Seminar Series 2013/14

This page contains details of past seminars in the 2013-14 series on nationalism and education. YouTube videos are forthcoming.

Is Islam a Cultural Capital? - 5 March 2014

Dr Hatsuki Aishima

Wednesday, 5th March 2014 at 1815
Room KSW.2.13 at the LSE

Is Islam a Cultural Capital? Religion, Social Class and Education in Contemporary Egypt

Through an urban ethnography of young middle class Egyptians, my work explores the various ways in which the consumption of Islamic knowledge produced through mass media and education is intimately related to their aspiration of embracing middle class culture (Liechty 2002; Peterson 2011). Anthropological inquiries into mass media and Islam, particularly with regard to da‘wa practices, have demonstrated the significance of “staging” strategies of public religious personalities (Salvatore 1998) as well as the diverse ways in which mass-mediated Islam facilitates the sustenance of lay audiences’ moral disposition (Hirschkind 2006). This paper furthers such studies by shedding light on the youthful aspirations and challenges of educated Egyptian Muslims when engaging in da‘wa activities. Da‘wa is one of the most important concepts in modern Islam which may be glossed as an invitation, invocation, prayer, or missionary activities, depending on the context in which the word is used. In his work on Nepalese middle class, Mark Liechty (2002: 31) discussed “how media products constantly intersect with, promote, and naturalize a host of other commodities, helping to create ‘aura’ of meaning that surround other goods with consumer desires.” Taking into account the nexus of new media, the education industry and the global political economy, this study analyses how a strategic segment of young Egyptians were called upon to communicate with non-Muslims of the West about ways of being Muslim in the post-9/11 era.

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SEN Special Issue Event

Education and Ethno-Political Stability

Wednesday, 29th january 2014 at 1815
Room KSW.2.12 at the LSE

Presenting three papers from the new issues of Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism| (3 iii, December 2013):

Verena Wisthaler: ‘Identity politics in the educational system in South Tyrol (I): balancing between minority protection and the need to manage diversity’

Stuart Durkin: ‘Advancing Peace Culture in the Basque Autonomous Community: The Basque Education Plan for Peace and Human Rights (2008-2011)’

Andrew Webb and Sarah Radcliffe: ‘Mapuche Demands during Educational Reform, the Penguin Revolution and the Chilean Winter of Discontent"

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Véronique Bénéï - 12 December 2013

Writing the nation in Western India: history textbooks, competing narratives and affects of belonging

Dr. Véronique Bénéï, Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris.

Dr Bénéï's page at the CNRS.


Susanne Wiborg - 28 November 2013

State Formation and the Development of National Educational Systems

Dr Susanne Wiborg, Reader in Education and Head of Department of Lifelong and Comparative Education at the Institute of Education, will give the opening seminar in this academic year's seminar series, on 'Nationalism and Education'.

Dr Wiborg's page at the Institute of Education.

Room KSW.2.12 at the LSE at 1815.

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Jenny Ozga - 14 November 2013

Crafting the Narrative of Independence - the SNP, Education and the Political Work of Governing

A recording of this seminar can be found on our YouTube channel|.

Prof. Jenny Ozga, Professor of the Sociology of Education, University of Oxford

Nationalism is a key resource for the political work of governing Scotland, and education offers the Scottish National Party (SNP) government a policy space in which political nationalism (self determination) along with social and cultural forms of nationalism can be formed and propagated, through referencing ‘inwards’ to established myths and traditions that stress the ‘public’ nature of schooling/education/universities and their role in construction of ‘community’; and referencing ‘outwards’, especially to Nordic comparators, to education’s role in economic recovery and progress. The SNP government has been very active in the education policy field, and a significant element of their activity lies in promoting a discourse of collective learning in which a ‘learning government’ is enabled to lead a ‘learning nation’ towards greater independence. This presentation draws on recent and current research in order to analyse the construction of this discourse and the roles of key system actors in its mobilisation.

Prof. Ozga's page at the University of Oxford.

Room KSW.1.04 at the LSE at 1815.

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