Budapest, Hungary

The Politics of Nationalist Mobilization

when 22 June 2020 - 26 June 2020
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 350

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, this course has been postponed to 2021.

The past decade has been marked by the return of explicitly nationalist politics. Politicians on the Left and Right have called for the strengthening of national sovereignty in order to mitigate the impact of global free trade as well as migration. As a result, scholarly interest on nationalist/populist political mobilization has exploded across many disciplines including political science, sociology and international relations.

The course provides an overview of the main topical issues and scholarly perspectives on the politics of nationalist mobilization in the contemporary word. The main aim of the course is to explore the dynamics of nationalist revival in Europe and beyond. Through the comparative analyses of different cases in and outside Europe, the course seeks to investigate the social, political and economic contextual variables that facilitate (and, indeed, hinder) nationalist mobilization. The main objective of the course is to test theories of nationalist contention in comparative analysis in order to find out when, why and how nationalist claims-making succeeds or fails. In order to complement the macro-political dimension of nationalist mobilization, the course will also incorporate bottom-up micro-sociological perspectives (everyday nationhood, national indifference) to investigate how nationalist politics impact (or fail to impact) the everyday life and behavior of citizens.

Course leader

Gezim Krasniqi, Department of Sociology, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Szabolcs Pogonyi, Nationalism Studies Program, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Target group

The course targets advanced MA and PhD students as well as young researchers with interest in contemporary issues related to migration and territorial and supra-territorial governance. The empirical sessions of the summer course are strongly comparative in their scope and multi-disciplinary in their methodology

Course aim

In order to make the learning experience as efficient as possible, we will draw on e-learning applications. Course materials will be circulated online well ahead of the course. Participants will be asked to study the readings in advance, and to outline a research idea on the questions addressed in the course. The course directors will create an e-learning discussion group to initiate interactive learning in order to facilitate an exchange of ideas even before the course starts. The e-learning feature of the course will also provide opportunities for students for follow-up conversations and networking. Participants will be asked to present their research ideas and will be encouraged to publish the papers formulated during in-class presentations and discussions. The range of expertise and perspectives represented by the faculty team offers participants a valuable opportunity to get guidance on a range of research ideas, as well as on projects combining normative theory with case study; as well as policy papers.

Credits info

1 EC
CEU Summer University awards a certificate of attendance upon successful completion of the course. In order to gain this certificate, participants will be expected to attend and actively participate in all classes and complete assignments required by the course.

Our courses offer ECTS points, which may be accepted for credit transfer by the participants' home universities. Those who wish to obtain these credits should inquire about the possible transfer at their home institution prior to their enrollment. The Summer University Office will send a transcript to those who have fulfilled all the necessary course requirements and request one.

Fee info

EUR 350: payable until May 28
EUR 300: payable until April 30


A limited number of tuition waivers will be offered on a competitive basis.