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PCNI Conference 'Reconsidering Democracy and the Nation State in a Global Perspective'

Thursday 14 January 2016 - Saturday 16 January 2016
Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden
Small auditorium

The conference program consists of two plenary keynote lectures and paper presentations during workshop sessions (circa 10 persons per session). Presenters of accepted papers are asked to speak 15 minutes, followed by a discussion under the supervision of a session chair. 


Thursday 14 January 2016

Opening by prof. Henk te Velde at 15:00h in the Academy building
Keynote lectures by:
Prof. Glenda Sluga (University of Sydney), ‘The international history of democracy and the nation-state: 3 methodological propositions’ and
Prof. Adam Fairclough (Leiden University), ‘Government By the People? American Political Parties and the Nation-State’
Reception at 17:30h, in Leiden Town Hall

Friday 15 January 2016

9:00-17:30h Workshops in the Lipsius building
Dinner at 19:00h, location TBD

Saturday 16 January 2016

9:00-11:00h Workshops in the Lipsius building
11:00h Round table
13:00h Closure

Keynote speakers

Prof. dr. Glenda Sluga, University of Sydney

The research of Glenda Sluga adresses the dynamic relationship between internationalism and nationalism at the forefront of international history. It offers important insights into the modes and mechanics of European nationalisms and how they interacted with global internationalisms in the twentieth century.

This multifaceted vision of the relations between the two processes is central to the aim of the conference which is to investigate the tensions inherent between them, and examine how they affected the development of democracy and manifestations of the nation state globally.

Prof. dr. Adam Fairclough, Leiden University

Adam Fairclough is Professor of American History at Leiden University since 2005, and wrote several books and numerous articles on the black civil rights movement in the United States, his main area of expertise.

Workshop sessions

Presenters of accepted papers will speak for 15 minutes, followed by a discussion under the supervision of a session chair. 

This session chair will be the contact person for presenters in the months before and after the conference. Depending on the outcome of the workshop session and presented papers, each workshop group will make a decision on what to do with the joint research results after the conference.

Speakers and abstracts

1. National Parliamentary Procedure and Democratization
Coordinators: Onni Pekonen and Henk te Velde

2. Democratization and nationalism in Europe, 1870-1920
Coordinators: Eric Storm & Maarten van Ginderachter

3. Beyond Democratic Peace. Democracy, the Nation State and War
Coordinator: Eugenio Cusumano

4. When the nation is not enough. Democratic rights on the global stage, 1870-1970
Coordinator: Anne-Isabelle Richard

5. Democracy, the Nation State, and their adversaries
Coordinators: Joost Augusteijn, Constant Hijzen & Mark Leon de Vries

6. Democratic Distrust: Power, Paranoia, and the People
Coordinator: Eduard van de Bilt

7. ‘Congomania’ and Forms of the National State in Africa (1950s – 1960s)
Coordinator: Alanna O'Malley

8. Necropolitics and Political Authority: Violence and Death in the Control over Populations
Coordinator: José Carlos G. Aguiar & Erella Grassiani

9.  Politics of Discontent in the Southern Cone
Coordinators: Michelle Carmody & Patricio Silva

Organising committee

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