S·P·I·N - Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms


SPIN aims to chart the cultural and historical root system of European nationalisms and to bring into focus those intellectual networks which carried and disseminated the emerging ideals of cultural nationalism in the Romantic period and in the long nineteenth century (1770-1914).

These networks and their concerns with cultural consciousness-raising should not be explained away as mere side effects or passive ‘reflections’ – either of a presumed ‘timeless’ or transhistorical nationality or ethnicity asserting itself, or else of ‘underlying’ socio-economic or political processes. They should be studied in their own right, as historical phenomena with their own causes and effects, with their own power of shaping attitudes and events, and with their own historical dynamics. The dynamics on which SPIN will focus in particular are twofold:

  • transnational (thematizing exchanges between cultural nationalisms in different areas and societies within Europe); and
  • intermedial (thematizing transfers between different cultural fields, genres and media, from language revivalism to national opera and from folklore festivals to nineteenth-century medievalism in literature and the arts).

In order to pursue this agenda, SPIN will itself work on an international and interdisciplinary basis. Its main purpose is to gather into a network scholars in different European countries and in different disciplines, and to facilitate and focus cooperation between them.

Internal documents

Click this link for a PDF brochure (4 pages, 300 kB) presenting SPIN's aims and intended activities.
Click this link for Joep Leerssen: "The Cultivation of Culture: Towards a Definition of Romantic Nationalism in Europe" (Working Paper, European Studies Amsterdam, #2, 2005).
Click "this link for a PDF list of the individuals currently selected (11 January 2011) for inclusion in Part three of the Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe.
Click here to get more background info (in FAQ form) on the ERNiE outline.