General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Nations And Nationalism In Europe
Language English
Module lecturer Michal Buchowski
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Profesor
Faculty Faculty of Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Semester 2023/2024 (winter)
Duration 30


Mondays 11:15-12:45, Collegium Historicum (campus Morasko), ul. Uniwersytetu Poznanskiego 7, Poznan, Institute of Anthropology and Ethnology, room 2.21

Class starts on Monday, Ocotber 10, 2022

Module aim (aims)

1. Having knowledge about theories of nationalism; 2. Developing ability to critically asses different discourses about nations and nationalism; 3. Gaining knowledge about major facts and issues related to nationalism in the contemporary world; 4. Gaining knowledge about major facts and issues related to nationalism in the contemporary world

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

1. Good knowledge of English; 2. Basic knowledge about what is nation and what is nationalism; 3.. Criticall understanding of social and cultural mechanisms involved in groups' creation and social inclusion and exclusion


Week 1: Intorduction and overview of the course themes and ideas; Week 2. "What is a nation" and what is nationalism?; Week 3: Genealogy of Nationalism; Week 4: National identities in the making – some patterns; Week 5: Regimes of ethnicityWeek 6: State and nation in the European ‘time zones’; Week 7: Nationalism mythology; Week 8: Religion and Nationalism;  Week 9: Ethnic cleansings in Central Europe - an overview; Week 10: Ethno-religious cleansing of Muslims; Week 11: Ethnic cleansings on Polish territories; Week 12: Neo-Nationalism; Week 13: Neo-Nationalism and kinship; Week 14: Nationalism and Populism; Week 15: Nationalism and Europeanization

Reading list

Remark: Reading list can be modified and updated

1. General Reading: Ernest Gellner, Nations and Natioalism, Oxford: Blackwell 1983; 2. Ernst Renan, What is a nation? In: H. Bhabha (ed.), Nation and narration, pp. 8-22, London: Routledge 1990; 3. Anthony D. Smith, Gastronomy or Genealogy: the Role of Nationalism in reconstruction of Nations, Nations and Nationalism 1(1), 1995: 3-23; 4. Anna-Marie Thiesse, The formation of national identities, In: M. Demossier (ed.), The European puzzle, pp. 15-28, Oxford: Berghahn 2007; 5. Sener Akturk, Continuity and Change in the Regimes of Ethnicity in Austria, Germany, the USSR/Russia, and Turkey: Varieties of Ethnic Regimes and Hypotheses for Change, Nationalities Papers 35, 1 (2007): 23-49; 6. Bill Kisane and Nick Sitter, The marriage of state and nation in European constitutions, Nations and Nationalism 16(1), 2010: 49-67; 7. Geneviève Zubrzycki, History and the National Sensorium: Making Sense of Polish Mythology, Qualitative Sociology 34 (2011): 21-57; 8. Rogers Brubaker, Religions and nationalism: four approaches, Nations and Nationalism 18(1): 2-20; 9. Marina Cattaruzza, ‘Last stop expulsion: the minority question and forced migration in East-Central Europe: 1918-1949, Nations and Nationalism 16(1), 2010: 108-126; 10. Hough Poulton, The Muslim experience in the Balkan States 1919-1991, Nationalities Papers 28(1): 44-66; 11. Bernd Lineck, “De-Germanization” and “Re-Polonization” in Upper Silesia, 1945-1950, in: P. Ther (ed.) Redrawing nations: Ethnic cleansing in East Central Europe, Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield 2001; 12. Marcus Bank, Performing neo-nationalism, In: A. Gingrich and M. Bank (eds.), Neo-nationalism in Europe and beyond, pp. 50-65, Oxford: Berghahn 2006; 13. Marianne Gullestad, Imagined kinship in Norway, In: A. Gingrich and M. Bank (eds.), Neo-nationalism in Europe and beyond, pp. 69-91, Oxford: Berghahn 2006; 14. Hans-Ge0g Betz, Xenophobia, Identity Politics and Exclusionary Populism in Western Europe, In: Leo Panitch and Colin Leys (eds.), Fighting Identities: Race, Religion and Ethno-Nationalism, The Socialist Register, London: Merlin Press 2003; 15. Hans-Jörg Trenz, The Saga of Europeanisation: On the Narrative Construction of a European Society. Oslo: Arena Working Paper 7/2014; 15.