The Loughborough University Nationalism Network (LUNN) was initiated in 2014 by the Migration Identity and the State research cluster of the Geography Department, with the sponsorship of the Communication, Culture and Citizenship Research Challenge.
Animated by about twenty scholars, housed in seven Departments across four Schools (SSPGS, SSEHS, SBE, and Arts), LUNN’s unique feature is the cross-disciplinary approachto the study of the nation(al) through sociological, psychological, geographical, organizational, literary and artistic perspectives.
LUNN aims to map the multifarious ways through which nations are made present rhetorically, practically, materially, and artistically in our societies. Rather than being by-passed by transnational, cosmopolitan or new urban forms of living, the national dimension continues to coexist with these registers, constantly adjusting itself to changing social, political and economic circumstances.
Far from being top-down constructs, nations are reproduced by ordinary people in their everyday life. Thus besides a traditional perspective which looks at the ‘when’ and ‘what’ of a nation, i.e. its historical origins and substance, LUNN advocates a more sociological account, which privileges the ‘how’ and ‘where’ of a nation, i.e. the ways and the sites in which the nation(al) is reproduced and becomes a relevant resource in people’s lives.
LUNN activities revolve around a monthly seminar series, occasional workshops and conferences, teaching activities and ad hoc editorial projects.