This lecture will be given by Prof Tomasz Kamusella (St Andrews).
Most classical works on the phenomenon of nationalism draw examples from Central Europe and generalize on their basis for the entire globe. But the region’s nationalisms are strongly steeped in language as their ideological cornerstone, which makes Central Europe quite unique in this respect. Elsewhere in the world, nation-states are not built on languages. I propose to flesh out and analyze the difference by focusing on the practises of Central Europe’s ethnolinguistic nationalisms, as observed during the last two centuries. Arguably, pinpointing the salient features of this kind of nationalism makes it possible to define what and where Central Europe is, and why generalizing on the region’s nationalisms is not viable on a global scale.
The Euro-Visions Public Lecture Series on Europe has been jointly organized by the Institute for International Integration Studies (IIIS) and the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute (TLRH) at Trinity College Dublin. The series is an associated event of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU.
Lectures will take place on a weekly basis from Jan-June 2013, and will feature expert guest speakers addressing a range of topics associated with the Irish Presidency.