Speaker: Sinisa Malesevic, National University of Ireland, Galway
Date: Wednesday 24th November, 11am
Venue: University of Edinburgh, Chrystal Macmillan Building, Seminar Room 2
In many respects the last two centuries were shaped and defined by the organised violence and the proliferation of nationalist ideologies yet both nationalism and warfare and especially the relationships between the two have largely been ignored by the mainstream post-WWII sociology. This paper identifies the principal reasons for this disciplinary neglect and outlines the direction sociology should take to successfully analyse the impact of war and nationalism on the transformation of modern social orders. In particular the paper focuses on the ambiguous and messy relationship between the inter-state wars and nationalism. In contrast to the popular views that see the sharp rise of nationalist solidarity as an automatic response to the external threat I argue that national homogenisation, witnessed at times of inter-state wars, is neither inevitable nor directly tied to warfare itself.