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Published Oct. 2, 2020 9:55 AM

Roar Lishaugen's contribution to the book Lire en Europe. Textes, formes, lectures (XVIIIe-XXIe siècle) investigates how post-1948 Communist authorities in Czechoslovakia utilized the national classics and strategies of collective reading to reinterpret the national past and transform the cultural memory in order to legitimize their power. 

A red and grey illustrated rose, on a blue background. The front page of the book "Metaphor, Nation and Discourse"
Published Sep. 29, 2019 12:22 PM

This edited volume examines how metaphors and related phenomena (e.g. metonymies, symbols, cultural models, stereotypes) lead to the discursive construction of a common element that brings the nation together.

The cover of: Nations and Nationalism, vol 25, pt. 1, January 2019
Published June 14, 2019 1:50 PM

Kolstø discusses the concept of ‘imperialist nationalism’, as numerous articles and historical actors use the term actively, even though the definition of "nationalism" traditionally is regarded as contradictory to that of "imperialism".

Book cover: Rampart Nations
Published June 7, 2019 10:54 AM

Imagining a region as a defensive barrier against a dangerous Other has been a persistent strand in the development of Eastern European nationalisms. Pål Kolstø's contribution to "Rampart Nations: Bulwark myths in East European multiconfessional societies in the age of nationalism" discusses how small and vulnerable nations use such antemurale myths as a defensive strategy against their strong neighbours.

Cover of the journal PMLA vol. 134 (1) January 2019
Published May 27, 2019 10:21 PM

In this article, Roar Lishaugen and Jiřina Šmejkalová discuss methodological challenges in the study of the history of reading in former Soviet satellite states.

Publication about the Soviet Nazi Occupation
Published May 13, 2019 2:30 PM

In this compelling account of life and death in a Russian province under Nazi occupation, Johannes Due Enstad challenges received wisdom about Russian patriotism during World War II.