At the recent 19 Annual Conference of the Assoc. for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism, with the theme of ‘Nationalism and Globalisation’ I was expecting to encounter many arguments about the logically opposed relationship between globalisation and nationalism, how globalisation errodes the nation-state, nationalisms are ‘reactions’ to globalisation, etc. etc. I was surprised to find that the ‘common sense’ position among conference goers seemed to be that nationalism and globalisation (understood as a longer term process, not just post WWII) are interdependent, in many respects mutually constituting processes. I found this refreshing, and am wondering if this whole area of discussion has finally matured.