Symposium Nation, Boundaries, Place





University of Oslo

Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages

2-3 June 2016


This symposium is part of the project “Discourses of the Nation and the National”. Organising Committee: Silvia Grassi, Elizaveta Khachaturyan, Mark Luccarelli, and Ljiljana Šarić


Symposium Schedule


Thursday 2 june

Meets PA Munchs hus, seminar room 360 – see link for map:


8.40 Welcome, Registration, and Introduction


9.00-10.00 First Keynote Lecture


Rosario Forlenza (Columbia University, USA)

“nation as a ‘home’: anthropological foundations and human needs”


10.00-10.30 Coffee Break


10.30-12.00 Workshop 1: Civitas and Nation


Steven Colatrella (Boston College, Parma extension; University of Maryland, University College, extension, Italy)

“From Hannah Arendt to Malcolm X: Refugees Rights Republics”


Ole Sneltvedt (University of Oslo, Norway)

“Constructing Walls around the Social Construction of the Nation:

Ancient Walls, the Common and Political Preconditions


Stefano Adamo (Banja Luka University, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

“Monuments carved in film: Developing civic awareness through the memory of fallen anti-mafia activists”


12.00 -13.00 Lunch


13.00-15.00 Workshop 2: Nation and State


Bojan Glavasevic (University of Zagreb, Croatia)

“Razor wire and the European dream”


Jenny Ponzo (Ludwig-Maximilians University, Germany)

“Contemporary interpretations of Italian national unification:

The nation as an anti-model”


Boris Vukićević (University of Montenegro, Montenegro)

“(Re)interpretation of History as an Instrument of Nation Building(s) in Montenegro”


Clemens Büttner (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany)

“Imperial expectations of strong nation-statehood: China’s military modernization strategy in the early 20th century”


15.00-15.30 Coffee Break


15.30-16.30 Workshop 3: The Biological and Environmental Bases of Nation


Werner Bigell (University of Tromsø, Norway)

“The Environment in a National Frame: The Asymmetry between Global Environmental Problems and National Solutions and Imaginaries”


Venla Oikkonen (University of Helsinki, Finland)

“Ancient DNA and National Belonging”



18.30 – Conference dinner (Informal dress)


Friday 3 june

Meets in Lucy Smith hus, room 1003 – see link for map




9.00-10.00 Keynote lecture 2


Piers Stephens (University of Georgia, USA)

“What’s Wrong with having your country invaded”?


10.00-10.30 Coffee break



10.30- 12.30 Workshop 4: Nation Beyond Boundaries


Sergio Sabbatini (University of Oslo)

Taking the boundaries with you: Italy and the National in the work of Luigi Di Ruscio, Italian migrant writer in Norway”



Elizaveta Khachaturyan (University of Oslo)

“Movable Boundaries: The Case of Italian Identity in Norway”


Monica Miscali (University of Oslo)

Emigration and nationalism: Italian emigration to Norway in the XIX century.


Anna Bączkowska (Kazimierz Wielki University, Poland)

“Polish diaspora in Norway – commonality and national identity: A discursive study of new media data”


12.30 -13.15 Lunch


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