***Sponsored by Eurasian, European, and Political Geography Specialty Groups***
Taking Rogers Brubaker’s 1998 paper, “Migrations of Ethnic Unmixing in the ‘New Europe’” as a point of departure, we aim to examine the current state of ethnonationalism – in a multitude of (re)formulations – across Eurasia. Provoked by Brubaker’s definition of ethnic affinity (to a “highly prized homeland”), we are interested in deconstructing ethnonationalism at a variety of scales through diverse scholarly and pedagogical frameworks. Moreover, in the 30 years since the unraveling of the Soviet order in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, the “role of ethnonationalism in the break-up of the Soviet Union” (Cheshko 2005) remains a contentious paradigm for understanding this geopolitically and ecologically critical space.
Session 2: Trans/national - Scales Communities and Borders, Real and Imagined
This session presents four paper presentations followed by a discussion which offers trans/national perspectives on identity, ethnic mobilization, and modes of belonging (real and imagined) while challenging the prevailing paradigms and analytical frameworks of scale and borders across Eurasia (broadly conceived).
|Introduction||James Baker University Of Nebraska - Lincoln||5||3:20 PM|
|Presenter||John Biersack*, Independent Scholar, What is the Scale of Eurasia?: Discourses and Bordering||15||3:25 PM|
|Presenter||Ágnes Erőss*, Geographical Institute RCAES, Patrik Tátrai, Geographical Institute RCAES, Katalin Kolozsvári, Geographical Institute RCAES, At the edge of the nation: the micropolitics of identity construction and ethnic categorization in multiethnic Transcarpathia||15||3:40 PM|
|Presenter||Michaela Gawrys*, Kent State University, The Implications of Changing Border Structure: A case study in Kosovo||15||3:55 PM|
|Presenter||Francis Naylor*, University of Colorado, Boulder, Complementary and Conflicting Identities: Territorial Perception and National Identities in the North Caucasus of the Russian Federation||15||4:10 PM|
|Discussant||Thomas Nail||10||4:25 PM|
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