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Full Title: Nation, Nationality, Nationhood: What’s in a Name?

Location: Tirana, Albania
Start Date: 02-May-2013 - 04-May-2013
Contact: Dr. Armela Panajoti
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.assenglish.org/nation/
Meeting Description: Often defined in terms of commonness of culture, language, history, ethnicity, religion and spirit, the terms nation, nationhood, nationality seem to have become distant at a time when globalization, multiculturalism, intercultural or cross-cultural communication define the way we live with respect to ourselves, the others and the environment on the whole.

Although the terms are commonly used and defined by those who work in the field of Political Science, still they have been employed and have found expression in art, literature, history, sociology and many other social and cultural disciplines. The terms have usually become more emphatic in times of hardships for a country, especially during foreign invasion. Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori once summoned together people of different age and background to defend one's country and culture.

Despite this, this sense of commonness as defined above is hard to maintain in present day society, when social, economic, demographic, technological and other developments take place in an eye shut. The exchange of cultures, the erasure of borders and boundaries have given way to a globalized world in which all cultures negotiate. Thus, in the present society a new feeling of commonness appears to define nation, nationality and nationhood.

We invite scholars to join us in the reconsideration of these concepts and hope to provide an intriguing ground for new perspectives and definitions of these concepts in the twenty-first century context.
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Translation
LL Issue: 23.4328

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