Archive for January, 2016


Disponibile on-line in versione PDF il sesto numero di Nazioni e Regioni, la rivista di studi e ricerche sulla comunità immaginata editata da Caratteri Mobili e patrocinata dai Dipartimenti di Scienze Politiche e DISUM dell’Università degli Studi di Bari.

Questo numero era in corso di ultimazione quando abbiamo appreso dell’improvvisa scomparsa di Benedict Anderson, studioso di origine anglo-irlandese e specialista del SudEst asiatico, ma soprattutto autore di Comunità immaginate, saggio che ha aperto una nuova era nello studio dei nazionalismi e che è stato la principale fonte di ispirazione per il lavoro di tutti i membri della redazione di Nazioni e regioni – Studi e ricerche sulla comunità immaginata, tanto da essere citato nel sottotitolo della rivista. Non è esagerato dire che se non fosse stato per gli spazi di ricerca aperti dalle sue intuizioni teoriche molti/e di noi non avrebbero mai intrapreso questo campo di studi. Il suo impegno politico e la sua statura intellettuale sono e saranno sempre per noi un esempio. Alla sua memoria dedichiamo quindi il presente numero.

In questo numero:


•Alessandro Celi, Una crisi internazionale. L’annessionismo valdostano tra censure, rimozioni e nuove ipotesi di ricerca

•Arnau Gonzàlez i Vilalta, “L’indipendenza è un mezzo, non un fine”. Il consolidamento dell’indipendentismo catalano giovanile di sinistra: la JERC (1994-2015)

•Tudi Kernalegenn, I numeri del regionalismo: oggettivazione, immaginazione e cognizione

•Miguel Ángel del Río Morillas, Acción Regional e López Rodó: il “regionalismo bien entendido” di Alianza Popular (1976-1977)


•Stefan Berger, Dalle isole inglesi alla storia di quattro nazioni. Una prospettiva comparata sulla storiografia nazionale in Gran Bretagna

Rassegne e Dibattiti

•Jorge Cagiao y Conde, Il futuro politico della Catalogna (a proposito di un recente volume a cura di Laura Cappuccio e Gennaro Ferraiuolo)

Note biografiche sugli autori

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Diasporic Trajectories: Transnational Cultures in the 21st Century The 2016 seminar series, at IASH, 2 Hope Park Square, University of Edinburgh
Diaspora studies is a growing area of research within the broader field of postcolonial studies. Its principal focus is the ways in which the experiences of migrant and displaced communities have been represented in thought, literature and art. With the aim of encouraging underexplored comparative perspectives this seminar series will probe diaspora-related themes in a diverse range of ways. There will be two papers at each of the 4 seminars, separated by a coffee break. Seminar 5 will be given over to postgraduate work in the field. The series is organised by the Diaspolinks research group and is open to all.

19th February: 2pm: Rada Iveković (Emeritus Professor and Collège International de philosophie, Paris): ‘Epistemological fractures: the decline of western paradigms’
This paper will be given in conjunction with a talk given by Professor Ivekovic at the French Institute in Scotland on Thursday 18th February, 6-7.30pm, entitled ‘Les Citoyens manquants’ and focusing on the current migrant crisis and its implications for European countries: http://www.ifecosse.org.uk/Les-Citoyens-manquants.html

3.30pm: Alison Donnell (University of Reading): ‘Caribbean literary archives: the challenges of missing voices and precarious pages’
Chair: Sam Coombes
15th April: 2pm: Bill Marshall (University of Stirling): ‘French Atlantic Cities in Translation’

3.30pm: Sam Coombes (University of Edinburgh): ‘Approaching Diaspora and Alter-Globalisation via the later works of Edouard Glissant’

Chair: David Farrier
21st October: 2pm: Michael Syrotinski (University of Glasgow): title TBC

3.30pm Claire Joubert (University of Paris 8): ‘Minor Globalities: Poetics and the Geopolitics of Knowledge from Colonial to Global’
This paper will be given in conjunction with a talk given by Professor Joubert at the French Institute in Scotland on Thursday 19th October, 6-7.30pm
Chair: Nicola Frith
28th October: 2pm: Neil Lazarus (University of Warwick): ‘Stone upon Stone: Land, Labour and Consciousness in World-Literary Perspective’ http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/people/lazarusprofneil/

3.30pm: Corinne Bigot (University of Paris 10, Paris-Ouest La Défense): ‘Culinary dislocation: ethnic food memoirs and tales’
Chair: Françoise Král
25th November: Postgraduate Diasporic Trajectories seminar, starting 2pm
Justine Seran (University of Edinburgh) : ‘Home Reimagined: the Indigenous Australian Diaspora’

Alice Kelly (University of Edinburgh): ‘The Problem of Longitude’: Unplottable Subjects and the Erosion of European Diaspora in Joseph Conrad’s Malay Fiction’.

Sarah Stewart (University of Edinburgh): ‘Shelter at the Border: Writing Back from the State of Exception’
Chair: Sam Coombes

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David Miller, “The Duty to Rescue Boat People”
February 4 2016
Screening Room G.04,
50 George Square, Edinburgh

Professor David Miller, from the University of Oxford, is an internationally acclaimed scholar in the fields of political theory and global ethics. He is the author of numerous monographs, including “On Nationality”, “Principles of Social Justice” and “Global Justice and National Responsibility”. He is currently working on a book addressing the ethics of immigration policy.

An abstract for his talk is below. All are welcome, from across the university and beyond. Those interested in attending dinner after the event should contact kieran.oberman@ed.ac.uk


What duty, if any, do competent governments and their navies and commercial vessels have to rescue migrants attempting dangerous sea crossings, whether in the search for a better life or simply to escape persecution? Recent events in the Mediterranean have sparked fiercely opposed political responses to this question. But is the duty to rescue a strict duty, or should rescue missions be evaluated using consequentialist reasoning? I address this topic by exploring, on the one hand, the conventional duty of rescue at sea under international law and, on the other, the individual duty of Samaritan aid on land. I argue that the rescue of boat people has features that clearly distinguish it from both of these duties, including the possibility of moral hazard, where successful rescues encourage others to make dangerous sea crossings. In consequence, we need to distinguish the duty that falls upon the master of an individual ship from the responsibilities of governments when establishing search-and-rescue missions or responding in other ways to seaborne migration. Unless governments owe person-specific obligations of redress towards migrants, they should be guided by consequentialist reasoning when making these decisions. The paper concludes by suggesting that our responses to the unfolding tragedy in the Mediterranean will be conditioned by our background beliefs about states’ rights to control their borders.

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The UK General Election in May 2015 resulted in a massive shift of votes and seats from Labour and the Liberal Democrats to the Scottish National Party in Scotland. Since election night commentators and political key-players have offered several explanations for the result. Using data from the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey before and – for the first time – after the election this seminar will separate the facts from the myths.

At this event a team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with Professor John Curtice and ScotCen Social Research, will present the results of their study into the 2015 General Election in Scotland for the first time. The research has been conducted under the auspices of The Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN).

Contrasting long-run changes since the advent of devolution with recent changes in voting behaviour and political attitudes will provide deep insights into the reasons underlying the outcome of the vote. It will also offer insights into Scotland’s political landscape as it prepares for Scottish Parliamentary elections in May 2016.

The event is open to the public and free to attend, but registration is required as places are limited.

View the full programme for this event.

Please register via Eventbrite

If you have any questions about this event, please email info@aqmen.ac.uk


Wednesday, February 17, 2016 –

12:15 to 16:00






Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, High School Yards, Infirmary Street

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