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Nations and Nationalisms: Theories, Practices and Methods

International Postgraduate Conference, 10-11 September 2018

The Loughborough University Nationalism Network (LUNN), in collaboration with the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN), are organising an international conference dedicated to postgraduate students (Master and PhD) interested in theories, practices and methods of nations and nationalism studies.

While postgraduate conferences are usually discipline-specific, the present conference aims to be multi-disciplinary, inviting postgraduate students belonging to different disciplines (e.g. Geography, Sociology, Psychology, History, Politics, Arts, English and Drama) to discuss ideas, theories and methods related to their common research focus on nations and nationalisms. The conference will allow students to share their research projects among a multi-disciplinary audience as a way to encourage and generate intellectual exchange and cross-fertilization of ideas.

This is a two-day conference, with postgraduate students presenting their work in sessions chaired by LUNN members, who will also act as discussants.

If you would like to present, please click the button below and complete the form to submit an abstract of max 250 words by 13 April 2018. 


The conference will feature two prominent keynote speakers:

Professor John Breuilly  (London School of Economics)

Professor Siniša Malešević (University College Dublin)


A roundtable with LUNN members listed below will also offer additional reflections on theories and methods for the study of nations and nationalism. 

Dr Marco Antonsich  (Loughborough University, Department of Geography)

Professor Alan Bairner  (Loughborough University, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)

Dr Elizabeth Mavroudi  (Loughborough University, Department of Geography)

Professor Sabina Mihelj (Loughborough University, Department of Social Sciences)

Dr Michael Skey (Loughborough University, Department of Social Sciences)

Please mark these dates on your calendar.

Abstract submission deadline   13 April 2018
Notification of abstract acceptance  By 30 April 2018
Registration deadline 20 May 2018
Conference dates 10-11 September 2018

Travelling by train: Loughborough is approximately a 90-minute train journey from London, an hour from Birmingham, or two hours from Manchester or Leeds. Direct trains to Loughborough depart from London St Pancras, Nottingham, Derby, Sheffield, and York. A shuttle bus service from Loughborough rail station to the university runs throughout the year.

Travelling by air: The nearest airport is East Midlands. The yellow Skylink bus service from the airport to Leicester goes right through the centre of Loughborough. Buses depart every 20-30 minutes during the day from stand D outside the airport arrivals hall.

Travelling by car: Loughborough University is two miles from junction 23 on the M1. The University is clearly signposted on all other main routes. Car parking on campus can be difficult so you may wish to leave your car at your hotel or the station and get public transport to campus.

Accommodation at Loughborough University

Accommodation in the town

There is a good range of accommodation suitable for different budgets in the town

**Other hotels are available, including links to these hotels does not consitute an endorsement on the part of the organisers


The registration page will be open soon. Please bookmark this page to check for the latest updates.

  • Conference fee £40
  • Social dinner (optional) £15 (Venue TBC)

The conference fee includes:

  • Attendance fee
  • Conference materials
  • Refreshments 
  • Lunch on each day of the conference 

The optional social dinner will be held on 10 September 2018 at a local restaurant in Loughborough. 

**The full programme will be available here in due course**

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Dr Marco Antonsich, LUNN convenor, at m.antonsich@lboro.ac.uk