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Special Issue on “Empires and Nationalism” Guest Editors: Ho-Fung Hung; Sefika Kumral In the 18th and 19th centuries, Empires became the center stage for resistance by nationalist movements; and were eventually superseded by nation-states in the 20th century. With the turn of the 20th century, it was predicted that nation-states, and nationalism for that matter, … [Read more…]

Featured weekly article: Reinterpreting the Past or Asserting the Future? National History and Nations in Peril – The Case of the Tibetan Nation

Reinterpreting the Past or Asserting the Future? National History and Nations in Peril – The Case of the Tibetan Nation By Anne-Sophie Bentz Volume 6, Issue 2, pages 56-70   Abstract In this paper, I will explore the idea that the importance of the past tends to become overwhelming when the nation is in peril. The … [Read more…]

Featured weekly article: The Importance of Culture in Civic Nations: Culture and the Republic in France

The Importance of Culture in Civic Nations: Culture and the Republic in France By Vincent Martigny Volume 8, Issue 3, pages 543-559   Abstract This article discusses Hans Kohn’s argument that civic nations pay little attention to cultural claims in their definition and practice of citizenship, by looking at the political system in France and its … [Read more…]

Exhibiting ‘Turkishness’ at a Time of Flux in Turkey: An Ethnography of the State

Exhibiting ‘Turkishness’ at a Time of Flux in Turkey: An Ethnography of the State Canan Nese Karahasan (Department of Sociology, University of Edinburgh, UK, 2015) Supervisors: Michael Rosie, James Kennedy   Canan Nese Karahasan recently received her Ph.D. degree in sociology from the University of Edinburgh. Her Ph.D. research is an ethnographic study of the … [Read more…]

Featured weekly article: Towards a Trans-border Identity in the Upper Rhine Area? Regional Cohesion in the Grip of the Nation-State

Towards a Trans-border Identity in the Upper Rhine Area? Regional Cohesion in the Grip of the Nation-State By Angeliki Koukoutsaki-Monnier Volume 15, Issue 2, pages 213-229   Abstract How should we discuss trans-border identities across the Franco-German-Swiss border area? Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, this article aims to establish a conceptual framework in order to apprehend and … [Read more…]

Featured weekly article: Understanding Taliban Resurgence: Ethno-Symbolism and Revolutionary Mobilization

Understanding Taliban Resurgence: Ethno-Symbolism and Revolutionary Mobilization By Kareem Kamel Volume 15, Issue 1, pages 66-82   Abstract This article argues that the post-2001 Taliban resurgence was due to their capacity to act as resourceful ethnic entrepreneurs through selective usage of dominant Pashtun and Islamic mythomoteurs in the process of symbolic cultivation. Through comparative historical analysis … [Read more…]

Featured weekly article: Anticipatory Representation: Building the Palestinian Nation(-State) through Artistic Performance

Anticipatory Representation: Building the Palestinian Nation(-State) through Artistic Performance By Chiara De Cesari Volume 12, Issue 1, pages 82-100   Abstract This article aims to illuminate the ways in which artists and cultural producers can participate in forging the nation(-state) by performing its institutions, and by mocking its operations. It explores two experiments in setting up … [Read more…]

Featured weekly article: Ethnic Politics, Political Elite, and Regime Change in Nigeria

Ethnic Politics, Political Elite, and Regime Change in Nigeria By Henry Ani Kifordu Volume 11, Issue 3, pages 427-450   Abstract Since the 1960s, intermittent social conflicts in Nigeria appear mostly linked to ethnic groups’ differences. Considering the importance of regime change in social and political stability, this article critically analyses the historic and dynamic role … [Read more…]

Featured weekly article: Olympic Bidding, Multicultural Nationalism, Terror, and the Epistemological Violence of ‘Making Britain Proud’

Olympic Bidding, Multicultural Nationalism, Terror, and the Epistemological Violence of ‘Making Britain Proud’ By Mark Falcous and Michael L. Silk Volume 10, Issue 2, pages 167-186   Abstract This paper excavates the entanglement of British nationalist identity politics with sport, terrorism, place re-imagining, mega-event bidding, and corporate neoliberalism. We focus on London’s 2012 olympic bidding … [Read more…]

Featured weekly article: Redefining National Identity and Nation-Building in Post-secession Sudans: Civic and Ethnic Models

Redefining National Identity and Nation-Building in Post-secession Sudans: Civic and Ethnic Models By Redie Bereketeab Volume 14, Issue 2, pages 301-318 Abstract The split of Sudan following popular referendum in South Sudan may have spurred a need for a serious reconsideration of national identity and nation-building in the two emerging states. Sudan is compelled to embark … [Read more…]