Category: Seminars

Seminar with Ruth Wodak – Analyzing Re/Nationalizing Discourses

Seminar with Ruth Wodak: Analyzing Re/Nationalizing Discourses – The “Politics of Fear” and Right-wing Populism in Europe and Beyond

Location: Kingsway Building (KSW) Room 2.12, LSE Campus

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Ruth Wodak is Emerita Distinguished Professor of Discourse Studies at Lancaster University, UK, and affiliated to the Univesity of Vienna (where she is currently PI of a three year funded research project on ‘The discursive construction of Austrian Identity 2015). Besides various other prizes, she was awarded the Wittgenstein Prize for Elite Researchers in 1996 and an Honorary Doctorate from University of Örebro in Sweden in 2010. She is past-President of the Societas Linguistica Europaea. 2011, she was awarded the Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria.

Her research interests focus on discourse studies; identity politics and politics of the past; language and/in politics; prejudice and discrimination; and on ethnographic methods of linguistic field work.  She is member of the editorial board of a range of linguistic journals and co-editor of the journals Discourse and Society, Critical Discourse Studies, and Language and Politics.  She has held visiting professorships in University of Uppsala, Stanford University, University Minnesota, University of East Anglia, and Georgetown University; she is member of the British Academy of Social Sciences and member of theAcademia Europaea.  2008, she was awarded the Kerstin Hesselgren Chair of the Swedish Parliament (at University Örebrö).

She has published 9 monographs, 26 co-authored monographs, over 50 edited volumes and ca 400 peer reviewed journal papers and book chapters. Recent book publications include The Politics of Fear. What Right-Wing Populist Discourses Mean (Sage, 2015); The discourse of politics in action:Politics as Usual’ (Palgrave, 2011); Migration, Identity and Belonging (with G. Delanty, P. Jones, 2011); The Discursive Construction of History. Remembering the German Wehrmacht’s War of Annihilation (with H. Heer, W. Manoschek, A. Pollak, 2008); The Politics of Exclusion. Debating Migration in Austria (with M. Krzyżanowski, 2009); The SAGE Handbook of Sociolinguistics (with B. Johnstone, P. Kerswill, 2010); Analyzing Fascist Discourse. Fascism in Talk and Text (with J. E. Richardson, 2013), and Rightwing Populism in Europe: Politics and Discourse (with M. KhosraviNik, B. Mral, 2013). More information is available on Ruth Wodak‘s website concerning on-going research projects and recent publications.

Seminar with Jon Fox – The edges of the nation

Seminar with Jon Fox – The edges of the nation: breaching everyday nationhood

Dr Jon FoxLocation: Kingsway Building (KSW) Room 2.12, LSE Campus

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Jon Fox will be discussing “The edges of the nation: breaching everyday nationhood”. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Bristol where he researches nationalism, ethnicity, racism, and migration. In particular he is interested in how ordinary people reproduce ethnic, national, and racialised forms of collective belonging in their everyday lives, which will be the focus of this ASEN seminar.

Seminar with Bert Ingelaere – Ethnicity after mass violence

Portrait photo of Bert Ingelaere

Seminar with Bert Ingelaere – “Ethnicity after mass violence: Exploring groupness following genocide and war in Rwanda and Burundi”

Location: Kingsway Building (KSW) Room 2.12, LSE Campus

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The scholarly literature on wartime violence or genocide, on the one hand, and ethnicity, race or nationhood, on the other hand, has gained significant advancement in the understanding of these phenomena and their underlying processes. However, much work remains to be done at the intersection of these fields of knowledge and especially with respect to the long-term consequences of the politicization of ethnicity and the ethnicization of violence in the context of war and genocide. Africa’s Great Lakes region is marked by such a history of intense violence. Rwanda and Burundi, in particular, have both experienced episodes of mass violence, including genocide. In this context, peace agreements, transitional justice processes, (psychological) health initiatives or poverty reduction strategies are implemented to restore peace, to facilitate reconciliation or to ameliorate socio-economic wellbeing. However, destruction, violence and polarization as well as reconstruction, healing and sociability gain meaning in locally relevant ways. The objective of my presentation is to analyse this localized experience of violence and healing, genocide and social recovery based on extensive fieldwork in the region and through an examination of the life histories of over 800 rural inhabitants of Rwanda and Burundi. These data are used to uncover the processes through which varying degrees of ethnic ‘groupness’ develop and bounded ethnic groups are unmade in the everyday. 

Bert Ingelaere is post-doctoral research fellow from the Research Foundation – Flanders at the Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB), University of Antwerp and affiliated with the Centre for Research on Peace and Development (CRPD), KU Leuven. He has studied philosophy as well as social and cultural anthropology at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) and holds a PhD in Development Studies, University of Antwerp. Since 2004, he has conducted over 40 months of fieldwork in rural Rwanda and Burundi. Previously, he was a visiting post-doctoral fellow at the Program on Order, Conflict and Violence (OCV), Yale University and a researcher for the World Bank in Rwanda and China. His latest research focuses on social mobility and social transformation in post-conflict/genocide context. He is co-editor of Genocide, Risk and Resilience (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013) and has written several articles and reports for such publications as African Affairs, International Journal of Transitional Justice or Critique of Anthropology.

Part of the 2014-15 ‘Everyday Ethnicity, Everyday Nationalism’ seminar series

Seminar with Alena Pfoser: Memory and ethnicity in the Russian-Estonian borderland

Portrait photo of Alena PfoserAlena Pfoser is a post-doctoral researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography. Alena recently completed her PhD thesis entitled ‘Borderland Memories: Remaking the Russian-Estonian Frontier’ at Loughborough University.

The conflict over the relocation of a WWII monument, which caused riots in Central Tallinn in 2007, has been only one of many examples of clashing memories in Eastern Europe after the dissolution of the Cold War order. Scholars studying the region have been fascinated by the battles over how to remember WWII and the communist past and have analysed how ‘incompatible’ historical narratives created tensions between states and ethnic groups. This presentation wants to go beyond the homogenous and clear-cut model of memory, which forms the basis for many studies on ‘memory wars’ and other work on memory and ethnicity. Drawing on recent work in memory studies, it outlines a grounded model of remembering processes which links memory back to experiences and regards it as an ongoing negotiation between official and vernacular narratives. Using life-story interviews collected during an extended fieldwork stay in the Russian-Estonian borderland, the presentation analyses how Estonians and Russian-speakers narrate their lives and negotiate, adopt and contest dominant historical narratives in personal meaning making processes. While official narratives are used as a symbolic resource to make sense of divided experiences in the past, the presentation shows that memory is not necessarily congruent with ethnonational boundaries. Memories of conviviality and shared grievances point to the importance of local concerns beyond polarised memory landscapes at the national level.

Part of the 2014-15 ‘Everyday Ethnicity, Everyday Nationalism’ seminar series 

The seminar will be held in Clement House 2.06, London School of Economics (please contact us if you need further directions).

Seminar: The Scottish Referendum: what’s nationalism got to do with it?

Portrait photo of David McCroneThe talk will discuss the causes and consequences of the Scottish Referendum result of 18th September, and ask how students of nationalism can best understand it. What, for example, is the relationship between ‘political’ nationalism and how people voted? What part did ‘national identity’ play in the campaign and the result, and what does it tell us about the relationships between ‘state’ and ‘nation’ in the UK in particular, and the modern world more generally?

David McCrone is emeritus Professor of Sociology, co-founder of the Institute of Governance, at the University of Edinburgh. He set up the Masters programme in Nationalism Studies at Edinburgh in the 1980s with Tom Nairn. He coordinated the research programme funded by The Leverhulme Trust on Constitutional Change and National Identity (1999-2005), and on National Identity, Citizenship and Social Inclusion (2006-2012). He has written extensively on the sociology and politics of Scotland, and the comparative study of nationalism. His latest book, Understanding National Identity, co-authored with Frank Bechhofer with whom he has worked closely for many years, will be published by Cambridge University Press in early 2015.

Seminar: Uses of the Self

Uses of the Self: Two Ways of Thinking about Scholarly Situatedness and Method, the first in the 2014/15 seminar series on ‘Everyday Nationalism, Everyday Ethnicity, with Prof. Iver Neumann.

Tuesday 7 October at 18.15 in Room B.07, 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, at the LSE. Free and open to all with no ticket required.

Professor Neumann is Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at LSE. With PhDs in both Political Science and Social Anthropology, and experience of working in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, his research has explores identity, governing and diplomacy within International Relations.

Part of the 2014/15 seminar series on ‘Everyday Nationalism, Everyday Ethnicity’