Biannual Journal of the Department of Letters and Foreign Languages, Hyperion University, Romania
Electronic ISSN: ISSN 2559 – 2025; ISSN-L 2285 – 2115
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NATIONALISM TODAY. NATIONALISM YESTERDAY. NATIONALISM TOMORROW
Submission deadline: December 1, 2017
“Nation” and “nationalism” have been defined in many different ways, as Umut Ozkirimly shows in Theories of Nationalism – A Critical Introduction (2000, 2010, 2017), and Bogdan Ştefănescu in Patrii din cuvinte. O tropologie a discursurilor identităţii naţionale (2015), a survey of objective, subjective, essentialist, constructivist, functionalist, romantic, positivist, contextualist, instrumentalist, traditionalist, symbolist answers to the question, ‘what is a nation’ and ‘where is a nation’.
It all started in the later 18th century when, according to John A. Armstrong in Nations before Nationalism (1982), cosmopolitanism, previously encouraged by Reformation and Counter-reformation conflicts, was replaced, during the absolutist Enlightenment, by the search for permanent ‘essences’ of national character, thus ignoring the ‘fundamental but shifting significance of boundaries for human identity’.
For Isaiah Berlin, inspired by Johann Gottfried Herder, ‘to be human meant to be able to feel at home somewhere with your kind’, and each group was defined by ‘a set of customs and life styles, a way of perceiving and behaving that is of value solely because it is at home’.
All through the 20th and so far into the 21st centuries, nationalism came to oppose both transnationalism and multiculturalism, while the EU, starting with its founding fathers, has tried to wither it away through “supranational institutions and the gradual pooling of sovereignty”. Culturally speaking, the years 1960s-1970s witnessed the birth of “Nationalism Studies”, which started with the experience of the “proliferation of new states in Asia and Africa”, and continued through the 1980s with a new wave represented by such authors as John Armstrong, John Breuilly, Benedict Anderson, Ernest Gellner, Eric J. Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger and Anthony D. Smith. Today, we are talking about “a flood of publications in nationalism” (Umut Ozkirimly, Theories of Nationalism – A Critical Introduction)
The present issue invites a whole range of approaches [literary and cultural studies, linguistics, teaching, etc], including but not limited to:
-nationalism and the cultural heritage
-nationalism as discourse
-nationalism and ideology
-nationalism, transnationalism, localism, sectarianism, multiculturalism
-nationalism in art, literature, historiography
The volume will also include a section Miscellanea, which may feature a limited number of papers not related to the theme.
A limited number of book reviews is also welcomed, not older than 3 years prior to the present issue!
Please send proposals (and enquiries) to firstname.lastname@example.org
 John Armstrong – Nations before Nationalism (1982); John Breuilly – Nationalism and the State (1982); Benedict Anderson – Imagined Communities (1983); Ernest Gellner – Nations and Nationalism (1983); Eric J. Hobsbaum & Terence Ranger – The Invention of Tradition (1983); Anthony D. Smith – The Ethnic Origins of Nations (1986)