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Catalonia’s independence: When nationalism and democracy clash

14:00 James France room D002


Speakers: Eunice Romero Rivera (Open University of Catalonia)

Paolo Cossarini (Loughborough University)


Convenors: Marco Antonsich (LUNN) and Chris Zebrowski (CSIG)

Tuesday 17 October 2017, 2-3pm, James France room D002

On 1st October 2017, an overwhelming majority of Catalans voted in favour of the independence of Catalonia. Being declared illegal by the Constitutional Court of Spain and being violently suppressed by the National Police Corps and the Guardia Civil, the vote clearly marks a historical breakpoint in the longstanding struggle between Madrid and Barcelona. In order to discuss the causes and consequences of the Catalonian decision, Eunice Romero, in video-conference from Barcelona, and Paolo Cossarini will present their insights into the Catalonian independentist movement and the agenda of the Spanish government.

The event is jointly organised by the Centre for the Study of International Governance (CSIG) and the Loughborough University Nationalism Network (LUNN)


Speakers’ bios:

Eunice Romero studies Nationalism, diversity and immigration from a sociological perspective. She is currently PhD candidate in the Information and Knowledge Society program and visiting researcher at Open University of Catalonia. She has been active in NGOs, government and grassroots organizations advocating for diversity in Catalonia. Her dissertation gives an intersectional ethnographic account of processes of migrant-ness and nationhood and how the two are imbricated in the construction of a sense of national belonging in Catalonia.

Paolo Cossarini holds a PhD in Political Science from the Autónoma University of Madrid (Spain). He is currently University Teacher at the Department of Politics, History, and International Relations of Loughborough University (UK). He has held visiting positions at the Institut d’Études Politiques, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris (France), and the Queen Mary University of London (UK). He was also member of the research project “The political consequences of the economic crisis” founded by the Spanish Ministry of Education. His current research focuses on protest movements, democratic theory and populism, the role of emotions in politics, as well as border and migration studies. He has published in Global Discourse, European Political Science, and Revista de Estudios Políticos, among other journals, and is co-editor of “Populism and passions: democratic legitimacy after austerity” (forthcoming by Routledge).