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Lecture | Leiden University Nationalism Network

POSTPONED - Civic and ethnic nations in Southeast Asia

Date
Wednesday 1 December 2021
Time
Series
Leiden University Nationalism Network
Location
Lipsius
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Room
1.47 (meeting will be streamed as well via Kaltura)

This edition of the Leiden University Nationalism Network will be postponed.

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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.

For more information: h.j.storm@hum.leidenuniv.nl

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