Szabolcs Pogonyi: Introduction to the Study of Nationalism, Minorities and Ethnicity 2013/2014 Fall

The course will examine the main contemporary theories of nationalism, analyze key concepts and discuss classical debates in the study of nationalism. First, we will discuss why nationalism is still an important moving force in contemporary politics and why its scholarly study is still relevant. We will then overview and assess the major systematic typologies of nationalism, examine how key concepts, such as ‘nation’, ‘nationalism’, ‘ethnicity’, 'identity' and related terms are used by different authors. The second part of the course will discuss the main theories (modernism, constructivism, primordialism, postmodernism) explaining the emergence of nationalism. Next, we will briefly examine how nationhood and ethnic symbolism are reproduced. The last two classes are reserved for student presentations.