CONFERENCE: Nationalism and the City 10.-11.02.12, University of Cambridge

Nationalism and the City
Friday 10 February – Saturday 11 February 2012
Location: CRASSH, 7 West Road, University of Cambridge
This conference is about the possibilities and interdictions of cities, the formation of political horizons, and the dynamics of identity. The object is to address an intersection: to consider histories and trajectories of nationalism as they interact with those of urban space and place. Specifically, the conference will explore the possibility of employing spatiality as an interpretive lens to disrupt existing theories of nations and nationalism: how might we re-consider the ‘imagined community’ by locating it within what urbanists describe as the city’s ‘real-and-imagined’ space? How are political vocabularies like nationalism equipped or subverted by urban environments? In which ways might the city affect, reflect or destabilize discourses of national identity? The event will facilitate discussion on these and other questions, navigating the urban palimpsest with voices from a variety of academic disciplines and professional backgrounds to enliven debates on space, politics and identity.
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Conference supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH and the Faculty of History ( both at the University of Cambridge, as well as the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism ( Conference Convener: Christopher Moffat (History, University of Cambridge)