Geography and Environment


Dr Marco Antonsich PhD (Trieste, Italy), PhD (Boulder, USA)

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Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

Academic Career

2015 onwards: Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Loughborough University.
2012-2015: Lecturer in Human Geography, Loughborough University.
2011-2012: Visiting Professor, Department of International Relations and European Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.
2010: Visiting Professor, Franklin College, Lugano, Switzerland.
2007-2009: Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences University of Birmingham, UK.
1999-2003: Research Associate in Political Geography, Department of Political Science, University of Trieste, Italy.

Professional responsibilities:

2014 onwards: Convenor, Loughborough University Nationalism Network (LUNN)
2012 onwards: Editorial Board Member, Fennia. International Journal of Geography 
1993 onwards: Editorial Board Member, Limes. Rivista Italiana di Geopolitica

Situated at the complex intersection between power, territory and identity, my research has followed, in time, three major strands. In the early stages of my career, I explored the history and theory of Western geopolitical thought, studying in particular the U.S. geopolitical production of the 1940s and, more broadly, the Italian geopolitical tradition. Following this latter interest, I also investigated the colonial project of Fascist Italy in Ethiopia, analysing the ways in which Mussolini’s regime attempted to ‘write’ concepts of progress, order, hierarchy, and racial segregation on the Ethiopian urban/land-scape.

A second strand of my research, which originates from my second PhD thesis (University of Colorado at Boulder), relates more directly to the notion of territorial identities. In an epoch of rescaling of state powers and modes of economic production, my major research question aimed to understand whether or not a similar rescaling was also taking place with regard to traditional forms of collective identities (local, regional, national, and European) and to scrutinize their meanings.

My third and current research strand focuses on how ‘living together in diversity’ is imagined, narrated, organized, justified, and practiced within contemporary multicultural societies. As part of this broad research endeavour, I am interested in the re-making of national identities facing the increasing ethno-cultural diversity of national societies. My present research, supported by a FP7- Marie Curie CIG grant (PCIG13-GA-2013-618470), focuses on Italy and the ‘New Italians’.

I am the convenor of the Loughborough University Nationalism Network (LUNN)

My teaching brings together my interest in the geographies of power, territory, identity and nationalism.

Current postgraduate research students

  • Panagiota Sotiropoulou: Examining pre-service elementary school teachers’ attitudes towards immigrant students in Greece.
  • Leila Wilmers: Negotiating diversity in Russian national identity

Recent postgraduate research students

  • Thanachate Wisaijorn (2018): Beyond the territorial trap in International Relations: the transnationalism of the peoples in the Thai-Lao borderlands after the end of the Cold War.
  • Antonsich, M. (2018) The face of the nation. Troubling the sameness-strangeness divide in the age of migration Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
  • Antonsich, M. (2018) Living in diversity: going beyond the local/national divide, Political Geography 63, 1-9
  • Skey, M. and Antonsich, M. (eds) (2017) Everyday nationhood. Theorising Culture, Identity and Belonging after Banal Nationalism. London: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Antonsich, M. andSkey, M. (2016) Affective nationalism: Issues of power, agency and method. Progress in Human Geography DOI: 10.1177/0309132516665279
  • Antonsich, M. (2016) The neoliberal culturalist nation: voices from Italy. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 41(4): 490-502.
  • Antonsich, M. (2016) The ‘everyday’of banal nationalism – ordinary people's views on Italy and Italian. Political Geography, 54: 32-42.
  • Antonsich, M. (2016) International migration and the rise of the ‘civil’ nation. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 42(11): 1790-1807
  • Matejskova, T. and Antonsich, M. (eds.) (2015) Governing through diversity: Migration societies in the post-multiculturalist age. London: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Antonsich, M. and Matejskova, T. (2015) Immigration Societies and the Question of ‘the National'. Ethnicities, 15(4), pp. 495–508.
  • Antonsich, M. and Holland, T. (2014)Territorial attachment in the age of globalization – the case of Western Europe. European Urban and Regional Studies, 21(2), pp. 206–221.