Artificial nations: disappeared states, post-colonial borders and methodological nationalism

Watson Building B09
Thursday 27 October 2016 (09:00-19:00)

This workshop is focused on so-called ‘artificial nations’, states either disappeared or in existence today that are perceived as contrary to their ‘natural’ disposition, whether by origin or borders. It takes a comparative, critical approach across different times and places, aiming to both historicise the notion of artificial states and borders, and to deconstruct methodological nationalism inherent in this notion.


Organised by Ilya Afanasyev

The event is free. To reserve a please email

Speakers include:

  • John Breuilly (LSE)
    A critique of the concept of artificial state boundaries
  • Nutsa Batiashvili (University of Oxford & Free University of Tbilisi)
    Horizons, margins and the centres of nation-making: the case of colonial and post-colonial Georgia
  • Courtney J. Campbell (University of Birmingham)
    Visualizing the Brazilian Northeast: Maps, borders, and memories in the creation of subnational space
  • Djene Bajalan(Missouri State University)
    The 'partition' of Kurdistan: a reassessment
  • Klaus Richter (University of Birmingham)
    Statehood derailed: Normative views on interwar East Central Europe
  • Maria Falina (Dublin City University)
    Was Yugoslavia ever real? Dilemmas of state- and nation-building in the 20th century
  • Matthieu Rey (Collège de France)
    State building and integration of the population: a long-term perspective on Syria
  • Kate Skinner (University of Birmingham)
    Contingencies of decolonisation and nations against the odds: a case study from Togo, West Africa
  • Natalya Vince (Portsmouth University)
    Divided nation or collective performance? The politics of competing versions of Algeria
  • Faisal Devji(University of Oxford)
    Memory in the nation without a past


The Long History of Identity, Ethnicity and Nationhood Research Network is convened by Ilya Afanasyev and Micholas Matheou, and sponsored by BRIHC and TORCH

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