Nationalism and International Order

Date(s) - 14/06/2019
17:30 - 19:00

32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, LSE

This year’s ASEN Seminar Series is titled ‘Nationalism and International Relations’. The six seminars will explore, over the year, the intersection between self-determination, identity, foreign policy and state behaviour. Seminars are chaired by Javier Carbonell.

Prof. Gerrits will deliver the seminar ‘Nationalism and International Order’.

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Nationalism is commonly regarded as posing a challenge to international stability and regional and global order more generally. However, there is much to be said for the opposite too. Enshrining the corner stone of international relations —the sovereignty of the national state— nationalism and national self-determination arguably contributed more than any other political idea to the development and the stability of international order.

The scholarships on nationalism and international relations rarely meet. While nationalism is a key but under-theorized concept in International Relations research; international relations are underrated in the study of nationalism. My presentation focuses on how two types of nationalism (state-subverting and state-strengthening) have had a diverging impacted on the disintegration and formation of states, and consequently on international order. The relationship between nationalism and international order, before, after and beyond Westphalia, is complex and ambiguous. Nationalism has no unequivocal impact on international relations. How and to what extent nationalism subverts or supports international order depends on the content of nationalism, on the nature of international order (regional / global), and on the power and ambitions of the state(s) involved.

André Gerrits is Professor of International Studies and Global Politics at Leiden University, and Chair of the BA Urban Studies, based in The Hague. Previously, he held the chair in Russian History and Politics at Leiden University and the Jean Monnet Chair in European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Gerrits was also a Senior Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute of International Studies Clingendael. He has published multiple articles, edited several collections, and wrote various books on these and related topics. He conducted several research projects financed and / or commissioned by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the European Commission.

The seminar will take place on Room 32L.B.11, located at the lower ground floor of 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, LSE at 18:30. The event is open to all and allocated on a first come, first served basis. You must register in order to access the building. Please note that having a ticket does not guarantee a spot. Check more information on the event on Facebook.