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Wintersemester 2008/09

Nationalism in Central Europe

Seminar
MA Soziale Bewegungen - Institutionen - Kulturelle Orientierungen / Sozialwissenschaften //
HS KGMOE, MASS

3/6/9 ECTS
Donnerstag, 14.15 - 17.45 Uhr, 14-tägig, Ort: CP 27, Veranstaltungsbeginn: 16.10.08

Central Europe, this newly re-emerged region on the mental map of the continent, has been invented in political practices and discourses that are constituted around the binary 'the West' and 'the Other'. By studying the historical development of this idea and its political determinants, we are able to contextualize and deconstruct the very process of 'constructing the other' as such. However invented, Central Europe constitutes a unit defined by selectional historical and cultural features that are used in its description. Some ethnographic characteristics - linguistic, ethnic, national, and religious - will be studied in terms of how they have been used and abused in the process of (national) identity making. It has become a common academic wisdom that nations are 'imagined communities' and have been 'invented' in the historical processes, more or less coincidentally. In this perspective, Central Europe is perceived as a region in which nations awakened during the 19th century to build states, a process that contrast with Western Europe where it was exactly the other way round. However created, Central European nations believe they share some ethnographic characteristics - linguistic, ethnic, national, and religious - that have been used and  abused in the process of (national) identity making and defining. Nationalism has therefore become a significant factor in the region's history and this multifarious process will be the subject of our study. The issues that will be discussed are as follows: The main 'minority' groups (e.g. Roma, Germans, Russians), their history and contemporary problems; ethnic cleanings in the region's more or less distant past ( World War II and irs aftermath, wars in former Yugoslavia in the 1990s); and, the principles of so-called 'ethnic democracy' or 'constitutional nationalism' as developed in the Balkans and two Baltic states. All of them will be put in an anthropological perspective that hopefully will give a comprehensive picture of societies living in Central Europe.

Sprache: Englisch

 

Werkstatt Anthropologie

Seminar
MA Soziale Bewegungen - Institutionen - Kulturelle Orientierungen / Sozialwissenschaften //
HS KGMOE, MASS

3/6/9 ECTS
Mittwoch, 16.45 - 19.30 Uhr, 14-tägig, Ort: GD 201, Veranstaltungsbeginn: 29.10.08

In der Werkstatt werden die an dem Lehrstuhl entstehenden Dissertationen und Habilitationen besprochen.

Teilnahmevoraussetzung: nur für Doktoranden, nur mit Voranmeldung

Sprache: Englisch