Archive for January, 2013

After attending the seminar from 11am-1pm, you are invited to come along to this Q&A session with one of the world’s leading scholars on nationalism. We’ll be discussing the ideological crisis of Europe and the attacks on multiculturalism in the political arena. Do we need to break free from the frame of the nation-state or is nationalism actually legitimate for addressing current debates over immigration and extremism? In short, is nationalism the problem, or part of the solution?

What questions do you think are important? Join us to voice your opinion on Wednesday, February 6th, 3pm in Seminar room 3 CMB.

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Speaker: Umut Ozkirimli (Professor in Contemporary Turkey Studies at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University)
Date and Time: 6th Feb 2013 11:00 – 13:00
Location: Common Room, 6th floor, CMB, 15a George Square

‘And People’s Concerns Were Genuine: Why Didn’t We Listen More?’: Nationalism, Multiculturalism and Recognition in Europe

The aim of this paper is to draw attention to the dangerous, indeed poisonous, nature of the current debates on immigration and multiculturalism in today’s ‘omniphobic’ Europe, plagued not only by a severe economic crisis, but also a more general normative crisis, a ‘crisis of values’, which has been consistently overlooked or manipulated by politicians and academics alike, or reduced to an epiphenomenon bound to disappear when financial balances are restored. I will argue in this context that nationalism (in some cases even outright racism) is key to understanding this crisis, a catalyst acting either as a cause or a symptom, and almost always as a profound source of legitimacy. Following a brief critique of the literature on the purported ‘death’ of multiculturalism—the academic side of the same coin—I will conclude by sketching the normative contours of an alternative model of multiculturalism, one that stresses the importance of the ideas of recognition, redistribution and participation.

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Michael Goldfarb, “What is a Nation? National Identity and the Nation State in the 21st Century”, 

“For two decades Michael Goldfarb covered conflicts in the Balkans, the Middle East and Northern Ireland – places that had at their core people’s frustrated sense of nationhood. As Scots debate their national status in earnest, he looks back at the lessons he learned covering these wars and asks whether the nationalism of the 19th and 20th centuries will meet people’s needs in the 21st.”

Saturday 19 January 2013, 6pm – Dalhousie Building – University of Dundee

To book tickets (free tickets): https://www.dundee-reunited.com/sslpage.aspx?pid=2367

facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/events/457606434286780/

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