The seminar discusses various theoretical approaches to nationalism as a powerful ideology
of modernity. Both classical and more recent theories of nationalism will be explored in
this regard. The point of departure will be a number of dominant concepts of nationalism
including liberal nationalism, banal nationalism and liquid nationalism. In addition, the
question of nationalism and “madness” (L. Greenfeld) will be discussed. Against this backdrop,
the seminar will problematize the conceptual and empirical linkages, for instance, between
nationalism, migration and ethnicity. Finally, the question of rationality of nationalism
will be discussed in greater detail.

Semester: ST 2020