Nationalism seems to be gaining legitimacy and resonating at a time when the complexities facing the planet are more interwoven than ever. What is going on?
How connected one feels to one’s country is a powerful sentiment. Nations remain pivotal categories in organising our world and thinking. But ‘nationalism’ has many faces and most of us have our own personal nationalisms. Why has nationalism resonated so well in a globalized world? Are there alternative identities and what do these entail? What can be said about ideologies and movements countering nationalism? Dr. Christian Wicke (UU) will look at this powerful phenomenon from different perspectives. He looks beyond the challenges presented by nationalism in the current political landscape. Drawing on examples from around the world, he provides a provocative opportunity to rethink belonging and identity in the future.
About Dr. Christian Wicke
Christian Wicke works as a historian at Utrecht University. He is the author of "Helmut Kohl's for Normality: His representation of the German nation and himself" (New York: Berghahn, 2012). Apart from his interest in nationalism studies, he has been involved in an international project researching the relationship between regional identities and industrial heritage under conditions of deindustralialisation. He recently edited a volume entitled "Industrial Heritage and Regional Identity" (London: Routledge, 2018). Further, he currently works on the urban movements of the 1970s in Australia, Germany and Italy.