H-Nationalism is a forum for conversation across academic and national frontiers and encompasses matters involving theory, methodology, history, and case studies of nationalism, nation formation, national identity, and related topics.
H-Nationalism Flash-Interview with Dr. Alexander Motyl, Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Newark, New Jersey
Marharyta Fabrykant conducted the following interview with Dr. Alexander Motyl on Monday, April 14, 2014.
MF: Nationalism studies have been so popular for so long that they are being looked down at as a beaten track. Why do you think nationalism is still worth studying?
AM: However defined or assessed, nationalism was, is, and will long remain one of the most important political-cultural phenomena in the world. Scholars are entitled to study anything, but they are obligated to study the things that matter most—such as nationalism.
The third edition of the (Non) Western Fashion Conference is focussing on the politics of fashion from a global perspective. Despite so-called fashion globalization, the epicentre of fashion is still very much concentrated in Europe. But what do we really know about the global politics of fashion? How does fashion intersect with global politico-economic processes? What are the global power relations embodied in fashion? How do the meanings of fashionable and traditional dress relate to that hegemony? How should agency and orientalism be understood? What are the mechanisms that ensure that the centre of fashion is retained in Europe? How can alternatives be identified and how are they co-opted? What are the politics of fashion appropriation and exclusion?