Exploring Ethnicity and Nationalism in the 21st Century

Hardly a day goes by without a political or social manifestation of ethnicity crossing the headlines of international and national news. The conflict situations in Darfur, Iraq and Palestine; new state formations in the Balkans; issues of multiculturalism and security in Western cities; and the re-interpretation of historical memories and myths in places as far apart as Cornwall and Central Asia simultaneously point to the salience of ethnicity as a critical factor in today’s complex world.

Established in 2007, the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies (EXCEPS) is an exciting initiative which examines the role of ethnicity and nationalism in politics and conflict via a multi-disciplinary approach that brings together academics and practitioners from an array of fields. They will be holding their first international conference from 27-30 June 2010 (see Call for Papers).

Gareth Evans, former head of the International Crisis Group, will provide the opening plenary. Other speakers include: Brendan O’Leary, University of Pennsylvania, USA; Jennifer Medcalf, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, UK; Stefan Wolff, University of Nottingham, UK; Cindy Skach, Harvard University, USA; Rogelio Alonso, Universidad Juan Carlos Rey, Spain; Nina Glick Schiller, University of Manchester, UK; Jon Western, Mount Holyoke College, USA; Gabi Pieterberg, UCLA, USA; Richard Whitman, University of Bath, UK.

The conference will be organized around seven sub-themes covering different aspects of the theme of ‘Ethno-Politics and Intervention in a Globalized World’. These sub-themes are:

  • Foreign Intervention in Ethnic and Ethno-National Conflicts
  • Regional Security Organisations and the Regulation of Violent Ethno-Political Conflict
  • Culture and Memory in Reconciliation Processes
  • Questioning Ethno-Politics: Diasporic Political Cultures, Subjectivities and Spaces
  • Contemporary Issues in the Middle East
  • Violent Radicalisation and Terrorism in the Ethno-Politicised World
  • Mechanisms for Managing Ethnic Conflict: Secession, Autonomy, Elections

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