Understanding Nationalism in the Graveyard of Empire (III): Beneath the Eagle’s Wings

The last part of this series on the historiography of nationalism in Ukraine, ‘Histories Divided and Entwined’, looked at the significance of regionally-differentiated understandings of Ukrainian history. Scholars have emphasised that particular regions in Ukraine have been pivotal for the development of other national ideas in addition to only the Ukrainian, the most significant contemporary … [Read more…]

New Book: Nationalism, Ethnicity and Boundaries

New Book: Nationalism, Ethnicity and Boundaries

Nationalism, Ethnicity and Boundaries: Conceptualising and understanding identity through boundary approaches Edited by Jennifer Jackson and Lina Molokotos-Liederman – Routledge – 2014 – 252 pages Series: Routledge Studies in Nationalism and Ethnicity   (Based on the 2012 ASEN Conference) Nationalism and ethnicity have become, across time and space, a force in the construction of boundaries. This … [Read more…]

The Scottish independence referendum: effects and reactions in the UK and abroad

The Scottish independence referendum: effects and reactions in the UK and abroad

    The tiny victory of the ‘no’ side reveals Scotland’s strong perception of its identity and frightens the international community.   In the 18 September Scottish independence referendum, a slight majority of those who participated in the referendum voted ‘no’. Indeed, the ‘no’ side won with a narrow advantage – 55% to the 45% … [Read more…]

SEN News Bites: 1-7 December 2014

  NBC News (02/12/2014) reports on plans to conduct field tests for the 2020 Census in the US, particularly with regard to how to design questions on race and ethnicity which are generating a lot of debate. American Thinker (05/12/2014) features an opinion piece reflecting on issues of legitimacy in relation to the Israeli state … [Read more…]

Understanding Nationalism in the Graveyard of Empire: The Ukraine Case and Historiography of Nationalism (II) – Histories Divided and Entwined

In Ukraine, recent elections in the disputed separatist republics of the eastern regions  and national elections which have indicated a decisively pro-western turn in the country’s politics, have deepened internal divisions within the country. Comment on Ukrainian affairs has consistently emphasized the importance of regional factors and an ‘east-west’ divide in the country’s history and politics. Yet it … [Read more…]

“Nationalism: Diversity and Security”: ASEN Conference 2015

"Nationalism: Diversity and Security": ASEN Conference 2015

21st-23rd April 2015 at the London School of Economics and Political Science This call for papers is also available to download as a PDF, as is a poster advertising the conference. Nationalists are concerned that the nation should be secure from both external and internal threats. When the state is regarded as a nation-state, these … [Read more…]

Article Spotlights

Read on for Article Spotlights from the SEN Archives focusing on nationalism-related issues raised in SEN News Bites over the last several weeks. Alexander Shvarts’s piece considers Soviet Jewish diaspora identity in Canada: Alexander Shvarts, Soviet Jews in Toronto: Ethnic Self-Identity and Issues of Integration, Volume 13, Issue 1, 2003, pp. 38-55. The purpose of this paper is … [Read more…]

SEN News Bites: 17-23 November 2014

        Times Higher Education (18/11/2014) reports the results of recent research documenting the continued marginalisation and underrepresentation of ethnic minorities and women in top positions in UK universities. Russia Today (18/11/2014) features an extended summary of a recent interview with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin in which he warned about the dangers … [Read more…]

SEN News Bites: 3-9 November 2014

    Radio Free Europe (04/11/2014) reports the key points of a recent speech made by the President of Kyrgyzstan in which he warned that radical Islam and societal Islamization pose a constant threat to Kyrgyz national identity. The New York Times (05/11/2014) features an opinion piece reflecting on contemporary Russian ‘official’ nationalism on the … [Read more…]

Understanding Nationalism in the Graveyard of Empire: The Ukraine Case and Historiography of Nationalism (I)

Introduction In February of this year we witnessed the beginning of the 2014 Crimean Crisis. For decades this region, home to an ethnically Russian majority, as well as eastern Ukraine more widely, has been oriented more towards Russia than (western) Ukraine. Political instability in Ukraine centred in Kiev and a decision by the President Viktor Yanukovych … [Read more…]