Archive for April, 2016

Professor Geoff Eley (University of Michigan) will be visiting HCA on Monday 16 May 2016 to give a seminar paper on ‘Europe in the World, 1914-1940: Race, Colony, Empire’.

The event will be held in the Meadows Lecture Theatre, 16.00-17.30, with a reception afterwards in the McMillan Room.

Geoff Eley is the Karl Pohrt Distinguished University Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Michigan. His books include: Forging Democracy: The History of the Left in Europe, 1850-2000 (2002); A Crooked Line: From Cultural History to the History of Society (2005); and Nazism as Fascism: Violence, Ideology, and the Ground of Consent in Germany, 1930-1945 (2013). He is a long-standing member of the Editorial Board of the journal Social History.

The event is jointly sponsored by Social History and by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology as part of the Economic and Social History seminar series.

All are welcome to attend (staff, postgraduate and other students, and visitors).

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The second volume of Studies on National Movements has been published. The highlight of this volume is a series of eight articles analysing Welsh and Catalan nationalism. There is also a review article on cultural nationalism and a debate on the pre-modernity of nations and nationalism.


The contributions on Catalan and Welsh nationalism originate from a double seminar at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) and Swansea University in 2013-2014. Subject of these meetings was the shared fight of the Welsh and Catalan national movements against their relative invisibility: notions of ‘Britishness’ and ‘Hispanidad/Hispanismo’ were at least for over a century pervasive, overshadowing alternative identities.

After an introduction by Syd Morgan and Enric Ucelay-Da Cal, the articles explore several aspects of the central theme. The origins of national identity, the road to self-consciousness and geography and identity are among the perspectives assuring a valuable contribution to comparative history. Moreover, this volume of SNM is at the same time a fundamentally interdisciplinary project, with articles written by historians, political and literary scientists alike.

Other contributions in this volume of SNM are equally interesting. The first contribution of State of Nationalism, a bibliographical project supported by NISE and the University of East London, is a review article of cultural nationalism, the type of nationalism focusing on the cultivation of a nation. Another novelty in SNM is the ‘Roundtables & Interviews’ section, offering a debate between Caspar Hirschi and Joep Leerssen (with a contribution by Stephen Grosby) on The origins of nationalism, Hirschi’s 2012 study that caused quite a stir among nationalism scholars.

Free access to all SNM contributions can be found on the journal’s website.


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The second contribution in the State of Nationalism (SoN) has been published. In this latest article, Dr Gayle Munro (University College London) explores the theme of transnationalism. A list of more than one hundred annotated references is included with this review article that evaluates the key works on this important topic.


Transnationalism is a concept that originated largely in migration studies but has since gained widespread attention and sparked considerable debate. In her piece, Munro traces the development of the literature on transnationalism, exploring its economic, political, cultural and social dimensions. The overview of the various definitions of the concept, and engagement with the debates about its usefulness and innovation, will be of considerable value to both scholars and students. Most notably, Munro discusses the curious lack of engagement with theories of nationalism in the transnationalism literature, which indicates there is considerable potential for future studies to explore the intersections between nationalism and transnationalism.

Both the article and the annotated bibliography can be found at the SoN website: http://stateofnationalism.eu/

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The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Regional Origins, Present Reality, Future Prospects

Co-organised by The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES), the Centre for Syrian Studies, University of St Andrews and the University of Edinburgh, the event will expore the Syrian Refugee crisis from an academic perspective and then broaden the debate to hear from refugees and representatives from the charity sector.

When: Friday, 29 April 2016 from 09:30 to 17:00 (BST)

Where: University of Edinburgh – Screening Room G.04, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures 50 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LH

All are most welcome to attend and registration is free: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-syrian-refugee-crisis-regional-origins-present-reality-future-prospects-tickets-24677400770?aff=ebrowse

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The Centre of Canadian Studies and Celtic and Scottish Studies are delighted to present a lecture by Dr Stéphanie Chouinard, Université de Montréal and Visiting Scholar, Centre of Canadian Studies.

Stéphanie Chouinard (Université de Montréal)
‘The evolution of Canada’s language rights regime: the advances and limits of legal mobilization for official-language minorities’.

This talk will aim to shed light on the evolution of Canada’s language rights regime since the adoption of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982. Francophone minority communities as well as Anglo-Quebeckers have since 1982 gradually turned to the courts to have their claims for recognition and autonomy heard and their newly-entrenched language rights interpreted and applied by the judiciary. How did the judges, and the Supreme Court justices in particular, respond to these claims? The talk will demonstrate, through an analysis of the Supreme Court jurisprudence of the last three decades, the advances as well as the limits of legal mobilization in order to drive change in Canada’s language rights regime.

Wednesday 20 April, 17:15
Room G05, 50 George Square

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‘Nationalism, Migration and Population Change’, 19-21 April, LSE

The final programme for the 2016 ASEN Conference is now available to view here. To secure your place at this year’s conference please ensure that you register by Tuesday 12th April.

Those who have already registered are now able to sign up for the conference workshops here (via login). It is free to sign up to these events, however spaces are strictly limited and prior registration is essential. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

A handful of places are also still available at this year’s Conference Dinner, which will take place on Wednesday 20th April. For more information click here.

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