Benjamin Martin
Benjamin Martin

Arrangör/Organiser: Romanska och klassiska institutionen
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In 1941, Nazi Germany assembled writers from across Europe to found the European Writers Union. This institution, its meetings, and its journal, Europäische Literatur, were part of a broad effort to reorder European cultural life into a new, continental form that would serve the so-called “new order” led by Nazi Germany and fascist Italy. This effort was able to exploit the deep tensions that already existed in the very concept of "European literature.” But those same tensions—highlighted in the conflict between the Germans and their Italian allies—helped doom the project to failure.


Benjamin Martin, researcher in the Department of History of Science and Ideas at Uppsala University, is the author of The Nazi-Fascist New Order for European Culture (Harvard University Press 2016). A graduate of Columbia University, he taught previously at San Francisco State University (2008-2010) and was director of the Erasmus Mundus MA program Euroculture in Uppsala (2010-2017).