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11
Mar

Symposium Series, Winter Semester 2010 with Dr. Rolf Strøm-Olsen, Professor of Humanities

Sala Capitular, Segovia Campus, IE University. Wednesday March 24, 18:30-20:30 

Symposium III: The Nations Within 

Having examined the emergence of nationalism as a relatively recent creation of historical and economic forces, our next symposium will deal with the important and often controversial question of what rights accrue to and within the nation in a modern political, constitutional and cultural context. 

 If our understanding of national identity is circumscribed by a specific type of historical development, what does that mean for the persistence of the nation state today and tomorrow? In the context of cultural pluralities in countries like Belgium and Canada, Romania and China, Spain and the Ukraine, how can we accommodate nations with nations? The idea that modern nations must move beyond traditional forms of nationalism has been referred to as “cosmopolitan nationalism,” a form of identity that is broad enough to contain multiple distinct cultural, religious, ethnic and/or linguistic identities within the mantle of a single national culture.  But as the serious and often fractious movements of independence or autonomy in many of these regions demonstrate, the principles of cosmopolitan nationalism are fraught with tensions: between majority and minority, between competing language groups and within political superstructures. 

Our third symposium will confront these idea head on. Where does the national boundary stop? And how sacrosanct is the idea of the nation and national identity? What rights should distinct cultural groups enjoy under a national political heading, and should these rights be restricted to “historical” communities or enjoyed by everyone who can stake a claim to a distinct heritage? Should questions like immigration, education, language and taxation reflect a national or cosmopolitan agenda? Finally, looking forward, how might our definition of national identity change under the pressures and stresses of competing agendas under the nationalist umbrella? 

To confirm your participation and to receive the readings, please send an email to ArtsHumanities@ie.edu, with the subject ‘Symposium.’

Prof. Rolf Strøm-Olsen received his doctorate in History from Northwestern University and is a professor of Humanities at IE University

17
Feb

Reconsidering Nations and Nationalism

Written on February 17, 2010 by Roberto Arribas in Arts & Humanities, Learning Activities, Seminars

Symposium Series, Winter Semester 2010 with Dr. Rolf Strøm-Olsen, Professor of Humanities Sala Capitular, Segovia Campus, IE University

Sala Capitular, Segovia Campus, IE University 

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010-02-17 18.30-20.00

Reconsidering Nations and Nationalism

Writing in the 17th century, Thomas Hobbes, the subject of our first Symposium, simply assumed that there was such a thing as nations, that “English” or “French” were self-explanatory categories of political and social identity. But what makes someone “English” or “French?” This question plagued thinkers starting in the late eighteenth century and remains an actively debated question today. Our second Symposium tackles the big questions of nationalism from both a historical and theoretical perspective. Using the influential and controversial work by Ernst Gellner, Nations and Nationalism, as a starting point, we’ll ask whether the concept of the nation is, in fact, a modern construction, a result of economic forces (as Gellner argued) that serve to coalesce identities into national categories. We will consider several crucial questions around the topic.

1. Does nationalism manufacture difference between ethnic and linguistic groups and did Western colonialism accelerate the development of nationalist identities?

2. What are the contradictions between nationalism and liberalism, between closing borders to reinforce identities versus opening borders to expand prosperity?

3. What role has the media played in reinforcing nationalist identities?

4. In an age of economic and political globalisation, do we have to redefine our concept of what the nation means?

To confirm your participation and to receive the readings, please send an email to ArtsHumanities@ie.edu , with the subject ‘Symposium.’ Prof. Rolf Strøm-Olsen received his doctorate in History from Northwestern University and is a professor of Humanities at IE University.

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