Discourses of the Nation and the National
Globalization and late modernity gave rise to the postnational, but national social formations and nationalisms persist. They tend to reappear in new forms, or continue their existence under the guise of cosmopolitanism, or become constructed as patriotism in certain discourses.
The focus of this project is a comparative study of various aspects of the national across various discourses. Some crucial aspects of "the Nation" and "the National" are constructed and deconstructed in discourse (e.g., national language discourse and the discourse of national cultural studies).
The modes of realization, visibility, and importance of the reproductions of the national vary from country to country. We want to examine these differences by concentrating on various realms of discourse:
- academic texts
- public discussions
- discourse by political elites.
We also include the reflexive and self-reflexive dimension in this project: we not only study "the national", but also how this research objective is approached discursively and studied (e.g., at universities).
The subtopics of the project include, but are not limited to:
- discourse of the national in the humanities,
- language and the national,
- discourses establishing or destroying national languages,
- national narratives in public discussions about European integration and EU enlargement,
- the interrelation of the national and the environmental, especially in discourses in regional and urban planning.
New book by Mark Luccarelli
The Eclipse of Urbanism and the Greening of Public Space: Image Making and the Search for a Commons in the United States, 1682–1865
In The Eclipse of Urbanism and the Greening of Public Space: Image Making and the Search for a Commons in the United States, 1682–1865, Mark Luccarelli pushes past unproductive mind/body debates by rooting the rise of environmental awareness in the political and geographical history of the US. Considering history in terms of the categorical development of space – social, territorial and conceptual – the book examines the forces that drove people to ignore their surroundings by distancing culture from place and by assiduously advancing the dissolution of social bonds. Thus beneath the question of the surround, and the key to its renewal today, is the quest to re-engage the common. The latter is still a part of the approach to space, its arrangement and disposition, and has a necessary environmental dimension.
Concepts of urbanism, place identity, picturesque landscape and nature are part of a larger Western intellectual and cultural context but, by examining the imaging of cities and landscape, Luccarelli links particular American geographic settings – as well as the political ideals and practices of the republic – to the application and aesthetic reading of these ideas. The advocates of these various perspectives shared an aesthetic orientation as a means of redefining or recovering the common. The book looks at various American urban and regional contexts, as well as the work of artists, writers and public figures, including painter and engraver William Birch, Thomas Jefferson, engraver John Hill, Henry David Thoreau and Frederick Law Olmsted. Luccarelli embeds his environmental study in the works of these men and in the course of American history between the planting of the city of Philadelphia and the establishment of Olmsted’s major urban parks.
Master’s theses attached to the project DNN
Andreas Stormo, Middle Class Economics? Restoring the American Dream in a Corporate Age (completed fall 2015)
Laila Berg, Imagining Independence: Creativity, Agency, and Nationalism in the Scottish Independence Movement (completed spring 2016)
Anna C. Likværn, Discourses of the Refugee Crisis: An Analysis of Italian and Norwegian Newspaper Articles
Stefan Blanuša, The Cyrillic Script and Serb Identity Presented in Online Media