Summer School Politics of Nations in Europe Today, University of Helsinki

Nationalism has been among the key ideologies of European politics in past two centuries. The different colours on the map designate political units that bear the name of nation. Today, nationalism is increasingly challenged by global and local pressures and, in Europe, by supernational integration.

‘Nation’ nevertheless remains an important political category, and without an understanding of nationalism, it would be impossible to analyse many contemporary political processes.

This course on the politics of nation in today’s Europe offers an in-depth review of the main research traditions and approaches in the study of nationalism and shows the ways they can be applied in concrete case studies. The lectures cover a broad range of themes and geographical areas, demonstrating how nationalism affects both international politics and people’s everyday lives in different corners of Europe.

For example, how does nationalism impact on processes of European integration? What is the relation between immigration, cultural diversity, and European neo-nationalism? Why should nationalistic rhetoric that seems blatant to outsiders be acceptable within a particular national context? Why should the relocation of a historical statue spark violent riots? And how can nation -states manage national pluralism within their borders?

The course is designed for the Bacherol’s and Master’s level students of humanities and social sciences. The students are expected to attend 28 hours of lectures, do the obligatory reading (list to distributed in the spring 2-3 texst to read before the course), attend workshops and excursions (12 hours), and take a final written exam. Lectures are scheduled for mornings, leaving afternoons for workshops and excursions.

Dates: August 6-22

More information can be found here.


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