Nations and Nationalism: A Quest for Understanding

Why nations and nationalism predicted to be buried under the shambles of old regimes and out-dated economic systems blossom as never before? Why we are still obsessed with national and ethnic belonging? Does nationalism assure the descent to bigotry and violence? Can’t serve it as a recipe for progress? How migration changes contemporary societies? The course is set to discuss, problematize and answer all these questions. It covers the most important topics in nationalism and ethnicity. As lectures and seminars unfold, we will be marching though the themes of contemporary theories of nationalism, national identity formation, nation-building and statecraft, ethnic conflict, domestic ethnic politics, minority-majority relations and international disputes, nationalism and citizenship and the role of gender in production of nationhood. The main area focus will be on developing societies. However, some theoretical material also invoke “paradigmatic” examples from the West. In general, we will adopt comparative perspective. The course explores various ways in which the politics of nationalism and ethnicity has influenced state-formation, political competition, social conflict, democracy, and gender relations. It will offer us floor for discussion and will equip us with a broad, sophisticated and innovative perspective on today’s increasingly diversified world.

Matvey Lomonosov:

Matvey received his PhD in Sociology from McGill University in Montreal in 2018. Before that he earned a BA degree in History at Perm State University (Russia), an MA in International Relations at the University of Tirana (Albania) and an MA in Nationalism Studies at Central European University (Budapest). This multi-sited educational history has allowed him to professionally learn a number of Eastern European languages and to get broad experience in archival, ethnographic and interview research in the region. Some of his scholarly articles have been published in different languages in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, the UK and Balkan countries. Before joining SAS he worked as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Tirana and McGill.