March 20, 2020

Florian Bieber Is there a new nationalism?

Nationalism has shaped the modern world for the past two centuries, yet it has been highly adaptable and changing. The rise of nationalism in recent years in combination often with illiberalism, populism and authoritarianism around the world raises the question whether there are any new forms of nationalism or what explains the seeming success of global nationalism. The talk will explore new nationalism and discuss both new aspects and lines of continuity. In particular, it will show how nationalism in Europe has been instrumentalizing the concept of Europe and framing nationalist movements as Europeanist.

Florian Bieber is a Professor of Southeast European History and Politics and Director of the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, Austria. He holds a Jean Monnet Chair in the Europeanisation of Southeastern Europe and is the coordinator of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG). He has worked for the European Centre for Minority Issues and taught at Kent University (UK). He is also a Visiting Professor at the Nationalism Studies Program at CEU. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the LSE and New York University, and held the Luigi Einaudi Chair at Cornell University.

He is the author of “Is Nationalism on the Rise? Assessing Global Trends,” Ethnopolitics, 17:5 (2018), 519-540 and Debating Nationalism. The Global Spread of Nations (Bloomsbury 2020).

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