Up-Coming Conferences and Calls for Papers

The Nationalism Project is pleased to offer this section as a forum for journal editors and others to solicit journal articles, conference papers, and book chapters from scholars around the world, as well as to announce up-coming conferences.

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Up-Coming Conferences

A one-day interdisciplinary conference for early-career researchers
University of Reading, United Kingdom
Friday 19 February 2010
Keynote speakers: Professor Brian Jenkins (Leeds) and Professor Mary Bryden (Reading)

CALL FOR PAPERS For individuals, communities or other subsidiaries nation, nationhood and nationalism are subject to a variety of morphologies. While normally associated with conservative political terrain, such concepts are interiorized, adapted, mutated, discarded, or internally disputed in multiple ways across many ideological divides.
Evidence of these morphologies is to be found in political, literary, philosophical and other discourses, providing contexts in which debates unfold concerning customs, laws, religions, languages, generations, regions, and micro-cultures.
They underpin controversies over the relationship of the individual to the collective.
They are woven into the tensions that affect the relationship between ethnic and racial groups and universalist notions of humanity or human rights.
They are especially crucial in the context of war, becoming fixed or mutating according to a variety of pressures.
They inspire both anti-Semitic and anti-clerical propaganda.
They inform reaction to emerging identities in the era of postcolonialism and in the context of an ever-expanding European Union.
They reach not only into the late twentieth- and early twenty-first centuries, but also back to pre-revolutionary Europe, and even concern the Middle Ages which prove a rich source of national or international paradigms in the modern period.
The aim of this conference will be to bring together especially early-career researchers for one day to dialogue on these and related themes.
Post-doctoral researchers, postgraduate students and other interested researchers in French, German and Italian Studies are invited to submit proposals for this conference (200 words max.) by 27th November 2009 to
Dr Brian Sudlow: b.j.sudlow@rdg.ac.uk



Florida Conference of Historians: Comics and Comic Book Culture
Wakula Springs, Florida
18-20 February 2010

From the debut of Superman in 1938 through recent tales of narrative crisis and politically divided superheroes, superhero comic books have made an indelible mark on American culture. The current popularity of stories and characters originating in comic books has expanded interest in the medium and in the superhero genre which itself incorporates a mixture of other genres. Recent scholarship has striven to define the superhero’s unique relationship to American culture. Submissions that address the ways the comic book superhero represents, constructs, and distorts American culture are welcomed. Submissions on comic culture, characters, and comics-inspired media are welcomed at the FCH annual meeting. The Media Arts and Culture SIS welcomes graduate students, undergraduates, and independent scholars who wish to participate. All conference invitees are eligible for review for inclusion in the FCH refereed published proceedings.

1. Paper title and abstract/proposal (300-500 words)
2. Brief vita or biography (one page max)
3. Complete personal information: name, department, academic affiliation, mailing address, and e-mail address.

Worthwhile topics include (but are not limited to):
Race and the Superhero
Gender and the Superhero
Superheroes and Nationalism
Religion and the Superhero
The Superhero in the Media
Superhero and Identity
Class and the Superhero
Abstracts and panel proposal should be sent to William Svitavsky: bsvitavsky@rollins.edu

William (Bill) Svitavsky
Rollins College
1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park, FL
Email: bsvitavsky@rollins.edu




Friendship and the Nation
3-7 March 2010

We are inviting proposals for an interdisciplinary workshop and a subsequent volume on “Friendship and the Nation.” The goal of the workshop is to explore how friendship, as both a social tie and a cultural construct, is involved in the shaping of national cultures, and in turn how the national shapes the ties friendship. Current scholarship on modern nationalism underscores the emergence of national identity in terms of the transformations of face-to-face interactions into ties between distant others. Some have also documented the significance of friendship and fraternity as a forceful metaphor for national ties. Yet by emphasizing anonymous or metaphorical aspects of national solidarity, researchers have ignored the impact of face-to-face relationships, organizational-social networks and public events on the development, the organization and the attraction of modern nation states and national movements.

Where current scholarship often focuses on the ways that the nation produces exclusionary practices with relation to its others perceived as strangers and enemies we seek to uncover the taken for granted cultural mechanisms of inclusion that render members of the nation into companions and friends. Reminding of Aristotle’s famous argument that friendship can serve as a model for the practice of citizenship, we seek for discussions that explore how individual expressions of friendship affect the public-political sphere and in turn how emotions of friendship are induced, managed and constrained by state institutions, the media, the education system, military and other agents of national socialization.

We invite related proposals from the social sciences and humanities that present a case-study or address a theoretical debate. We are particularly interested in contrasting innovative research from different regions of the world and different time periods since the 18th century. Possible frameworks and questions include: Sociology and politics of emotions. The nation-state distinguished itself from earlier forms of rule by building a more intimate relationship with its population, encouraging public interactions based on an authentic expression of the self. Contemporary therapeutic discourse further encourages manifestation of emotionality in the public sphere. How do expressions of friendship mediate between the stress on the emotional self and national modes of identification?

Collective memory. We invite studies in collective memory that explore the emotional economy of commemoration through the role of friendship in rituals of commemoration and public events (including media events). Whereas Benedict Anderson suggests that the anonymity of the sacrificial dead represents the abstract quality of “imaging the nation,” we ask how familiarizing with the dead, the living and the living-dead has become central to national identification.

Social Networks: Following studies on the historical role played by civic associations and social networks in promoting civic society we ask how interactions of sociability at the mezzo-level of organizations affect the national sphere, including networks in governance, work and commercial settings, military and social activism.

The conference is designed to prepare an edited volume. Paper givers will be asked to present first drafts of their book chapters for pre-circulation among participants and for intensive discussion at the conference. Funds for accommodation and modest travel reimbursement are provided by the generosity of Henry J. Leir, the Leir Foundation and the Henry J. Leir Luxembourg Program--Clark University. Interested applicants should submit: (1) title and one-page abstract of their paper; (2) CV and list of publications; (3) institutional affiliation or place of residence; (4) optionally a publication sample related to the current topic.

Website:  http://www.clarku.edu/departments/holocaust/faculty/facultybio.cfm?id=471&progid=5&

Please submit materials by 30 July 2009 to both emails below:
Danny Kaplan
Gender Studies and Sociology
Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel
Email: danny@dannykaplan.org
Thomas Kühne
Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Clark University, Worcester, Mass., U.S.A.
Email: tkuehne@clarku.edu


Mysticism, Myth, Nationalism
University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus, United Kingdom
23-24 July 2010

Mythical and mystical localities figure prominently in canonical literature and popular culture. This conference will explore how notions of the mystic past inflect current debates about nationhood and/or regionalism. We seek to engage with a wide range of approaches, and therefore invite proposals from disciplines including (but not limited to) archaeology, history, Celtic studies, anthropology, and literature. The conference aims to address such questions as: How are some places, such as Cornwall, felt to be particularly ‘haunted’ by a mythologized, mystic past? What impact does this perception have on their identity politics? How do different nations and regions compare? We are especially interested in how ‘Celtic’ areas such as Wales and Scotland compare to the rest of Britain, but are also keen to explore other locations.

Possible topics include:
* Archaeology and its role in the construction of nations
* The history of spirituality
* Nationalist and regional writing
* Gothic literature and fantasy
* Oral history and traditions
* Romanticized regions
* Memory and place
* Nationalism and globalization

We are also publishing an edited collection that will draw on selected papers of the conference.

Please send enquiries and proposals of 200-250 words to s.j.trower@exeter.ac.uk

Shelley Trower
University of Exeter,
Cornwall Campus
Email: s.j.trower@exeter.ac.uk


English and German Nationalist and anti-Semitic Discourse
Queen Mary College, University of London, United Kingdom
10-11 September 2010

The Historical Discourse Working Group would like to announce its first international conference English and German Nationalist and Anti-Semitic Discourse to be held at Queen Mary, University of London on 10-11 September 2010.

The conference organizers, Professor Felicity Rash and Dr Stefan Baumgarten, invite proposals in the form of abstracts of about 150-200 words on relevant topics in the analysis of pre-1945 nationalist, colonialist or anti-Semitic discourse. We welcome contributions that discuss issues of methodology or which adopt interdisciplinary approaches, and we hope to foster debate on points of contact between linguistics and the historical analysis of political and ideological discourse. We would be particularly interested in contributions on nationalist figures who are less well-represented in discourse research. It is hoped that academic colleagues at all levels of their careers, including postgraduate students, will offer to present papers or lead workshops.

The conference will be one of the events organized as part of the major research project, The Discourse of German Nationalism and Anti-Semitism 1871-1924, funded by the Leverhulme Trust and led by Prof. Felicity Rash and Dr Geraldine Horan. The project web-site will be live from 1 June 2009.

Key note speakers will include Ruth Wodak and Andreas Musolff.

It is intended that the conference proceedings will be published.

Please send expression of interest and abstracts to Dr Stefan Baumgarten by 15 January 2010; email: s.baumgarten@qmul.ac.uk

Website:  http://www.sllf.qmul.ac.uk/research/nationalismproject/

Dr Stefan Baumgarten
Historical Discourse Working Group
School of Languages, Linguistics and Film
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road, London E1 4NS
Phone: 0044-(0)20-7882-5284
Fax: 0044-(0)20-8980-5400
email: s.baumgarten@qmul.ac.uk



THE PATRIOTISM OF THE EXPATRIATES. Diasporas and national consciousness between Europe, the Mediterranean and beyond in the long 19th century

A common feature of several European national movements of the nineteenth century was their development outside the territorial space of the state or states they aimed at creating. National consciousness was often developed and elaborated within the circles of diaspora intellectuals and patriots living in exile. The aim of the conference is to explore the role intellectual and revolutionary diasporas played in creating, disseminating and negotiating ideas, and in producing shared values, principles and discursive patterns among patriots of different national origins. It seeks to study how ideas are shaped, how they circulate, and the contribution that diasporas themselves gave to the main ideological currents advocating change in the post-revolutionary world: patriotism, republicanism, liberalism, etc. It will focus on the interaction between the intellectual communities of the European and Mediterranean centres and these diasporas, as well as contacts and exchanges between different diasporas. It hopes to look not only at displaced intellectuals from Europe and the Mediterranean, but also at those coming to these regions from other continents. By looking at trans-national exchanges and trans-national civil societies, it seeks to de-nationalize the study of national consciousness, encourage comparative analysis and study the connections, relations and exchanges between different intellectual traditions and currents. It is hoped that the conference will represent an opportunity to discuss, question and revise some of the theoretical frameworks used by historiography to explore and interpret the circulation of ideas between Europe, the Mediterranean and the rest of the world, and that it will provide an opportunity to improve our understanding of the intellectual and cultural dynamics facilitated by the cross-border and cross national encounters.

The conference will be held in two parts:
a) A one-day workshop to be held in Nicosia (University of Nicosia).
Date : 30 May 2010
b) A two-day conference to be held in London (Queen Mary College, University of London) Date : 10-1 September 2010

Dr. Maurizio Isabella, Hist. Dept., Queen Mary College, University of London
Mile End Road, London EI 4NS, UK. Email: m.isabella@qmul.ac.uk
Dr Konstantina Zanou, University of Nicosia, Cyrpus. Email: czanou@gmail.com

Journal 452°F

We are pleased to announce a Call for Papers to be included on the second issue of our Journal 452ºF. This announcement is open to everyone holding a university degree and willing to take part in our recently launched project.

The procedure for the reception and publishing, always subject to the regulation that can be found in the “Evaluation and Peer Review system”, “Style-sheet” and “Legal notice” sections, is the following:

- Deadline for paper submission (full text): October 9th 2009, and those received afterwards will not be taken into consideration.

- The number of articles to be published is estimated in 12 to 16. 40% of the articles chosen will be written by doctoral students; while the number of papers written by members of the Editorial board will never exceed a 20% of the articles published.

- All articles will be included, depending on their contents, on the corresponding section of the Journal (monographic or miscellany).

- The monographic topic for the second issue is “National Identities and Literature: Problems and Possible Answers; this will include 4-6 articles; subtopics of particular relevance (not exclusive) include:

a. constitution of the relation between nation and literature
b. problems of this relation inside the discipline of Comparative Literature
c. Postcolonial Studies and national literatures
d. Literary analysis of texts that problematize / subvert this relation
e. Genealogies of national identities through Literature

The Editorial Board is committed to creating a thematic bibliography on this topic, according to the perspective available in the Monographic section of the website.

- The rest of the articles will be included in the Miscellany section. The contents and approach in these papers must be included inside the margins of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature, but otherwise are unlimited.

- Papers should be sent to the following email address: redaccion@452f.com; the email subject must be clear as to whether the paper qualifies for the Monographic or Miscellany sections of the Journal. It must also include the paper’s title and the author’s name.

Barcelona, June 29th 2009 452ºF Editorial Board

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Edifici d'estudiants – Edifici R.
Campus Bellaterra – Barcelona.
Email: revista@452f.com
Visit the website at http://www.452f.com



Sprawy Narodowosciowe / Nationalities Affairs (est. 1928)

Sprawy Narodowosciowe / Nationalities Affairs is a premiere European half-annual devoted to the interdisciplinary study of nationalism and ethnicity, published by the Polish Academy of Sciences.

The journal, initially published between 1928 and 1939, was revived in 1992. Since 2000, English-language contributions have regularly appeared in Sprawy Narodowosciowe / Nationalities Affairs. The inflow of submissions from all over the world was so intensive that it necessitated the publication of the collection, Nationalisms Across the Globe (2005-2006). The collection consists of two volumes (over 500 pages each), titled Europe and The World. (The collection can be ordered from the Amazon-style e-bookshop www.merlin.com.pl.)

We accept submissions on various aspects of the national and the ethnic, written from various disciplinary and methodological standpoints, and pertaining to all the geographical regions. We especially encourage contributions novel in approach as well as in form. Apart from the traditional academic-style articles, we are ready to consider biographical, opinion, and participatory observation essays.

Articles should be in English. The world limit is 10,000 except in special cases to be discussed with the Editors. Depending on the nature of a study, references can be given in footnotes or in parentheses with, in the latter case, the list of literature attached at the end of the contribution. Titles of quoted books and articles should be Romanized, if not in the Latin script, and appended, in brackets, with English translations unless these titles are in English, German, or French.

With your contribution, please, include the following:

  • abstract (up to 200 words);
  • key words (up to 7);
  • information on the Author (up to 150 words);
  • institutional affiliation of the Author;
  • email or postal address to be included with the contribution.

The deadline: This is an ongoing call, though the journal's two annual issues are published in Spring and Fall.

Sprawy Narodowosciowe / Nationalities Affairs
Unit for the Study of Nationalities
Institute of Slavonic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences
Stary Rynek 78/79
61-771 Poznan, Poland
Tel/Fax (+48) (61) 8520950

Prof. Wojciech J Burszta (wojciech.burszta@swps.edu.pl)

Coordinator of English-Language Submissions
Dr Tomasz Kamusella (tomek672@poczta.onet.pl)

Website with the text of the journal:

The journal can also be purchased in hard copies from: sekret@ispan.waw.pl or zbnpan@rose.man.poznan.pl

Nations and Nationalism
This journal is published for the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism by Blackwell Publisher. It began publication in 1995 and is a multidisciplinary, scholarly journal specifically designed to respond to the growing research interest in nationalism that has been stimulated by the increasing proliferation of nationalist movements throughout the world. In addition to publishing original articles, the journal includes commissioned book reviews and review articles. Special issues highlight subjects and areas of current interest. Articles are drawn from a wide variety of disciplines including political science and theory, international relations, sociology, history, geography, anthropology, law, linguistics, cultural studies, area studies, economics, social policy, social psychology, art history, archaeology and philosophy. Articles address all aspects of nationalism, theoretically, empirically, comparatively, and historically. It is peer reviewed.

Nationalism and Ethnic Politics
This journal explores the varied political aspects of nationalism and ethnicity in order to develop more constructive intergroup relations. It contains both case studies and comparative and theoretical analyses. It deals with pluralism, ethno-nationalism, irredentism, separatism, and related phenomena, and it examines processes and theories of ethnic identity formation, mobilization, conflict and accommodation in the context of political development and 'nation-building'. This journal is peer reviewed.

National Identities
This journal began publication in 1999. It explores the formation and expression of national identity from antiquity to the present day. It will examine the role in forging identity of cultural (language, architecture, music, gender, religion, the media, sport, encounters with ‘the other’, etc.) and political (state forms, wars, boundaries) factors, by examining the ways in which these have been shaped and changed over time. And the historical significance of ‘nation’ in political and cultural terms will be considered in relationship to other important and in some cases countervailing forms of identity such as religion, region, tribe or class. The focus will be on identity, rather than the contingent political forms which may express it. The proposed journal will not be prescriptive or proscriptive in its approach. Instead, it will act as a forum within which the growing number of scholars working in this field can explore this important subject. Comparative perspectives will be encouraged, and the journal will feature regular review essays as well as book reviews. This journal is peer reviewed.

Nationalities Papers
Nationalities Papers is the only journal in the world which deals exclusively with all non-Russian nationalities of the former USSR and national minorities in Eastern and Central European countries. The problems and importance of over 160 million people are treated within the disciplinary and methodological contexts of post-Soviet and Europe-Asia studies. Of central concern is the fate of the Balts, Ukrainians, Jews, Gypsies, Croats, Muslims etc., and the peoples of Central Asia and the Caucasus. Nationalities Papers is an international and multidisciplinary journal with contributors and readers throughout North America, Western and Eastern Europe, the Far East, Japan and the People's Republic of China. Included in each issue are in-depth updates on the latest developments, some original documents, lists of the most recent publications from throughout the world and book reviews. Nationalities Papers is a publication of the Association for the Study of Nationalities. This journal is peer reviewed.

Revista Mexicana de Sociología
The editors would like you to consider Revista Mexicana de Sociología as an alternative to disseminate your academic work to a Spanish speaking audience. The Editorial Committee would like to consider your contribution for likely publication, all submissions are peer reviewed.

Revista Mexicana de Sociología was founded in 1939 and housed at the Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, it has been published without interruption since and reaches and estimated academic audience comprising over 600 universities and libraries all over the world, it also appears in the main information index. Finally, it covers contemporary Sociological issues both theoretical and empirical regardless of geographical and cultural frontiers. The language of publication is Spanish but the Editorial committee is able to receive contributions written in English of French. For more information, contact: Dr Natividad Gutiérrez Chong, Revista Mexicana de SociologíaDirector, Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, Circuito Mario de la Cueva s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, México DF 04510. Tel: 56 22 73 96, 56 22 74 00 ext 280 / 281. Fax 56 22 75 08.