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19th Annual ASEN Conference - Nationalism & Globalisation

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The Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) is holding its 19th Annual Conference, entitled “Nationalism and Globalisation”, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 31st March - 2nd April 2009, at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Nationalism and globalisation are complex phenomena generating vigorous academic debates. Yet, there has been little sustained theoretical and empirical consideration of their relationship, and no framework devised capable of satisfactorily dealing with the interactions between the two, especially as these change over time and vary from place to place. Yet nationalism has both shaped, and been shaped by globalization. This conference seeks to explore the relationship between nationalism and globalisation in its various forms, primarily focusing on the impact of globalisation on national identity, national sovereignty, state-formation, and the ways in which nationalism has shaped globalising processes.

The conference includes keynote addresses from the following scholars in the field, including. :


Professor Stephen Castles|, Professor of Migration and Refugee Studies, and Director of the International Migration Institute (IMI), at the University of Oxford. Author of Ethnicity and Globalization|

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Professor John Hall|, Professor of Sociology, McGill University, Canada. Writings include
Hall, J.A. and R. Schroeder, Eds. (2006). An Anatomy of Power: The Social Theory of Michael Mann|.

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Professor Michael Keating, Professor in Regional Studies, European University Institute, Florence. Author of Nations Against the State, The New Politics of Nationalism in Quebec, Catalonia and Scotland|.

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Professor Stephanie Lawson|, Professor of International Relations, Macquarie University, Australia, Author of Culture & Context in World Politics|

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Professor Juergen Osterhammel|, Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Konstanz. Author of Globalization: A Short History|

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Professor John Sidel|, Professor of International and Comparative Politics, London School of Economics. Author of Islamist Threat in Southeast Asia |

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The conference will also include a round-table discussion with, Professor John Breuilly |and Dr. John Hutchinson|.

The first day will explore the theoretical and historical relationship between globalisation, nationalism and national identities. The second day will examine current issues such as migration, arms proliferation, financial crisis, multinational corporations and global consumer culture and their impact on the nation-state and national identities. The third day will focus on the interaction between globalisation and novel forms of nationalism and regional identities as well as nationalist responses to supranationalism, including European integration. The conference will adopt a multi-disciplinary approach focusing on historical, theoretical and contemporary aspects of the theme.