Brexit: Reimagining the Nation

Date(s) - 17/05/2017
17:30 - 19:00

PAR.LG.03 (Parish Hall, LSE)

For our next seminar Dr Claire Sutherland will be discussing Brexit, nationalism and the nation.

Taking the incipient Brexit nation that is the UK today as a starting point, this seminar asks; Who are we? What is this national imagined community in whose name some cry that we are full up, that we do not want foreigners and immigrants taking our jobs and diluting our traditions? Why do we take nation-states for granted as dividing individuals and thereby defining their life chances? How do we grasp, challenge or even escape the embedded, all-pervasive principle of national belonging that governs so much of peoples lives the world over?

The seminar considers the central role of nations and nationalism in maintaining discursive divisions between insider and outsider, Self and Other, native and foreigner and, importantly, nationalist and patriot.It examines the feelings of home and nostalgia that permeate nationalist atmospheres, using scholarship that transcends static associations of home with homeland to focus not on settlement, but on movement as embodied by the sea, in order to take a different perspective on nations and nationalism. Finally, it imagines stepping outside ethnonational categories, using the sea to explore potential alternatives to nations as bounded communities.

This event will take place at 5.30 pm on Wednesday 17 May in PAR.LG.03 (Parish Hall), London School of Economics. A map of the venue can be found here.

This is a free public event. However, we ask that you confirm your attendance by emailing the Seminar Series Chair, Iro Konstantinou, at