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Humanist Archives: March 3, 2019, 7:56 a.m. Humanist 32.501 - events: nationalism, ethnicity & cultural diversity

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 501.
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        Date: 2019-03-02 16:31:39+00:00
        From: guzel.yusupova@durham.ac.uk
        Subject: Fwd: conf: Durham: Cultures of Digital Technologies

> From: guzel.yusupova@durham.ac.uk

Nationalism, Ethnicity and Cultural Diversity in the Digital Age

It has been over 35 years since Benedict Anderson published his 
seminal Imagined Communities (1983). Much has happened over the 
past three and a half decades. The development of digital technologies, 
in particular, has brought about profound changes to many spheres of 
social life, including media and nationalism. Today’s digitally 
mediated national ‘imagination’ and people’s sense of belonging to 
the same nation goes far beyond the reach of Andersonian print 
capitalism, transforming the very notions of the nation-state and 
national identity. In recent years, a significant degree of scholarly 
attention is being paid to topics such as digital nationalism, online 
populism, digital media and identity formation, cyberspace and 
transnationalism. What brings together these diverse subjects is the 
continued, and in fact growing, salience of ethnic identification in 
multicultural societies, as well as the simultaneous desire to find 
new ways of boosting social solidarity within them. Surprisingly, 
though, it is still rare to find more systematic treatments of how 
digital media are transforming nation-building, ethnic mobilisation, 
and the fostering of cultural diversity in contemporary societies.

This symposium, organised by Dr Guzel Yusupova and hosted at Durham
University on 14-15 March 2019, brings together scholars from different
disciplines and research areas, to discuss approaches to understanding
the role of digital media in ongoing transformations of nationhood,
ethnicity and cultural diversity within and in-between states. We will
consider four main themes within this framework:

1. Cyberspace, language and the construction of ethnic and national
identity within nation states.

2. Memory wars, cultural heritage and digital negotiations of identity
in the borderlands.

3. Digital economy and distant nationalism: the (re)production of ethnic\x{92}
identity online.

4. Citizenship, xenophobia and populism in the digital age.

We will discuss how we can reconsider scholarly ideas on key aspects of
ethnic identity, including:

a) linguistic repertoire and language ideologies;

b) negotiations of national and individual memory;

c) practices of ethnic production and consumption;

d) citizenship and sense of national belonging.

The reconsideration of these issues in the context of the
twenty-first-century digital revolution should provide us with a better
understanding of social mechanisms behind contemporary digitally
mediated multi-ethnic states. Ultimately, our aim is to come up with
possible explanations of the new normality of ethnically diverse
societies in a digital age.

For more information contact: guzel.yusupova@durham.ac.uk

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