Marco Antonsich

Dr Marco Antonsich

PhD (Trieste, Italy), PhD (Boulder, USA)

  • 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

Situated at the complex intersection between power, territory and identity, his research has followed, in time, three major strands. In the early stages of his 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, he 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 his research, which originates from his 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, his 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.

His 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, he is interested in the re-making of national identities facing the increasing ethno-cultural diversity of national societies. His present research, supported by a FP7- Marie Curie CIG grant (PCIG13-GA-2013-618470), focuses on Italy and the ‘New Italians’.

Marco is the convenor of the Loughborough University Nationalism Network (LUNN) .

Marco's teaching brings together his interest in the geographies of power, territory, identity and nationalism.

Recent postgraduate research students

  • Panagiota Sotiropoulou (2019): Examining pre-service elementary school teachers’ attitudes towards immigrant students in Greece.
  • Leila Wilmers (2020): Nationalism as an engaged ideology: Negotiating dilemmas of national continuity in Russia
  • 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.

Selected publications

  • 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.