Monday 02 October 2017, 4p.m.

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

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Jean-Francois Dupré, a graduate of the MSc in Nationalism Studies here at the University of Edinburgh, has just published his first book! It’s on a fascinating topic, language politics in Taiwan. And it’s also a great read! Congratualtions J-F!



The deadline for the delivery of articles for the “Studies” (Studi) section and the texts for the “Reviews and Debates” (Rassegne e Dibattiti) section to be published in the 11 issue of “Nazioni e Regioni” (June 2018) is January 31, 2018. As regards the book reviews (1.500 words), the deadline for their delivery is April 15, 2018.
The journal accepts contributions that analyze theoretical questions related to nationalism and regionalism, enquiries on the current situation of the study of specific cases, researches on concrete aspects of national construction analyzed from different scientific angles. Texts must not have been published previously. The submitted articles, whose length must not exceed 9,000 words, in Microsoft Word or Open Office format (doc, rtf o odt), must include on a separate sheet a short bio of the author and a 100-word abstract; three to five keywords must be indicated. The submitted articles will go through an anonymous peer review procedure.
The “Reviews and Debate” section is a space devoted to the presentation of an ongoing debate (whether theoretical, cultural or political), and to the attendant critique of recently published works which are deemed of particular theoretical or interpretive interest, in order to favour the dialogue and the cross-fertilization of different ideas and opinions on specific issues, articles, reviews, etc. The contributions submitted for this section, whose length must not exceed 4,000 words, will go through a procedure of internal evaluation by the editorial staff.

The journal is published in Italian, but it will accept contributions also in English, Spanish, French, Russian, Catalan. The texts will be translated by the editorial staff. The authors are kindly requested to follow the editorial guidelines below and not to exceed the accepted length; otherwise, their texts will not be taken into consideration for publication. The editorial guidelines of the journal are available on the following link: http://www.nazionieregioni.it/?page_id=278
For further information, please contact the editorial staff at the address: nazionieregioni@gmail.com

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Federalism, defined as a form of government that strives to unite different socio-economic and cultural contexts into one political institutional framework, has a long history. Federalism requires a constant negotiation between local identity and federal integration as well as a new demarcation between the federal identity and the outsider. Since Antiquity, this political structure has undergone to a wide range of transformations that have both strengthened and threatened its existence. Recent political events, e.g. the Scottish independence referendum in 2014, Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, highlight once more the tensions, failures and potential of federal constitutions, both in cases where these exist or The persistence of this precarious balance from the ancient to the modern states shows the potentiality and the risks of federalist structures.

This conference, generously supported by the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, aims to explore possible links between federal states in Antiquity and today. It assumes that, despite the different historical contexts that are responsible for the formation of distinct federal systems, there are recurrent themes, which affect and influence federalism in both periods. By inviting papers that are connected to three of these recurrent themes, i.e. identity in federal states, their workings, and their ideology, the conference hopes to spark debate and provide new insights into continuities and discontinuities between ancient and modern forms of federalism.

Proposals are invited for 20- to 30-minute papers on topics relating to these three aspects of federalism. More specific topics for discussion may include, but are not limited to:

  • the influence of local identity on federal politics
  • the failure and/or success of federal states
  • institutions of federal states
  • the individual within federal states
  • the philosophy of federal states
  • the direct influence of Greek federations on their modern counterparts

Please submit an abstract of no more than 400 words and a short bio to Elke Close at E.Close@ed.ac.uk by 2 June 2017. For further enquiries about the conference, please contact Kasper Swerts (kswerts@exseed.ed.ac.uk), Alberto Esu (Alberto.Esu@ed.ac.uk) or Elke Close.

The Working Group on “State-Building Nationalism in Multinational Democracies” within the XIII Congress by the Spanish Association of Political Science and Administration (AECPA) to be held in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia (Spain), between 20th and 22nd September 2017, is now accepting paper proposals.


To many authors, dual identities are the key factor guarantying stability in multinational democracies. This, however, depends on the existence of leaders who willfully choose to accommodate instead of polarize these dual identities. In these multinational contexts, however, the politicization of identities has traditionally become the basis of peripheral nationalisms and their demands regarding self-government, self-determination and even political independence.

This Working Group will focus on the behavior of state-wide political actors within multinational democracies characterized by the politicization of identities and increasing demands by peripheral nationalisms. Possible research questions include: How do state-wide political parties answer the demands of the peripheral nationalisms? Do they explicitly try to maintain the unity, stability and continuity of the state, or do they limit themselves to banal nationalist practices? Do they apply restraining measures o do they accommodate peripheral nationalisms? Do they mainly use reactive or proactive strategies? How do current state-building nationalisms try to build/strengthen national identity and loyalty to the state in the face of the peripheral nationalist challenges? What are the consequences of the different strategies employed?

This Working Group is open to theoretical as well as empirical studies. Case studies, focusing either in Spain or any other multinational democracy, as well as comparative papers are equally welcome. Paper in both Spanish or English will be accepted.

Proposals for the Working Group “State-Building Nationalism in Multinational Democracies” should be received before March 22th 2017, and should be submitted through the Congress webpage. Please contact the chair, Antonia Ruiz (amruiz@upo.es), if you need help or have any doubt.

A reminder: if you do not have an AECPA account you must register first. You may do so as a user (needed to be able to submit proposal) or an associated member (paying the corresponding fees). Use this link to register:


After registering you can login to your account and send a paper proposal. Use this link to send a proposal:


Select the group you want to submit to, in this case GT 2.6. Nacionalismo estatal en democracias plurinacionales.

Looking forward to your papers…!

CfP The personal and emotional dimension of nationhood in European history (19th century to WWII)

31 May – 1 June 2017 Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany

CfP deadline: 15 March 2017

Convenors: Xosé M. Núñez Seixas (LMU), Maarten Van Ginderachter (Antwerp University) and Andreas Stynen (NISE, Antwerp)

This workshop welcomes case studies with a historical dimension from across the field of the humanities and the social sciences. The aim is to publish an edited volume with an international academic publisher or a themed issue of an international academic journal.

Successful applicants will have their accommodation costs completely covered and their travel expenses reimbursed. In exchange, participants will give the right of first publication to the organizers of the workshop.

Please send a 500 word abstract of your paper and a short academic biography of 5 lines to Maarten.VanGinderachter@uantwerpen.be; x.nunez@lmu.de; and andreas.stynen@nise.eu. Deadline is 15 March 2017. You will be informed of our decision by 15 April 2017.

Call for Papers

For over two decades the individual construction and personal, emotional experience of nationhood has been at the centre of scholarly attention in the fields of ethnography, sociology, political geography and social psychology. This so-called ‘affective turn’, closely related to the new history of emotions, has also been described as a shift towards the study of personal nationalism (Anthony Cohen), embedded nationalism (Jonathan Hearn) or embodied nationalism (Anne Mcclintock). These and other scholars do not merely conceptualize nationhood as a collective category construed in opposition to a national ‘Other’, but also as a personal sense of belonging predicated on emotional experiences, and reproduced by individuals in manifold dimensions of their daily life.

Benedict Anderson famously asked “why [do nations] command such profound emotional legitimacy”, but historians have only recently begun tackling this question. The paradox is that “the most personal of subjects – human feelings” has yet to be dealt with on the level of individual experience, partly because both the history of emotions and that of nationalism have generally only studied the most articulate social groups. (Matt & Stearns)

Thus, the workshop’s central issue is a variation on Katherine Verdery’s basic question: how did Europeans become national in the past? How did they draw on nationhood to construct their own sense of self? How did they invest a generic social category that was available to them in public life with personal meaning? How was it linked to their own emotional experiences? The workshop is specifically interested in applying these questions to the 19th and the first half of the 20th century.

Possible topics of enquiry include:

  • the transnational dimension, e.g. displacement of prisoners of war, expats and migrants who are forced to position themselves in revealing ways
  • autobiography, ego-documents and national identification
  • the impact of family and friendship ties, of moments of crisis, etc.
  • Saul/Paul conversions in nationalist/anti-nationalist autobiographies, or individuals who experienced a change of national loyalties in the course of their lives

Possible questions to ask are:

  • how can one generate evidence of emotions connected to nationalism, especially among ordinary people, with the available sources?
  • which emotional triggers might move individuals from a position of ‘indifference’ to active national engagement / consciousness?
  • what role do notions of loyalty, honour, sacrifice, kinship, love (and hatred) etc. play in transferring emotions to the national sphere?

This workshop is coordinated by the POHIS-Centre for political history of Antwerp University, funded by the ‘International Scientific Research’ program of the Research Foundation of Flanders, in cooperation with Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and NISE.