National nostalgia thrives across the world. In most countries more than 50% of the population would like their country to be the way it used to be in the past. The wide electoral support for political campaigns aiming at rekindling more 'glorious times' of the nation during the Brexit referendum and the US presidential elections demonstrated formidably how successful the politics of nostalgia have been lately.
The research of social psychologist dr. Anouk Smeekes examines feelings of national nostalgia among native majority members. She investigates potential causes of this thriving nostalgia, such as feelings of anxiety about the country's future, and digs into the consequences of this emotion for attitudes towards both the national in-group and immigrant out-groups.
In this lecture, she presents the results of several studies conducted in the Netherlands as well as recent findings from a cross-cultural study.
Learn more about the ways national nostalgia and attitudes towards new-comers are connected.
Dr. Anouk Smeekes
Dr. Anouk Smeekes is Assistant Professor at the Department of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and the European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations (ERCOMER) at Utrecht University. Her research takes a social psychological perspective and focuses on historical representations of group identity and intergroup relations with a strong focus on the role of emotions and motivations concerning the national past. She has published widely in high-ranking journals in the field of Social Psychology and Intercultural Relations and received a prize for the best dissertation of 2014 by the International Academy for Intercultural Research.