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Interdisciplinary Research Forum Event no: 2 - Varieties of Nationalism and Diaspora: Lifecycles

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Thursday, 2 April 2020 at 17:00 (BST)

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Event no. 2 of the Interdisciplinary Research Forum


Varieties of Nationalism and Diaspora: Lifecycles


This workshop explores a variety of related themes in the study of nationalism, diasporas and identity in a
global context, drawing on perspectives from the disciplines of history, international relations, politics and
sociology. We introduce different methodologies, and use the concepts of fundamentalism, economic
nationalism and demographic change to survey contemporary diversities.

Four papers will be briefly presented, followed by a discussion on the potential for further interdisciplinary
study of these themes.

1. Erdi Öztürk and Dr Bahar Baser*, Coventry University: New Turkey’s new diasporas

Using Turkey and its recent diaspora governance policy as a case study, this study demonstrates
that diaspora governance enables the state to create, depending on the context, potentially
ideological and repressive transnational state apparatuses that can assume both positive and
negative forms. * Please note, Dr Baser is unable to be present for this event.


2. Alistair Ross: Cohort cohesion: young Europeans’ constructions of nationalism and migration

Drawing on empirical data, this paper will examine how many young Europeans construct
nationalism and racist attitudes towards migrants as elements of their European identity. From
this, it is hypothesised that a new cohort is emerging, members of whom differentiates themselves
from earlier generations by their attitudes towards migration and diversity.


3. Gordana Uzelac: Rhetorics of economic nationalism: bargaining with migrants

Recently, economic nationalism became the dominant political ideology on the British political
scene.  Through a comparative analysis of speeches of Boris Johnson and Nicola Sturgeon, the
paper shows how their rhetoric normalizes the perception of migrants as both economic benefit
and economic detriment.

4. Prof. Don MacRaild: Reflections on diasporas and transnationalism

Questioning the predominance of theory in describing diasporas, and the under-theorizing in
some historical accounts, this paper explores the value of transnational methodology in
demonstrating the existence of historical diasporas. The paper draws on examples from the
British and Irish migration history and focuses on global interactions between organizations and
the individuals who led them.

Booking closes on Monday 23 March at 11.59 pm. Copies of workshop papers will be sent to all registered participants before the workshop. 





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Thursday, 2 April 2020 at 17:00 (BST)

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