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Hong Kong Nationalism poster

The Rise (and Fall?) of Hong Kong Nationalism?

Jean-François Dupré
SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Political Studies,
University of Ottawa

Monday, 30 October 2017, @5pm
Seminar Room 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square

All welcome!

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Monday 02 October 2017, 4p.m.

Seminar Room 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15 George Square.

ASEN_Ed Catalunyaasencat

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The ASEN Conference is the highlight of the Nationalism Studies year, and will be held in London 27-28 March 2017.


The evening prior to the conference sees the Annual Ernest Gellner Lecture, which this year will be delivered by John Hutchison (LSE) on the topic of Nationalism and War.

John is well known to colleagues at Edinburgh through his long-standing and excellent work in this area, and also as a former external examiner to our Masters programme.

The lecture will be held at 18.00 on Sunday 26 March at Birckbeck University, Malet St., London.

Entry to the lecture is free and unticketed.





The 27th Annual ASEN Conference will be held on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 March at the London School of Economics.



You can find full details about the conference CFP, keynote line up, registration etc at www.asen.ac.uk



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A seminar co-sponsored by our friends at the Centre for Canadian Studies and by the Citizens Nations and Migration Network, with clear relevance to Nationalism Studies:

Strange Bedfellows? Attitudes toward religious minority symbols in Quebec
Speaker        Luc Turgeon (University of Ottawa)

Date             Thursday 24th November
Time            1pm – 2.30pm
Location       Project Room, 50 George Square, Edinburgh
There will be a sandwich lunch at 12.30pm prior to the presentation. Please RSVP at this link to let us know if you are coming, so we can plan how much food to order: http://whoozin.com/DEP-DDG-XPRA 


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A clutch of nationalism-related seminars at the University of Edinburgh over the next few days …


1pm, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, 2 Hope Park Square.

Dr Luc Turgeon (University of Ottawa, IASH-SSPS Fellow): A Tale of Two Liberalisms? Attitudes toward Religious Minority Symbols in Quebec and the Rest of Canada.

[Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities Work in Progress talk]


3pm, Neil MacCormick Room, David Hume Tower.

Dr Balazs Majtenyi (Eotvos Lorand University): How the EU Becomes the Other: A Comparison of Hungarian Constitutional Crises and Brexit.

[Constitutional Law Discussion Group]


5pm, Room G16, William Robertson Wing, Medical School, Teviot Place.

Mark Jones (UCD): Killing under the Shadow of the Schießbefehl: Political and Cultural Mobilisation during the ‘March Uprising’ of 1919.                                                            

[Centre for the Study of Modern Conflict]


5.15pm, Room 2.13, Old Infirmary, 1 Drummond Street.

Professor Philip Goad (University of Melbourne. ESALA Geddes Visiting Fellow): Bauhaus Australia: modernism, migration and exile.

[Architectural History and Theory Seminar Series]


5.30pm, University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy.

Aaqil Ahmed (Head of Religion & Ethics and Commissioning Editor of Religion at the BBC): Fear mongering, Faith and the Responsibility of the Media.                         

[Alwaleed Centre / Scottish Inter-Faith Week]




2pm, Seminar Room, Chrystal Macmillan Building.

Malathi de Alwis; Trauma, Memory & Forgetting in Post-war Sri Lanka.

[School of Social and Political Science]



To join the IASH mailing list of seminars at the University of Edinburgh click on the link below and send the email, keeping the subject blank.


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Academy of Government/Nordic Horizons

Saturday 29 October 2016 – 12-5.30 pm

George Square Theatre, Edinburgh.

Brexit – Lessons that might be learned from the nordics – with six speakers from different Nordic countries.

Chaired by Lesley Riddoch

The Nordics manage to co-exist quite happily with every possible variation of relationship with the EU – in (Finland, Sweden, Denmark) out (Iceland and Norway) and shake it all about (Faroes and Greenland who are out while the “Mother Ship” Denmark is in). These two tiny Nordic players have no formal agreement with the EU, whilst Norway pays quite a bit to retain access to the single market. So quite a bit of variation.

Surely in all of this there are lessons for Scotland to learn – as a devolved government within the UK or possibly a small northern independent state sometime in the future.

So we’ve brought an interesting collection of speakers together for an afternoon conference which will be opened by the Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop;

Professor Mary Hilson – author of The Nordic Model, excellent Nordic Horizons speaker and now historian in the Dept of Culture and Society at Aarhus University Denmark will give a contemporary an historical overview of the Nordic nations and the EU.

Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson – ex leader of Iceland’s Social Democratic Party and former Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs was responsible for their negotiations to join the EEA in the 1990’s. He will reflect on both EFTA in 1970’s and EEA – how Iceland achieved exemptions on fishing/agriculture – the pros/cons of that – and Iceland’s temporary post-crash desire to be in the Euro BUT not the EU.

Tuomas Iso-Markku, Research Fellow, at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. Will reflect on why Finland appears to have a different relationship with the EU than many of its Nordic neighbours.

An important point is security – Russia next door — and the dangers to being a vocal small member.

Ulrik Pram Gad is Associate Professor of Arctic Culture and Politics at University of Aalborg, Denmark and recently published a paper on the triangular relation between Greenland, Denmark and the EU (quoted by Nicola Sturgeon). From 1998 to 2002 he worked for the Government of Greenland in Nuuk. Will discuss whether Scotland could do “a reverse Greenland’.

Dr. Duncan Halley, Scots born but now at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research – will discuss the advantages for Norway of controlling its land use, fisheries, and conservation outside the EU and will speculate on similar advantages for Scotland. Duncan gave a brilliant Nordic Horizons talk comparing land use and forestry in the Scottish Highlands and SW Norway in 2015.

Bjort Samuelsen – is a Republican MP in the Faroese Parliament, Member of the West Nordic Council and was Minister for Trade and Industry, Infrastructure and Gender Equality in 2008. She was originally a journalist and worked for Norwegian and Faroe Islands Broadcasting. Bjort will explain why the Faroes decided not to join the EU with Denmark in the 1970s and discuss how easy it has been outside all trade blocs as a nation of just 49k people.

After these speakers we will have a final session asking if anything we’ve heard has relevance for Scotland. Amongst the contributors in that final session will be; the Chair of the Scottish Parliament’s Europe & External Affairs Committee Joan McAlpine, Professors Andrew Scott and James Mitchell from University of Edinburgh, the author of A Utopia Like any Other, Dominic Hinde and hopefully Labour MEP Catherine Stihler.

The event has been organized by Nordic Horizons volunteers together with Edinburgh University’s Academy of Government and speakers’ costs have been met by a Scottish Government grant. We are charging for the first time to help pay for tea and coffee on the day and help us cover the cost of meals for speakers. So it’s a mighty £3!


Please book tickets via this Eventbrite link.


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*Tuesday 20 September 2016 (lunch and afternoon event)*

The implications of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union are still emerging. However, it is clear that the relationships between Scotland, the rest of the UK and the EU will change dramatically over the next few years.

Join some of the country’s leading experts to discuss what the result means for the future.

Speakers confirmed so far:

Michael Keating, Professor of Politics (Aberdeen) and Director of the Centre on Constitutional Change
Nicola McEwen, Professor of Territorial Politics (Edinburgh) and Associate Director of the Centre on Constitutional Change
Ailsa Henderson, Professor of Politics (Edinburgh)
Alan Page, Professor of Public Law (Dundee)
David Heald, Professor of Public Sector Accounting (Glasgow)

The event will be chaired by former First Minister, Henry McLeish.




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Banting COnference web graphics

Federalism and the Welfare State in a Multicultural World

This workshop will take stock of the social contract in Canada, focusing on three of its key dimensions: federalism, social policy, and multiculturalism. Each of these needs to be periodically updated, and the most recent federal election, in October 2015, indicates a public desire as well as the political will to renew the social contact. Current realities render this re-examination timely, for the social contract is fraying. Introducing their volume on Inequality and the Fading of Redistributive Politics, Banting and Myles warn: Canadian “governments have not responded energetically to the evidence of growing inequality, and they have not modernized the policy architecture in light of new social risks confronting Canadian families. Action and inaction, sins of omission and sins of commission, have weakened the redistributive state” (2013: 3).

The core of the workshop will be 11 presentations by leading Canadian and international academics – senior and emerging scholars – focusing on three broad themes: federalism, the welfare state, and multiculturalism, as well as a series of structured discussions between academics and policy-makers on the links between academic research and public policy-making (see program below). This structure has been selected in part as a reflection of Dr. Keith Banting’s distinguished contributions to scholarship and public debate, on the occasion of his retirement from the Queen’s School of Policy Studies and Department of Political Studies. While he is retiring, his core interests in understanding the forces that shape the social contract in Canada, and his commitment to linking academics and practitioners, remain as timely and relevant as ever.

General Registration: $177 (plus HST)
Student Registration: $75 (plus HST)
Visit the website for all the location and accommodation details.

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Dr Erle Rikmann (University of Jyväskylä, Finland / IASH Fellow): ‘Transnational civic activity online and offline: young Russian-speakers in Finland and Estonia’.

1:00pm – 2:00pm, The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, 2 Hope Park Square.

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