9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Recently, theories of globalization have questioned the existence of the nation-state and the evolution of trans-national identities. Amidst claims that the nation-state is “whithering,” the paradox of globalization is the continuing relevance of nationalism to the study of collective identities past and present. This seminar will examine the histories and theories of nationalism in the modern era (from ca. 1750 CE). Through a common set of readings, the seminar will consider some of the fundamental questions about nationalism: What are its historical roots? What is the relationship between modernity, capitalism, and national identities? What is the global history of nationalism in the modern period? In what ways can we consider national identities beyond Eurocentric models?