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Lecture | Leiden University Nationalism Network

Majority Minority

Tuesday 22 November 2022
Leiden University Nationalism Network events

How do societies respond to great demographic change? This question lingers over the contemporary politics of countries where persistent immigration has altered populations and may soon produce a “Majority Minority” milestone. Until now, most of our knowledge about responses to demographic change are based on studies of individual people’s reactions; they are defensive and intolerant. Why and how are these instincts sometimes tempered to promote more successful coexistence? Grounded in rich narratives and novel statistical data, George Mason University political scientist Justin Gest reveals the way this contentious milestone and its accompanying identity politics are ultimately subject to good governance.

These and more questions will be discussed in the lecture delivered by Justin Gest (George Mason University). The talk will take place at the Central European University, and it is live streamed as part of the online lecture series organized by the Leiden University Nationalism Network, the Loughborough University Nationalism Network, Nationalism in Global Perspective Program at the University of Edinburgh and the Nationalism Studies Program at the Central European University.

Justin Gest is an Associate Professor of Policy and Government at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. He is the author of six books on the politics of immigration and demographic change. He co-founded and co-edits the Oxford University Press book series, “Oxford Studies in Migration and Citizenship” in 2020, and co-founded the Migration Studies Unit at the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2007. He has provided reporting or commentary for ABC, BBC, CBC, CNN, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, NPR, The New York Times, Politico, Reuters, Vox, and The Washington Post. In 2014 and 2020, Professor Gest received Harvard University’s Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize and the George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award, respectively each university’s highest award for faculty teaching.

Students and staff are welcome and registration is needed beforehand on Eventbrite.

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

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