Workshop on Transnational and Multicultural Nationalisms
27 April 2018
Transnationalism has become an inevitable development in human experiences imposed by globalization and concerns domains going from the distribution of natural resources to organized crimes and terrorism. Studies for a least two decades have explored transnational phenomenon as migrants’ experiences « here and there », « at home and abroad » and have spread to an interdisciplinary approach. All sorts of networks – economic, cultural and political –connect home and host countries. These networks ensure the transfer of norms, values, and rights and foster a transnational solidarity and where new forms of interaction occur, creating new symbols and engendering identities which seek to assert themselves beyond borders. Transnationalism raises the question of nationalism and territoriality of belonging. Transnational communities are guided by a de-territorialized “imagined geography” that gives rise to a form of transnational nationalism, non territoiral, not bounded.
Among many aspects of transnationalism, in particular is of interest for this one day workshop is to clarify what this phenomenon encompasses in terms of nationalism and national identity; how the modes of attachment that we find here relate to the relevant political authorities and how transnationalism relates to multiculturalism. To some the emergence of transnational communities appears as a logical next step to multiculturalism defined as a “politics of recognition”. But for scholars who is advocating a multicultural nationalism, like Tariq Modood for Britain, the key political challenge today is monocultural, populist nationalism and they think that the multiculuralising of national citizenship is a more feasible response than cosmopolitianism or other post-national tendencies.
If these variations of nationalism are perceived as challenge to states, studies show that states following their migrants in movement intervene in order to “reterritoiralize” globalized identities. In doing so they compete with a more bottoms-up transnationalism or a vernacular cosmopolitanism as well as with polities re-asserting their national identities, in monocultural or multicultural ways. We seek to understand these alternative and competing nationalisms as responses to migration-based diversity and the interactive dynamics between these political ideas and movements.
This one day workshop will bring together scholars who have been working on transnationalism in realtion to multiculturalism, nationalism, and citizesnhip.
10h00 – 12h30
Panel 1: Transnationalism with regard to state and nationalism : conceptual and methodological framework
Tariq Modood, University of Bristol: Multicultural nationalism and citizenship
Riva Kastoryano, Sciences Po – CERI – CNRS: Transnational nationalism and the state
Thomas Faist, University of Bielefeld: Transnational civil society and sate and citizenship
Discussant: Hélène Thiollet, Sciences Po – CERI – CNRS
14h30 – 17h30
Panel 2: Transnational and multicultural politics of integration
Ruud Koopmans, WZB : Assimilation and Multiculturalism
Marco Antonsich, Loughborough University : Multicultural Nationalism : connecting the macro and the micro
Thomas Lacroix : From simultaneity to plurality. Transnationalism in action
Discussant : Hélène Thiollet, Sciences Po, CERI – CNRS
Responsables Scientifiques: Riva Kastoryano, Sciences Po – CERI – CNRS et Tariq Modood, Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, SPAIS, University of Bristol
Tariq Modood, MBE, FBA, FAcSS, FRSA
Professor of Sociology, Politics and Public Policy,
Director, University of Bristol Research Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship
School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS)
NEW C0-EDITED BOOK: ‘The Problem of Religious Diversity: European Challenges, Asian Approaches’:
NEW PAPER: ‘Must Interculturalists Misrepresent Multiculturalism?’