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

Joep Leerssen awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Bucharest

Joep Leerssen was awarded this honorary doctorate for his work in the area of imagology (the study of national (self)images and stereotypes) and nationalism studies.

Collective identitites PhD reading group

Collective identities play not only a crucial role in the cultural, social and political life, but also in humanities research. The aim of this reading group is to exchange and profit from the theoretical, conceptual and empirical variety provided by humanities research on various forms of collective identities (i.e. national, ethnic, regional, civilizational, artistic, imaginary, political, religious, spatial, urban etc.). Next to reading the work of renowned classic humanities scholars and cutting edge ones, the emphasis however will be on discussing draft versions of participants' own work. 

In this way, the reading group contributes both to the scope of knowledge on collective identities (given the different themes and approaches) and to the concrete applicability of this variety to one’s own research. Since many mechanisms and phenomena within collective identities (such as boundary making, stereotyping, essentialism, identification, politicization, etc.) transcend particular case studies or disciplines, scholars can benefit concretely from each other’s knowledge. 

All scholars working on collective identities – especially ReMa and PhD students – are cordially invited to participate in the reading group. The readings will be chosen and discussed within the group, reflecting on the ongoing research trajectories of the members. This reading group will take place once every six weeks, and can be joined at any time.

Date: Friday, October 17, 2014

Time: 16:30-18:30
Location: PC Hoofthuis, Spuistraat 134, Amsterdam, room 625


1)      Leerssen, J. (2006). ‘Nationalism and the cultivation of culture’, Nations and Nationalism, 12(4), 559-578.

2)      Freeden, M. (1998). ‘Is Nationalism a Distinct Ideology?’, Political Studies, 46, 748–765.

For enrolment, or any questions, please contact Josip Kesic (j.kesic@uva.nl).

SPIN-researcher Kim Simonsen awarded with Faroese Literary Award 2014

We are proud to announce that Kim Simonsen, post-doc at SPIN, was awarded the Faroese Literature Price 2014 in the category fiction for his collection of poems "Hvat hjálpur einum menniskja at vakna ein morgun hesumegin hetta áratúsundi" (2013). The judges on the collection: "Words, images and design are a part of an artistic whole, which represents the existential foundation of the persona in the collection. Travels, arrivals and departures as well as heartbreak, boredom combined with the ever-present blind chance of human biology, these forces of life no one can escape are crystallised in how the persona images the role of man and our consciousness. The poems are serious and operate with wide geographical and intertextual angles. Time and space are not fixed, only death defines a natural and endless circulation, questioning if anyone of us did leave any trace in the many billiard years lifetime of the Earth." Check out the ceremony and an interview with Simonsen for Faroese Television here.