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2019-06-21

Call for papers: “The Nation and the Radical Left – Practices and Discourses of National Identity in Left-Wing Politics”

The call for papers is now open for a conference on national identities and left-wing politics.

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COSMOS, Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence, Italy, 28 November 2019

Organizers: Jacopo Custodi, Manuela Caiani (Scuola Normale Superiore)

Keynote speakers: Benjamin De Cleen (VrijeUniversiteitBrussel), Daniel Keith (University of Yo r k)

Panel discussants: Yannis Stavrakakis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Benoît Challand (Scuola Normale Superiore), Manuela Caiani (Scuola Normale Superiore)

The conference aims to explore and evaluate the intricate relationship between national identity, nationality and nationalism on one side, and left-wing, emancipatory and radical politics on the other side. We welcome both theoretical and empirical papers on the following themes:

  • Left-wing populism and nationalism
  • The radical left and the nationalist-globalist cleavage
  • The radical left and the nationalist revival
  • Imagined communities and left-wing projects
  • National identity and migrant solidarity activism
  • Alter-Europeanism and Euroscepticism
  • Radical left and nationality in post-colonial contexts
  • Transnational leftist movements beyond the nation
  • Patriotism and anti-imperialism
  • Internationalism and cosmopolitanism
  • Internationalism and popular sovereignty
  • The conference intends to cover cases from different areas of the world, as a necessary step in order to better grasp the complexity and the polymorphism of national identity within radical left politics.

Consequently,we welcome papers assessing European as well as non-European cases.

The deadline for paper proposals is 25 July 2019. Please send an abstract (400 words max) and  a short bio (100 words max) to jacopo.custodi@sns.it. The abstract and the short bio have to be attached to the email as two separate pdf files. Please name the former with the title of your paper, and the latter with your name and surname. If accepted, full paper (6000 words max) is expected by 15 November 2019. Short bio and full papers will be circulated among the presenters prior to the conference. There is no registration fee, but accommodation and travel costs are to be covered by participants.

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The call for papers is now open for a conference on national identities and left-wing politics.

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Publications

Journal Article - 2019

Ballots and barricades enhanced: far‐right ‘movement parties’ and movement‐electoral interactions

Andrea Pirro
This contribution enhances our understanding of the contemporary far right by focusing on the neglected links between movements and elections within the broader context of contention.

Journal Article - 2019

From the Rainy Place to the Burnt Palace: How Social Movements Form their Political Strategies. The Case of the Six Federations of the Tropic of Cochabamba

Leonidas Oikonomakis
Exploring the case of the cocaleros of the Chapare, this article argues that more emphasis should be placed on mechanisms that are internal to the movements, such as: (a) the resonance of other political experiences at home and abroad, (b) internal struggles for ideological hegemony, and (c) the political formation of their grassroots.