Nation, nationality, nationhood: What’s in a name? (Call for Papers)

Nation, nationality, nationhood: What’s in a name?
2-4 May 2013

The Albanian Society for the Study of English and the English School of the Canadian Institute of Technology are organising the 2nd ASSE International Conference on British and American Studies. The conference, which will take place in Tirana, Albania on 2-4 May 2013, will focus on the concepts of Nation, Nationality and Nationhood, and how these are redefined in the 21st century context.

Contributions (in English) are invited from fields such as Literature, Literary Theory and Criticism, Communication and Media Studies and Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, on topics including but not limited to the ones listed below:

  • (Re)constructions of nationhood and national identity: past, present and  future
  • Representations of nationhood in art, literature, history and the media
  • How do you respond to the principle “One nation, One state”?
  • Utopia and dystopia: how different, how similar?
  • National identity, national minority, national stereotypes
  • Race, ethnicity, nationality, and language
  • Self and the Other in the present-day nation
  • Nationalism: how good, how bad?
  • Interacting cultures: Diversity and harmony
  • Disintegrating cultures:  victimization, oppression and racism
  • Theories of nation-building
  • National heroes, myths and legends: uphold or debunk?
  • Spatial and temporal representations of nation and nationality

Abstracts (about 250 words) should be sent to nation[at] by 31 January 2013, using this template. A selection of papers will be published in the journal in esse: English Studies in Albania, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2.

More information can be found in the conference website.

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