Lecture | Leiden University Nationalism Network
POSTPONED - Civic and ethnic nations in Southeast Asia
- Wednesday 1 December 2021
- Leiden University Nationalism Network
2311 BD Leiden
- 1.47 (meeting will be streamed as well via Kaltura)
This edition of the Leiden University Nationalism Network will be postponed.
A number of influential publications have recently warned that 'civic nationalism' - the kind based on shared respect for citizens' rights and freedoms - is illusory or impracticable unless infused with a strong dose of 'ethnic nationalism' - the kind based on shared ethnicity or culture. Yael Tamir goes so far as to ask, rhetorically: 'Is there a tradition of multiethnic democracy?' My talk examines this question in the context of modern Southeast Asia, where Indonesia arguably provides an example of a successful multiethnic or 'civic' nation, and where nations with a more explicitly 'ethnic' character, notably Malaysia and Myanmar/Burma, have had difficulty promoting national unity and civic sentiment.
David Henley is a geographer and a Professor of Contemporary Indonesia Studies at Leiden University. He is an expert on nationalism, regionalism and ethnicity, but has also published extensively on a broad range of topics, such as agricultural history, state formation, economic development and the politics of religious sound, mostly studying Indonesian developments within a broad comparative perspective.
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