Nation/Boundaries/Place: Reappraising the Global Sphere

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Call for Papers
January 15, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Nationalism History / Studies, Political History / Studies, Intellectual History, Geography, Modern European History / Studies

In the 1980s and 1990s, the swift decline of the national space as the basis for research in the humanities and the social sciences cleared the way for theories of globalization and globality, and for the subordination of the national.


In the subsequent years, however, we have seen the rise and rise of nationalisms of the right and populist movements of the left that are positioned to challenge the global turn and many associated ideas from postnationalism to glocality and postmodernism. Responses to the new nationalism in social theory have varied greatly:  is it simply a backlash against the inevitable march of globalization or a response to an emerging crisis of the political itself?


We invite paper proposals that consider how recalling, reinventing or referencing the nation is challenging the contemporary discursive parameters of the global as structured by understandings of space and time and/or the practical institutional arrangements of globalization, economic interdependence, cultural convergence or global governance. Papers may discuss these issues theoretically or historically, analytically or normatively, from one of several disciplinary or cross-disciplinary viewpoints, and in relation to various realms of discourse: academic discourse, especially in political theory, cultural studies, history, media studies etc.; or popular discourse in mass media, social media or political parties. Papers may be proposed in relation to specific nations or across national borders.


Please send proposals to by January 15, 2016. We welcome proposals that address one of the following questions.


1. What is the relation between expressions of commonality – language, public, commonweal, community, or commons – and conceptions/representations of nation or national identity?


2. Thinking/rethinking enclosure: how do borders, boundaries, frontiers, edges, ecosystems, ecologies pertain to nation-state territoriality?


3. Time and identity: memory, futurity, historicism, post-historicism. How does the reception, representation, recollection or prediction of time affect conceptions of nation?


4. Rethinking “glocality” and/or “governance”: what developments in geography and heterodox economics tell us about the functions, roles and potential futures of the nation-state?


5. How the practice and conception of citizenship impact our understanding of nation or national identity?

Contact Info: 

Event coordinator: Mark Luccarelli, PhD, Associate Professor in North American Studies at the Institute for Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway. The event is connected to the propject 'Discourses of the Nation and the National'.