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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Awry Solidarity – Gellner’s „Nations and Nationalism” revisited [Commission on Theoretical Anthropology]


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 31 Aug 10:00 - 14:00


Room 3.20

In today’s European Union centrifugal forces are getting stronger and domesticate a significant part of the political scene. They are not only against European unity and its assumed solidarity that backed the establishment of the EU, but they are also directed toward an awry solidarity within assumed national communities where political borders play an important role in delineating those communities. Neo-nationalism is the result. The panel will relate Gellner's writings on nationalism with emerging neo-nationalism.


  • P 94.1
    • Dr. Skalnik, Petr (Politics, University of Hradec Kralove)
    • Dr. Brocki, Marcin (Jagiellonian University)
  • P 94.2
    • Dr. Skalnik, Petr (Politics, University of Hradec Kralove)
    • Dr. Brocki, Marcin (Jagiellonian University)

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The concept of Afrabiyya, first formulated by Ali A. Mazrui (1933-2014), a historian and political scientist of Kenyan origin, is an anti-orientalistic interpretation of political history in East Africa and a civilizational insight. Afrabiyva is a syncretic culture merge and an identity that has been developing through close contacts of Arabs and Africans since pre-Islamic times and especially sin ... More
Presented by Dr. Anna Siim MOSKVITINA on 31/8/2019 at 12:15
Under the notion of nationalism, a wide range of expressions of solidarity, aggressive behaviour or other social manifestations is included in both the unqualified public and members of the anthropological community. Not all of these manifestations correspond to Gellner's theory of nationalism, which conceptualizes nationalism as a prerequisite for the emergence of national states. My contribution ... More
Presented by Zdeněk UHEREK on 31/8/2019 at 12:55
My speech is focused on the analyses of emotions, connected with nationalist attitudes, presented by members of formal and informal Polish national organizations. Emotions manifest themselves on the different levels of activity and have different functions – they have impact on shaping own social identity, defining allies or enemies and also the aims of intolerance. Emotions may also bond the gr ... More
Presented by Weronika KUTA on 31/8/2019 at 10:35
When Ernest Gellner began writing on nationalism, anthropogenic climate change had not yet been fully identified as a major cause of global destruction. But by 1983, when his most cited work had appeared, the prospect of climate change was already being considered across scientific disciplines. This paper begins with an observation: while Gellner emphasised industrialisation and industrialism as ... More
Presented by Dr. Daniele CONVERSI on 31/8/2019 at 13:35
Contrary to Gellner's (and many of his contemporaries) view, nationalism did not lost its hold or prominence in contemporary world. Quite on the contrary, it seems that it is gaining strength with new populist movements in Europe and other parts of the world. Both the left and the right, it seems are trying to exploit its undeniable charm. As put by Kapferer some years ago, ""How nationalist disco ... More
Presented by Dr. Aleksandar BOSKOVIC on 31/8/2019 at 13:15
According to Gellner the raison d´être of nationalism is the (nation) state. This has been gradually achieved in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania through the desintegration of colonial and multi-national empires. The nation-building process was accompanied and enabled by national languages. Many a colonial languages remained (the Americas, most of Africa, Ireland, Australia, New Ze ... More
Presented by Dr. Petr SKALNIK on 31/8/2019 at 11:20
Nationalism is identification with one’s ethnic nation (i.e. ‘the Polish’, ‘the Italians’ ‘the Turks’). Neo-nationalism is the new wave of nationalism that is emerging as a reaction against supra-national or globalist initiatives like the European Union and Trans-Pacific Partnership. Neo-nationalism associates with anti-globalization, opposition to immigration, and ethnicity. Nationa ... More
Presented by Dr. Vladimir POPOV on 31/8/2019 at 10:00
Gellner´s theory stress modernity´s roots of nationalism as an ideology and political practice. Collapse of the communist régimes was accompanied by the renaissance of nationalism. In connection with the modernist theories of natioanlism, there are two possible interpretations. The first is interpreting this phenomenon as an conflict between two different models of modernity. The second interpr ... More
Presented by Dr. Juraj PODOBA on 31/8/2019 at 10:20
Todays EU face the new wave of “nationalisms”. Although it’s convenient to collect those ideologies and practices under one label the diversity of interconnected factors that triggered and sustain them within national contexts differ. In Polish case the longing for agency, populist politics and new forms of solidarity in different contexts of social life play crucial role in “reassembling ... More
Presented by Marcin BROCKI on 31/8/2019 at 10:40
Nationalism is raising its head all over the world. Relying on the ideas of Benedict Anderson, Partha Chatterjee, Ernest Gellner, Louis Dumont, and Jergen Habermas, among others, and using the recent events and cases of communal violence from India and the United States, ​I shall discuss the reasons for the rise of a new nationalism and its impact on inter-ethnic, inter-communal, and social rela ... More
Presented by Dr. Triloki PANDEY on 31/8/2019 at 11:00
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