Between Redemption and Marginalization: Nationalist Narrative in the Global Era

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
NeMLA

Until not very long ago, support for the independence and self-determination of nations was an indication of a progressive politics and a generous spirit. Not only did Americans celebrate their own independence on the Fourth of July each year with fireworks and music, and parades. As late as the middle of the twentieth century, the independence of other national states, from Greece to India, Ethiopia and Algeria, was widely regarded as an expression of historical justice and redemption.

This being said, ‘nationalism’ currently falls on many ears as an insult and condemnation, while several theoretical discussions question how to decouple the public sphere from it national limitations. But why would postnational or transnational publics trust postnational powers that have predominantly been experienced as disempowering? And how could postnational publics be confident that the pattern of relation between legitimacy and efficacy in these new powers mimicked social-democratic experiences as opposed to those of authoritarianism or imperialism? Subaltern counterpublics have flexed their muscle across the globe; utilizing new media, thy helped unleash a major transnational cascade of activist protest, which occupied public squares and topped authoritarian regimes, but again have failed to transform deep states or structures of governance.

This panel will provide an interdisciplinary context to reflect on how nationalist historical struggles have once configured narratives and identities of political and spiritual redemption, and how both these narratives and identities are currently challenged and condemned by global, transnational and postnational frameworks.

Please send an abstract to jose.losadamontero@smsu.edu