of global civil society. The project will analyse how anti-fascist practices, enemy images, and identity politics were transferred and constructed across borders and across the Atlantic between Europe and the USA, and how international non-governmental organisations contributed to the making of the contemporary world community. The project is based at the History Department at Åbo Akademi University. As a part of the project, I will function as visiting researcher at the Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, at the Free University in Berlin (Dec. 2017–August 2019).
Short titleTowards a Global History of Anti-Fascism
Effective start/end date01/09/1721/09/20


  • Research Council of Finland
  • Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • antifascism
  • global history
  • transnational history
  • communism