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Lecture | Leiden University Nationalism Network

Nationalism in Latin America and Africa

Thursday 9 May 2019
Locatie: Eyckhof 1-003C
Leiden University Nationalism Network
P.N. van Eyckhof 1
2311BV Leiden

Patricio Silva: Latin America

Nationalism and patriotism were at the basis of the independence process of the Latin American countries in the early 19th century, as Benedict Anderson already pointed out, and these phenomena have played a central role in Latin American politics ever since. This has been the case in local resistance towards British imperialism in the period 1850-1920, and later against U.S. penetration and influence in the Latin American economies and in the political realm. Particularly interesting (although insufficiently explored so far) has been the de facto convergence existing between the Latin American left and the right-wing sectors with respect to nationalism and patriotism in their political discourse. In this mini-lecture the focus will be on the emergence of nationalist populism in Latin America in two critical historical conjunctures; the crisis of the 1930s and the crisis of neoliberalism since the late 1990s.

Stefano Bellucci: Africa

This lecture is an introduction to nationalism in Africa. In order to understand African nationalism it is important to historicise the phenomenon and define it in comparison to European or other world regions. This introduction looks at the relationship between nationalism and culture as well as nationalism in relations to politics, i.e. ideology and the state. In sum, this mini-lecture discusses nationalism in Africa as a political tool in the hands of political elite (colonial and post-colonial), and less so as doctrinal theory.

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