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European Geographies of Ethnonationalism(s) 2: Rural, Urban, and Geophysical Fractures

Type: Paper
Theme: Ethnonationalism and Exclusion Around the World
Sponsor Groups: European Specialty Group, Legal Geography Specialty Group, Political Geography Specialty Group
Organizers: James Baker, Mathias Le Bossé
Chairs: Mathias Le Bossé


European, Political Geography, and Legal Geography Specialty Groups are excited to co-sponsor a second paper session on ethnonationalism in the European Union and EEA entitled “European Geographies of Ethnonationalism(s) 2: Rural, Urban, and Geophysical Fractures”

Co-organizers: James E. Baker, MA, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Mathias Le Bossé, PhD, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (Chairperson)

Three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and more than twenty years since Karoly Grúber’s reevaluation of the “contemporary ethnonationalist renaissance in Europe,” European states and societies have come to understand – and in some cases seemingly openly embrace – ethnonationalism as an everyday performative and political reaction to perceived demographic, economic, societal, and cultural changes at regional or supranational scales.

Ethnonationalism, as centered in everyday identities and relationalities between a shared inherent status (such as ancestry, ethnicity, and race), homeland and a perceived Other, remains an active construct at the territorial and diasporic scales throughout the European Union. However, beyond the realm of theory, ethnonationalism recalls (apparently), or intersects with, clear-cut political movements such as Brexit, the regional popularity of Alternative for Germany after the 2017 federal election, the 2017 Catalan self-determination referendum, but also the recent populist government coalition in Italy and even possibly France’s “Yellow Vests” mobilization.

This paper session provides a second forum for a general, wide-ranging discussion of geographies of ethnonationalism and exclusion across diverse visions of Europe(s). Particular attention is paid to making sense of the complexities of European territories and their relations to nationalisms - from subterranean politics in the Western Balkans, to rural spaces of neglect in recent Irish political geographies, historical urban and rural planning in socialist Romania, and community tensions in immigrant ethnic enclaves in England as well as gentrifying urban districts in Istanbul.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter William Durkan*, Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholar, Geography Department, Maynooth University, Unequal Participation and Spaces of Neglect in Recent Irish Elections 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Tamás Illés*, Eötvös Loránd University, "Or we just put the village in a few blocks": Systematizing the countryside in Ceaușescu's Romania 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Rosanna Carver*, Lancaster University, Resource nationalism in contested territories: Trepca and the politics of the subterranean. 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Aysegul Can*, istanbul medeniyet university, A Recipe for Conflict in the Historic Environment of Istanbul: The Case of Tarlabasi 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Michael Hawkins*, Kent State University, International fans, immigrant/ethnic communities, and local neighborhoods: The impact of English football on neighborhood identity. 15 12:00 AM

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