Coming Soon, H-Nationalism’s Question of the Month!

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Dear H-Nationalism Subscribers, 

This May, H-Nationalism will inaugurate a series of monthly questions designed to prompt debate, reflection, and advice. Managed by Simon Purdue of Northeastern University, the series will provide an open, moderated forum for nationalism researchers, teachers, and public intellectuals. Please help make this series a centerpiece of our rich and diverse field of study. Scholars of all ranks are invited to comment, whether briefly or at length. All comments will go through an editorial review process, which keeps our discussion free from “trolling” and other negative behaviors associated with the web. 

Best wishes, 

David Prior

One possible question: 
Which is the relationship between nationalism and climate change?
I wonder if there is anyone studying this complex subject.

Thank you for your suggestion. This is a fascinating question and I’m intrigued to read the responses that it will solicit. I’ll be adding it to our list so we’ll hopefully get to it in a few months time!

Thanks again,

Simon Purdue

Thanks a lot, Simon. 

I have searched some of the top ranking nationalism studies journals (Nations and nationalism, SEN -Studies of ethnicity and nationalism, Nationalism and ethnic politics, Ethnicities, Ethnopolitics) and couldn't find any article even touching the complex relationship between nationalism and climate change. I have only found a small number of mostly circumstantial (casual) mentions of climate change according to the following distribution:

Nations and Nationalism: 8 mentions (including a roundtable, book reviews and an introductory piece written by me).

Ethnopolitics: 3 mentions (one political theory article, two case studies)

Nationalism and Ethnic Politics: 3 mentions (all case studies)

Ethnicities: 2 mentions (2 theoretical articles)

Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism: 2 mentions (including a 2009 article)

Even more worryingly, I have found no mentions of the geo-historical concept of Anthropocene, nor any of its more controversial derivates (Capitalocene, Occidentalocene, Consumerocene, and so on), despite the fact that these have been introduced and debated in nearly all the social sciences. Considering that there is a vast emerging political science literature on this concept and associated ones, like the 'environmental state', 'greening the state' and ecopolitics, this is rather puzzling . 

Here is the Anthropocene breakdown :

Nations and Nationalism: 0 mentions 

Nationalism and Ethnic Politics: 0 mentions 

Ethnopolitics: 0 mentions

Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism: 0 mentions

Ethnicities: 0 mentions   

Given the fact that many ultranationalists are, or have been, climate change deniers, I find this lack of attention within the nationalism studies scholarship quite astonishing. 

We may simply pause and consider how the new chronology can be antithetical to Ernest Gellner's stress on the modernity-nationalism linkage and its  potential for a paradigm shift in the Kuhnian tradition. 

It is therefore a topic which deserves urgent attention.  

Best wishes, 

Daniele Conversi