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Department of Sociology


Join us for the penultimate seminar of the 2020-21 series: "Nationalism as a sociological problem".

This session will consist of two complementary presentations followed by a Q&A, chaired by Dr Ali Meghji. The presentations are titled: ‘Bordering, Othering, and Patriotism’ (Dr Meghan Tinsley), and 'The Futile Folly of Left Nationalism' (Dr Sivamohan Valluvan).

This event took place on Tue 2 March 2021, 12:30-2pm (GMT).

About the speakers

Dr Meghan Tinsley is Presidential Fellow in Ethnicity and Inequalities at the Department of Sociology at the University of Manchester. Dr Tinsley received her PhD from Boston University in May 2018, and also holds an MSc in Race, Ethnicity, and Postcolonial Studies from the London School of Economics (2010) and a BA in International Relations and French from Wellesley College (2007). Her current research projects include The Changing Shape of Cultural Activism, re-evaluating the role of public statues in memorialising slavery and empire, and After Repatriation: New Approaches to Indigenising the Museum, uncovering the prospects for repatriation as a strategy for decolonising/Indigenising colonial institutions.

Dr Sivamohan Valluvan joined Warwick Sociology as an Assistant Professor in 2018, having previously worked at the University of Manchester. His MSc and ESRC funded PhD study, the latter awarded in June 2014, was also based at Manchester Sociology. Previously, he attained a BA in Political Science from the University of Stockholm. Dr Valluvan's ongoing research areas focus on the rise of a contemporary nationalism that traverses a range of ideological and cultural repertoires – a project that culminated in the 2019 monograph, The Clamour of Nationalism (Manchester University Press). This has been complemented by a British Academy funded research project aimed at critically unpacking and challenging recent invocations of a ‘Left Behind’ in much public analysis.

Recommended readings

During this seminar, the following readings were recommended by the speakers as important texts for the study of nationalism:

  • Alagraa, B. (2021). What Will Be The Cure?: A Conversation With Sylvia Wynter. Interview in Offshoot Journal.

  • Virdee S and McGeever B. (2018). Racism, Crisis, Brexit. Ethnic and Racial Studies 41(10): 1802–1819. DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2017.1361544.

  • Zhang, C. (2020). Right-wing populism with Chinese characteristics? Identity, otherness and global imaginaries in debating world politics online. European Journal of International Relations, 26(1), 88–115.

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