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"To keep alive the emigrants' affection for the home country": State-driven diaspora politics in early 20th century Southeastern Europe

"To keep alive the emigrants' affection for the home country": State-driven diaspora politics in early 20th century Southeastern Europe
1 Devonshire Place, Room 108N, Munk School of Global Affairs
Time: Nov 8th, 2:00 pm End: Nov 8th, 4:00 pm
Interest Categories: Slavic Studies (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), 2000-
Talk by Ulf Brunnbauer, University of Regensburg

The Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies presents

"To keep alive the emigrants' affection for the home country": State-driven diaspora politics in early 20th century Southeastern Europe

At the end of the 19th century, large parts of Southeastern Europe began to see massive emigration to North America and other overseas destinations. At a time of intense nation building, governments in the region could hardly ignore the fact that so many of their citizens were leaving. On the contrary, some of them discovered the usefulness of emigration for fostering nation-building. In my talk I will discuss the emerging politics of diaspora, focussing on three caste studies (Kingdom of Hungary, Greece, and interwar Yugoslavia). These efforts to project symbolic sovereignty across the Atlantic can elucidate new visions of the nation and its relation to territory, and heralded new forms of governmentality.

Dr. Ulf Brunnbauer is director of the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies and chair of Southeast and East European History at the University of Regensburg.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is required. For further information, please contact Katia Malyuzhinets at 416-946-8962


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