The conference "Nationalism and the City". Date: 10-11.02.2012. Site: Cambridge, UK. Deadline: 01.10.2011
Organiser: The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge
Topics: This conference will move to „re-centre‟ the urban in theories of nations and nationalism, facilitating a dialogue across disciplines to address the many layers of what has been described as „the urban palimpsest‟.A special emphasis will be placed on integrating the insights of those focused on dynamics in the city and those addressing the broader phenomenon of nationalism, to enliven debates on space, identity, and politics and to illuminate important convergences and contradictions, conjunctures and disjunctures.
The task for researchers is as follows: how are we to conceptualize the role of cities/urban environments in the origins/ spread/ perpetuation/ undermining of nations and nationalism? The continuities and variations in urban forms across continents necessitates a global focus, and participants are encouraged to consider the transnational dimension of both „the urban‟ and „the nation‟ as sociological phenomena and cognitive categories. Suggested focal points include: Urbanization/modernization and the conditions of nationalism's emergence; Urban intellectual networks and the global diffusion of nationalism; Cities as battle-space and/or as sites for mobilization; National unity and the urban/rural „divide‟; The city as metaphor for nation; Globalizing cities, „post-nationalism‟, and notions of urban reclamation; Cosmopolitanism, nationalism, and layers of belonging; Multiculturalism, heterogeneity and the urban; Disintegration, dystopia and „spaces of alterity‟.