Doctoral candidate at Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London.
Benjamin’s research, funded by the AHRC, offers a new interpretation of the role of fascism in contemporary British history. Unlike previous studies, his research focuses on the place of the extreme right in culture and society rather than on the ideology or activities of British neo-fascists. The first half of the thesis charts the history of the contemporary British extreme right as a form of transgressive (sub)cultural activity, whilst the second then explores reflections of fascism in contemporaneous underground music cultures.
Forthcoming publications arising from this research include “Don’t Do as You’re Told, Do as You Think: The Transgressive Zine Culture of Industrial Music in the 1970s & 1980s” (appearing in the Manchester University Press collection Ripped, Torn & Cut: Pop, Politics & Punk Fanzines Since 1976) and “Holocaust Inversion, Anti-Zionism, and British Neo-Fascism: The Israel-Palestine Conflict and the Extreme Right in Post-War Britain” (to appear in Patterns of Prejudice). Benjamin speaks regularly at conferences and research seminars, is a co-convener of Royal Holloway’s History Postgraduate Research Seminar series, and has written book reviews (either published or forthcoming) for Holocaust Studies, Journal of Contemporary History, Patterns of Prejudice, and Twentieth Century British History.