CFP: Beyond Imagined Uniqueness: Nationalisms in Comparative Perspective

An International Conference organized by American Studies Center, University of Warsaw
May 19-21, 2008

The aim of the conference is to provide a space for an interdisciplinary and international conversation about nationalism. Theoretical perspectives, as well as case studies from various locations and fields, including sociology, politics, media studies, literature and the arts, are welcome. We invite original papers concerning both the history of nationalism(s) and its various present manifestations. Comparative perspectives are encouraged.

Examples of themes include:

Theories of nationalism and ethnicity
Religious contexts of nationalism
Hybrid identities
Colonialism and postcolonialism
Gender, sexuality and the nation
Collective memory and the politics of history
The idea of the chosen nation
Nationalism and civil religion
Nationalisms after 1989
Nationalisms and the European Union
Anti-Americanism and European identity
Minority rights in multi-cultural contexts
The visual culture of nationalism
Nationalism in age of globalization
Transnationism and nationalism

Presentations should be limited to 15 – 20 minutes to allow time for discussion.
Deadline for submission of abstracts (up to 500 words): February 29, 2008.

Proposals will be considered as they arrive with final notification of acceptance by 15 March.
Proposals should be sent to William R. Glass, conference co-ordinator, at