Archive for September, 2011

2012 ASN World Convention Call for Papers

The Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) welcomes panel and paper proposals for its 2012 World Convention. The theme of the Convention is ‘The Wages of Nationhood: Conflicts, Compromises, and Costs’. The Convention will take place at Columbia University, New York on 19-21 April 2012. The deadline for proposals is 2 November 2011. Further details can be found at:


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A joint Sociology/Institute of Governance seminar which may be of interest:

The Narcissism of ‘Difference’?: Contrasting Interculturalism with Multiculturalism

Nasar Meer (Northumbria University)

23rd Nov 2011 11:00 – 13:00; Seminar Room 2, Chrystal MacMillan Building, University of Edinburgh

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2012 ASEN Conference details

ASEN have announced the dates and theme of their 2012 Conference:

2012 ASEN Conference: “Nationalism, Ethnicity and Boundaries” 27-29 March, 2012 at the London School of Economics.

This conference will address the origins, pursuit and enforcement of national boundaries and symbolic representations of ethnicity and nationalism within the nation state.

Keynote speakers include Rogers Brubaker, Michele Lamont, Miguel Centeno, Mary Fulbrook and Richard Jenkins.

The Call for Papers and online abstract submission form will be online soon: see here for more details.

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Hello all. This is strictly an administrative bit of news – there is now an MSc Nationalism Studies Facebook group up and running, so please join!

The purpose of the group is twofold:

1. To allow new and prospective students to ask questions, make contacts and discuss nationalism in a casual context.

2. To encourage alumni and current students to keep in touch and potentially to organize reunions.

I hope everyone is doing well, and welcome to the new class of students! You can find the group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/144225575670321/



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Dipankar Gupta shares his reflections on being caught up in a flag-waving anti-corruption movement in India. He ponders the different meanings that the national flag can assume. Interestingly – as the comments show – his piece is coloured by banal nationalism in his assumptions about national unity.

Linah Baliga offers a novel take on the same event, noting how most of the flags being waved in the above event were ‘made in China’. If the flags hanging limp and unnoticed in station forecourts help foster a sense of national belonging, what do the ubiquitous references to the globalised economy do to our sense fo who we are?

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‘Spain’s Secret Conflict’

40 minutes documentary about the ‘secret’ (?) tension between Catalan and Spanish national identities. It includes interviews with former presidents José María Aznar and Jordi Pujol, as well as with Dr Paul Gibson, among many others. Fairly interesting.

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