Nationalism is a pervasive force in culture and politics in the 21st century. It shapes our understanding of essential social categories like national identity that bear implications for citizenship and immigration. It frames debates on economic policy with consequences for inequality and development. It identifies enemies and rationalizes armed conflict in the name of the nation and complicates the negotiation of peace. Nationalism may attract headlines and infuse large-scale political campaigns, but it is equally experienced in a myriad of individual, everyday practices that create and re-create national boundaries.
The Center for the Study of Nationalism (CSN) engages OU faculty and students in the empirical and theoretical aspects of studying nationalism and related cultural and political issues, including: cultural authenticity and reinvention; self-determination and secession; ethnic conflict and civil war; immigration and citizenship; globalization, development, and inequality; minority rights, accommodation and nation-building. Recognizing that the study of nationalism transcends academic disciplines and crosses the boundaries of traditional area studies, CSN bridges across departments and centers on campus to provide a forum for advancing knowledge and research production about nationalism and related cultural and political phenomena.
On April 3, 2023, the Center for the Study of Nationalism and the Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies presented "Kreisky, Israel and Jewish Identity," a talk with Daniel Aschheim, Deputy Consul General of Israel to the Midwest. Moderator was Dr. Carsten Schapkow, L.R. Brammer, Jr. Presidential Associate Professor in History and Director of the Center for the Study of Nationalism.
The panel “Bearing Witness: Three Views from Berlin” organized by OU’s Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies on September 14, 2022 brought together Professors Alan Levenson, Hadas Cohen, Karlos Hill, and Carsten Schapkow. All of them had lived in Berlin for some time. The panel discussion highlighted how these three scholars, an Israeli, an American and a German, perceive Berlin as a place of Jewish history and the Holocaust. And moreover, how knowledge of these histories and the memory of both events can be used for us today to better understand and combat current socio-political phenomena, such as the increase of both racism and anti-Semitism in Germany and the United States.
The Long Path to Democracy in Germany: Ernst Troeltsch and the First World War
Jewish Studies and Israeli Studies in the 21st Century: Intersections and Prospects
Frank Jacob and Carsten Schapkow (eds.), Nationalism in a Transnational Age: Irrational Fears and the Strategic Abuse of Nationalist Pride (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2021) Downloadable PDF of Nationalism Article
Carsten Schapkow and Frank Jacob (eds.), Nationalism and Populism: Expressions of Fear or Political Strategies? (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2022)
Afshin Marashi, Exile and the Nation: The Parsi Community of India and the Making of Modern Iran (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2020)
Sandie Holguin, Flamenco Nation: The Construction of Spanish National Identity (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press 2019)
Carsten Schapkow and Klaus Hoedl (eds.), Jewish Studies and Israel Studies in the 21st Century: Intersections and Prospects (Lanham: Lexington Books 2019)
Misha Klein, Kosher Feijoada and Other Paradoxes of Jewish Life in Sao Paulo (University Press of Florida, 2012, 2nd edition 2016)
Carsten Schapkow, Role Model and Countermodel. The Golden Age of Iberian Jewry and German-Jewish Culture During the Era of Emancipation (Lanham: Lexington Books 2016)
Karin Schutjer, Goethe and Judaism. The Troubled Inheritance of Modern Literature (Evanston: Northwestern University Press 2015)
Afshin Marashi and Kamran Aghaie (eds.), Rethinking Iranian Nationalism and Modernity (University of Texas Press, 2014)
James Cane, The Fourth Enemy. Journalism and Power in the Making of Peronist Argentina, 1930-1955 (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press 2011)
Afshin Marashi, Nationalizing Iran: Culture, Power, and the State, 1870-1940 (University of Washington Press, 2008)
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