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There is no Revolutionary Nationalism: A Conversation with Nandita Sharma

When: Tuesday, March 22, 2022, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: Online, Ms Teams

Speaker: Professor Nandita Sharma the University of Hawai’ at Mānoa

Mobile People Events Series

Join the conversation with Professor Nandita Sharma (Sociology, the University of Hawai’I at Mānoa) and Queen Mary Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholars Ida Birkvad and Alex Stoffel on the universalisation of the nation-state as the emergence of a postcolonial world order and its consequences such as the hardening of borders and nationalism.

In Home Rule: National Sovereignty and the Separation of Natives and Migrants (2020), Nandita Sharma traces the emergence of ‘the postcolonial new world order’ arguing that the universalisation of the nation state has led to the hardening of borders and an historically unprecedented extension of capital into everyday life. Provocatively, Sharma argues that we must understand the anti-colonial national liberation movements of the postwar period as complicit in the construction of this new world order, in turn unsettling the ‘critical’ vocabulary of research on borders, migration, and forms of colonialism.  

About the speaker

Professor Nandita Sharma is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Hawai’I at Mānoa. Sharma’s research and activism centres around issues related to migration, migrant labor, nation-state power, ideologies of racism, sexism, and nationalism, processes of identification and self-understanding, and social movements for justice. She is the author of Home Economics: Nationalism and the Making of ‘Migrant Workers’ in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2006) and Home Rule: National Sovereignty and the Separation of Natives and Migrants (Duke University Press, 2020).

The chairs

To discuss her critique of the ostensibly progressive distinction between ‘bad’ nationalism in the colonial core and the ‘good’ nationalism of the colonial periphery, Professor Sharma is joined by Leverhulme Trust Doctorial Scholars Alex Stoffel and Ida Roland Birkvad.

About Mobile People

This event forms part of the Mobile People programme of work. It is a Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship programme at Queen Mary University of London, Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences and School of Politics and International Relations. For more information please visit IHSS Ongoing projects page. 


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