"To keep alive the emigrants' affection for the home country": State-driven diaspora politics in early 20th century Southeastern Europe

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Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Wednesday, November 8, 201710:00AM - 12:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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At the end of the nineteenth century, large parts of Southeastern Europe began to see massive emigration to North America and other overseas destinations. At a time of intense nation-building, governments in the region could hardly ignore the fact that so many of their citizens were leaving. On the other hand, some of them discovered the usefulness of emigration for fostering nation-building. In my talk, I will discuss the emerging politics of diaspora, focussing on three case studies (Kingdom of Hungary, Greece, and interwar Yugoslavia). These efforts to project symbolic sovereignty across the Atlantic can elucidate new visions of the nation and its relation to territory, and heralded new forms of governmentality.

Dr. Ulf Brunnbauer is director of the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies and chair of Southeast and East European History at the University of Regensburg.


Katia Malyuzhinets

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Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


Bulgarian Studies


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