The transnational circulation of digital nationalism

The transnational circulation of digital nationalism

We join the authors of the forthcoming Nations and Nationalism themed section on ‘the transnational circulation of digital nationalism’ to discuss their papers. Join us live on Facebook or YouTube; as ever, members will receive an invitation to join in on Zoom.

The papers are all #openaccess and so can be read free of charge. They are:

Dr. Eviane Leidig is a Research Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) in The Hague, Netherlands. Her research focuses on the far-right, gender, and online radicalization, recruitment, and propaganda, as well as online governance. Her regional expertise includes India, North America, and Europe. She has published in Nations & NationalismPatterns of PrejudiceMedia & CommunicationReligions, and Routledge, and has edited two volumes on the radical right (Ibidem-verlag). She is a co-editor and co-founder of a new book series, ‘Global Studies of the Far Right’, at Manchester University Press. Eviane is an affiliate at the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo; an Associate Fellow at the Global Network on Extremism & Technology (GNET); and was a founding member of the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR). She has given talks for policymakers such as the U.S. State Department, European Commission, national and regional intelligence agencies, and law enforcement. She is regularly featured in international media outlets such as Foreign PolicyAl JazeeraAustralian Broadcasting CorporationBBCThe Independent, and Radio Free Europe. Her forthcoming book is on far-right female social media influencers.

Florian Schneider, PhD, Sheffield University, is Senior University Lecturer in the Politics of Modern China at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies. He is managing editor of Asiascape: Digital Asia, director of the Leiden Asia Centre, and the author of three books: Staging China: the Politics of Mass Spectacle (Leiden University Press, 2019, recipient of the ICAS Book Prize 2021 Accolades), China’s Digital Nationalism (Oxford University Press, 2018), and Visual Political Communication in Popular Chinese Television Series (Brill, 2013, recipient of the 2014 EastAsiaNet book prize). In 2017, he was awarded the Leiden University teaching prize for his innovative work as an educator. His research interests include questions of governance, political communication, and digital media in China, as well as international relations in the East-Asian region.

Cathrine Thorleifsson (b.1982) is a Researcher at the Centre for Research on Extremism at the University of Oslo. Cathrine holds a PhD in Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (2012). She has conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork amongst far right activists in Europe, Israel and cyberspace. The past decade she has been researching and writing on nationalism, belonging, racisms and far right politics. Her recent books include: Nationalist responses to the crises in Europe: old and new hatreds (Routledge 2019) and Nationalism and the Politics of Fear in Israel (I.B. Tauris 2015). Cathrine has studied Arabic at the University of Damascus and Hebrew at the University of Haifa. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. In addition to her academic pursuits, Cathrine has carried out consultancy work for the UNDP, the World Bank, the European Commission and a number of ministries on the dynamics of far right radicalization. Cathrine frequently provides expert analysis for policy makers as well as print and broadcast media.

Dr Krisztina Lajosi is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Amsterdam. Her main research area is nationalism and transnationalism studies, with a special focus on the intersections between the history of culture, media, and political thought. Her expertise is 19th-century nation-building movements and the cultural dimensions of European nationalism. Her main publications include the book Staging the Nation: Opera and Nationalism (Brill, 2018) and the edited volumes The Matica and Beyond: Cultural Associations and Nationalism in Europe (Brill, 2020) and Choral Societies and Nationalism in Europe (Brill, 2015). From 2011-2016 she was the leader of a research project funded by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW) on “National Music and Cultural Transfer in Europe.” She is currently working on a project about representations of the “Gypsy” in European culture. Website:

Prof. Pál Nyíri holds the chair of Global History from an Anthropological Perspective at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He pursued undergraduate studies of chemistry in Moscow, Budapest, and New Jersey, followed by graduate training in Asian studies in Oregon. He also had research fellowships in Oxford, Budapest, and Berlin, and has taught at Macquarie University in Sydney. His research area includes human mobility (particularly migration) and the cultural politics surrounding its management and containment. He is especially interested in Chinese nationalism, the politics of immigration in Eastern Europe, and comparative approaches to Eastern Europe and China. Website: