Nationalism studies, Sociology

Course date

18 July - 29 July, 2005
Application deadline:
15 February, 2005
Course Director(s): 

Ashutosh Varshney

University of Michigan, Political Science, Ann Arbor, United States of America
Course Faculty: 

Zvi Gitelman

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, United States of America

Vibha Pingle

University of Sussex, Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, United Kingdom

Prem Kumar Rajaram

Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology/CEU Open Learning Initiative (OLIve, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
What is ethnicity? What does it share with nationalism and in what respects is it different? Why do ethnic groups fight, especially after living peacefully for a long time? Under what conditions do they manage their relations peacefully? Does civic integration (as opposed to segregation) between ethnic groups promote or moderate ethnic conflict? Does ethnic conflict mark the politics of less developed countries only, or is it a wider phenomenon? Will ethnic groups disappear as modernity proceeds further? Will it, for example, cease to exist if, as some people think, the world does become a global market, national barriers between economies drop, people migrate across borders in ever larger numbers, and capital moves about freely?
This course is envisioned as an advanced seminar, and is organized around the questions above. Participants will be introduced to the classic theoretical texts on ethnicity and nationalism. They will also be expected to familiarize themselves with empirical materials from different parts of the world: North America, Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Enrollments will be limited to 25, so that the atmosphere of a seminar is maintained, participation is maximized, and discussion is vigorous.