Obsolete, Resilient, Resurgent: The Nation-State in a Globalized World

Place
Regensburg
Venue
2 May - IOS, Landshuter Str. 4, 93047 Regensburg; 3-4 May - PT3.0.79, Universitätsstr. 31, 93053 Regensburg
Host/Organizer
CITAS - Center for International and Transnational Area Studies at the University of Regensburg; IOS - the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg University; Foundation Hans Vielberth
Date
02.05.2019 - 04.05.2019
Deadline
24.04.2019
By
Paul Vickers

The conference investigates the interconnection of the nation-state and globalization, both historically and in the present. From the 1970s, belief in the obsolescence of the nation-state and nationalism became prominent across the political and disciplinary spectrum, from international relations to history, reflecting economic shifts in the West. Meanwhile, the transnational turn in cultural studies and the social sciences has come to draw attention to identities beyond the nation, ranging from subnational and local cultures to global cosmopolitanism. Thus in today’s globalized world, goods, ideas, cultural works and people seem to cross borders and circulate without limits. Yet the interconnectedness of domestic, foreign and international policy, as well as manifestations of globalization in the everyday and cultural realms, seems to face challenges posed by a retreat from multilateralism and cooperation. Thus, belief in the obsolescence of the nation-state seems misplaced given ongoing events in different world regions and the entanglement of nation-states and nationalism in globalizing projects. Investigating how they remained resilient under globalization and now appear resurgent is thus pressing.
The conference thus asks: How did the nation-state come to be seen as passé across many disciplines and regions? What political, economic, social and cultural consequences has teleological faith the nation-state’s obsolescence had? How has the nation-state been a crucial element of globalization rather than its antithesis? How are the global and transnational entangled in the current national resurgence? And how have the national, subnational and local proven both resilient in the face of globalization and also co-constitutive of the global world?

Programm

2 May, 18.00 - KEYNOTE LECTURE
Nation-States and Modern Globalization
Prof. Dr. Matthias Middell (Leipzig University)

3 May

09:00-10:45
Session 1
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
THE INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ORDER IN CRISIS:
GLOBAL GOVERNANCE VS. NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY?

Seeking Strategic Autonomy: How Europe can cope with transatlantic fragmentations
Prof. Dr. Stefan Fröhlich (Erlangen-Nürnberg University)

Donald Trump's “America First” Agenda, Transatlantic Relations and the Liberal International Order
Dr. Jackson Janes (American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC)

‘Is International Law International?’ Reflections on the Politics of International Law in the Post-Soviet Space
Dr. Cindy Wittke (IOS - Leibniz Institute of East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg)

Chaired by Dr. Gerlinde Groitl (Regensburg University)

11:00-12:45
Session 2
PANEL
THE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ORDER IN CRISIS:
ANTI-GLOBALISM IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD?

The Costs and Benefits of Globalization: A decade of experience and unchartered waters ahead
Prof. Dr. András Inotai (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest)

On the Motives for and Rationality of Anti-globalist Policies
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Jerger (Regensburg University)

Prof. Dr. Welf Werner (Heidelberg Center for American Studies, Heidelberg University)

Chaired by: TBC

14:00-15:45
Session 3
PANEL
COMMUNICATION AND TECHNOLOGY: GLOBAL STRUCTURES, NATIONAL DISCOURSES?

Dr. Antje Glück (Teesside University)

The Global Needs the Local: Digital Infrastructures and National Resources
Prof. Dr. Christiane Heibach (Regensburg University)

Prof. Dr. Wulf Kansteiner (Aarhus University)

Chaired by: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Dotzler (Regensburg University)

16:15-17:30
TURBO TALKS
DOCTORAL AND POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS’ PROJECT PRESENTATIONS

Chaired by: Dr. Paul Vickers (CITAS, Regensburg University)

18:00-20:00
KEYNOTE LECTURE

How the Global became National after 1989: Economic Thinking at Non-Aligned Banks, the United Nations, and the World Bank
Prof. Dr. Johanna Bockman (George Mason University, Virginia)

4 May
09:15-11:00
Session 4
PANEL
REMAKING NATIONS AND REGIONS: CITIZENSHIP, BORDERS AND MIGRATION

Moving Borders, Mobile Labour, Migrant Nations
Prof. Dr. Manuela Bojadzijev (Leuphana Lüneburg/ Humboldt University Berlin)

Unmaking Borders: Liberal Global Orders and Freedom of Movement
Jun. Prof. Dr. Jannis Panagiotidis (Osnabrück University)

PD Dr. Heike Raphael-Hernandez (Würzburg University)

Chaired by Prof. Dr. Ulf Brunnbauer
(IOS – Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies/ Regensburg University)

11:15-13:00
Session 5
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
BEYOND THE NATION: FROM LOCALISM TO COSMOPOLITANISM

Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat (Regensburg University)

Postcommunist postcolonialism in Russia and Poland
Prof. Dr. Dirk Uffelmann (Passau University)

Prof. Dr. Fernando Vallespín (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

Objectively obsolete and yet rapidly resurgent: National literature in the age of Angloglobalism
Prof. Dr. Dirk Wiemann (Potsdam University)

Chaired by: Prof. Dr. Sabine Koller (Regensburg University)

13:10-13:30
CONCLUDING DISCUSSION
Chaired by Prof. Dr. Jochen Mecke (Regensburg University)

Kontakt

Paul Vickers
CITAS
Universitätsstr. 31, 93053 Regensburg
+49 941 943 5964

citas@ur.de

Citation
Obsolete, Resilient, Resurgent: The Nation-State in a Globalized World, 02.05.2019 – 04.05.2019 Regensburg, in: Connections. A Journal for Historians and Area Specialists, 12.04.2019, <www.connections.clio-online.net/event/id/termine-39799>.