Dublin Conference and Seminars 2023
Nationalism, Nation-Building, and the Decline of Empires
Dublin, Ireland

Day 1 – Conference

Thursday – 25 May

@ Freemason Hall


9:00 AM Welcome

Jonathan Laurence, Clough Center (Boston College)

Giancarlo Bosetti, Reset DOC


9:30 AM – 11:00 AM – The Burden of Imperial Decline on Nationalism in Europe

  • Karen Barkey (Bard College)
  • Robert Gerwarth (University College Dublin) – The Long Shadow of 1918: How the Break-Up of Europe’s Land Empires Shapes our Present
  • Constantin Iordachi (Central European University) – Liberalism, Nationalism and Minorities: The Making of Nation-State Citizenship in Post-Ottoman Balkans
  • Chair: Alessia Passarelli


11:00 AM Coffee Break


11:30 AM – 1:00 PM – The Sick Man of Europe and neo-Ottoman Ambitions

  • Cengiz Aktar (University of Athens EKPA) – Observations on the Illiberal Outcome in the post-Imperial Successor State Turkey
  • Salim Çevik (German Institute for International and Security Affairs) – From Empire to Nation: Religious and Ethnic Pluralism in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey
  • Johanna Chovanec (University of Vienna) [VIRTUAL]
  • Chair: Jonathan Laurence


1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Lunch


2:30 PM- 4:30 PM – Russian Nationalism and the “Russian World”

  • Riccardo Cucciolla (Università degli Studi di Napoli – Orientale) – Unintentional Divorces and Forced Marriages. The National Discourses in Uzbekistan and Armenia toward the “Russian World”
  • Mark Kramer (Harvard University) – Putin and Putinism: Autocratic and Imperial Ambitions
  • Marlène Laruelle (George Washington University) [VIRTUAL]
  • Chair: Mark Lilla



Day 2 – Conference

Friday – 26 May

@ Freemason Hall


9:30 AM – 11:00 AM – The Soviet Legacy

  • Anna Colin Lebedev (Université Paris Nanterre) – Memory and amnesia of the Soviet past in the Ukraine war
  • Andrea Graziosi (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)Stalin’s and Soviet Theory of Nationality and Nationalism: Intellectual Roots and Political Legacy
  • Yaroslav Hrytsak (Catholic University of Lviv) – The Third Ukraine: A Case of Civic Nationalism
  • Chair: Marta Craveri


 11:00 AM Coffee Break


11:30 AM – 1:00 PM – Habsburg: the Conflict between Identity and Integration

  • Marco Bresciani (Università degli Studi di Firenze) – Fascist Ideas, Practices and Networks of “Empire”: Interwar Italy as Post-Habsburg History
  • Pieter Judson (European University Institute) – Prison of Peoples? Conflict Management in Habsburg Central Europe, 1848-1925
  • Clemens Ruthner – Bosnia-Herzegovina: (Colonial and Imperial) Lessons to be learned from the Habsburg Monarchy 
  • Chair: Alessandro Ferrara


1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Lunch


2:30 PM- 4:30 PM – The Weight of Nationalism and Borders today

  • Daniela Luigia Caglioti (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II) – Citizenship and Nationalism: Inclusion and Exclusion in Interwar Europe;
  • Mike Cronin (Boston College Ireland) – Sport and Nationalism
  • Yuli Tamir (Beit Berl College) – Embracing The National Flag or Can Liberal Nationalism counter Populism? 
  • Chair: Giancarlo Bosetti



Day 3 – Conference and Seminars

Saturday – 27 May

@ Boston College Ireland


9:30 AM – 11:30 AM -Student Workshop Presentations


11:30 AM Coffee Break


11:45 AM – Roundtable: The changing balance among superpowers: nations and neo imperial ambitions

  • Anna Colin Lebedev (Université Paris Nanterre)
  • Andrea Graziosi (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)
  • Pieter Judson (European University Institute)
  • Mark Kramer (Harvard University)
  • Mark Lilla (Columbia University)
  • Chair: TBD


Organizing Partners 


Reset Dialogues on Civilizations

Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme

The Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy at Boston College 

Boston College – Ireland

With the support of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – France Delegation.



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