"Ethnic Unmixing" Remixed 2: Scales and Territories of Transnational Ethnic Identities

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


***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: Scale, Territory, Border - Transnational Ethnic Identities

This session presents four paper presentations followed by a discussion which challenges the prevailing paradigms and analytical frameworks of borders across Eurasia (broadly conceived).


Type Details Minutes
Introduction James Baker University Of Nebraska - Lincoln 5
Presenter John Biersack*, Independent Scholar, What is the Scale of Eurasia?: Discourses and Bordering 15
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
Presenter Michaela Gawrys*, Kent State University, The Implications of Changing Border Structure: A case study in Kosovo 15
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
Discussant Thomas Nail 10

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