The Idea of the Nation in Modern History | Newberry

The Idea of the Nation in Modern History

Friday, October 28, 2016

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Dr. Alan Singer, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
Full, waitlist available
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

There has been an increasing amount of attention given to the subject of the idea of the nation. This began with the post-World War II rise of various nationalisms and the creation of new nation-states out of the now defunct European empires. The fall of the Soviet Union and its satellites also served to raise national consciousness. Furthermore, the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the subsequent “War on Terror” that followed has stoked strong nationalist feelings in the United States. And most recently, migrant crises around the globe have raised the levels of nativism and xenophobia. Initially, scholars believed that a nation was an almost eternal community with a collective spirit that was passed down from generation to generation. Today, they tend to take the radically different view that nations and nationalisms are the product of collective imaginations which are manipulated by various social and political forces. In this seminar, by discussing seminal scholarly texts and current events, we will consider how the idea of the nation has developed into its twenty-first century form.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 7, 2016. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.