Nationalism, Netizens, and Social Media in a Comparative Global Context

07 December 2018

About the Workshop

Bushuis, University of Amsterdam
07 December 2018
10:00 am - 18:00 am

Organizer and contact person: Dr. Krisztina Lajosi, European Studies, UvA

This workshop will examine and discuss the interactions between the global upsurge of nationalism and social media. Thanks to a Cutting Edge grant from the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research (AIHR) and funding from the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational, and European Studies (ARTES), the workshop will bring together an international group of experts on nationalism and digital culture in Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, China, India, the Middle East, and Latin America. 


We will explore nationalism from a global and comparative perspective and consider the various forms of political mobilization, propaganda, and protest that are propelled by the use of social media. How do social media challenge and reconfigure the sense of nationhood? How do conspiracy theories spread through social media, and what are their effects in various national cultures? How have social media become a forum for international (right-wing) political activism, and how are online groups connected to strongman politicians? How is national identity represented in cyberspace, and how do algorithms affect our sense of nationhood?





























16:10 - 16:30


16:30 - 17:00


Welcome and introduction: Krisztina Lajosi and Pál Nyíri

Carly Machado: “Brazil above Everything, God above Everyone”: Evangelicals, Social Media, and Nationalism in Brazil’s 2018 Presidential Election

Janroj Yilmaz Keles: Nationalism, Digital Authoritarianism and Symbolic Violence in Turkey

Margit Feischmidt: Spectacularization and Normalization of the Extreme. The Role of Media in the Construction of Fears and Threats in a Hungarian Border Village




Amr Hamzawy: Social Media and Political Activism in Today’s Egypt

Sriram Mohan: Dreaming of #DravidaNadu: Subnationalism and Social Media in Southern India



Florian Schneider: China’s User-Generated Nationalism

Samuel Greene: Russian Separatists in the Donbas



Cathrine Thorleifsson: Defending the Endangered Nation: Nordic Netizens and the Redrawing of National Boundaries in the Age of Migration

Damien Stankiewicz: On Far-Right Media in France: Three Lessons from La Taverne des Patriotes




DINNER in La Mappa (Nes 59) 



Proud to bring speakers from across the globe

Dr. Margit Feischmidt (Hungary, Hungarian Academy of Science, Budapest and Pécs University) - 


Dr. Feischmidt is an outstanding expert on migration and neo-nationalism with a particular focus on Eastern Central Europe. Her research explores right-wing extremism, interethnic relations, memory politics, and identity politics. She is the author of many acclaimed publications about the rise of the far right as a global societal challenge, and about the representation of historical traumas in current nationalist discourse. Her latest work focuses on the refugee crisis and its impact on the upsurge of nationalism and the opposing network of anti-nationalist activism.

Dr. Samuel Greene (UK, King’s College London) - 


Dr. Greene is Director of the Russia Institute at King`s College London and senior lecturer in Russian politics. Prior to moving to London in 2012, he lived and worked in Moscow for 13 years, most recently as director of the Centre for the Study of New Media & Society at the New Economic School, and as deputy director of the Carnegie Moscow Center. His book,Moscow in Movement: Power & Opposition in Putin`s Russia, was published in August 2014 by Stanford University Press. He holds a PhD in political sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Dr. Amr Hamzawy (USA, Stanford University) - 


Dr. Hamzawy studied political science and developmental studies at Cairo University and the Freie Universität Berlin, and Development Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. He was previously an associate professor of political science at Cairo University and a professor of public policy at the American University in Cairo. Between 2016 and 2017, he served as a senior fellow in the Middle East program and the Democracy and Rule of Law program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, DC. His research focuses on democratization processes in Egypt, tensions between freedom and repression in the Egyptian public space, political movements and civil society in Egypt, contemporary debates in Arab political thought, and human rights and governance in the Arab world. Dr. Hamzawy is currently doing research at  the Wissenschafstkolleg in Berlin.

Dr. Joke Hermes (Netherlands, University of Amsterdam) - 


Dr. Hermes is a professor of practice-based research in Media, Culture and Citizenship at Inholland University (Netherlands) and a lecturer in Television and Cross-Media at theUniversity of Amsterdam. She studied political science in the University of Amsterdam and completed her doctorate with a dissertation on the reading of women’s magazines. Her expertise lies in the area of qualitative research, citizenship and popular culture. Joke Hermes is the founder and editor of the international journal European Journal of Cultural Studies. Her work on popular culture and gender, emotion practices, television audiences, internet communities and cultural citizenship, among other subject areas, has been widely published.

Dr. Janroj Yilmaz Keles (UK, Middlesex University, London) - 


Dr. Keles is a research fellow at Middlesex University, with interests in migration, stateless diaspora, transnational political activism, ethnicity, representation, media, nationalism and ethno-nationalist conflict. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology and Communications from Brunel University. His PhD thesis “Media, Diaspora and Conflict: Nationalism and Identity among Kurdish and Turkish Migrants in Europe” analyses mass communication, national-ethnic identity, multiple belonging and inter-group relations within diasporic and/or transnational settings. Dr. Keles has been awarded a pilot research grant for a study on “Transnational Entrepreneurship, Identity and Politics.” He has also been awarded a research grant for a study on “migration, transnational mobility and digital networking.”

Dr. Krisztina Lajosi (Netherlands, University of Amsterdam) - 


Dr. Lajosi is Senior Lecturer at the University of Amsterdam. Her main research area is nationalism and transnationalism studies, with a special focus on the intersections between the history of culture, media, and political thought. Her book Staging the Nation: Opera and Nationalism in 19th-Century Hungary (Brill, 2018) examines the role of opera as a social medium in the formation of the Hungarian nation. She has also explored cultural sociability and national mobilization in Choral Societies and Nationalism in Europe (Brill, 2015). From 2011-2016 she was the leader of a research project funded by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW) on “National Music and Cultural Transfer in Europe.” Her current research explores the ways in which global conspiracy theories influence local nationalist movements.

Dr. Carly Machado (Brazil, Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro) -


Dr. Machado teaches anthropology at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro. Her research combines religion, public sphere, media and technology in an interdisciplinary perspective. She studied psychology and communication, and received her Ph.D. in social sciences at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (2006). She was a visiting scholar at the University of Amsterdam and completed a post-doc fellowship at the McMaster University in Canada. Her current research project focus on the issues of religion, media and politics in the urban peripheries of Rio de Janeiro.

Sriram Mohan, MA (USA, University of Michigan) - 


Sriram Mohan is a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan. His research revolves around digital media, cultural politics, and technology use in South Asian contexts. His work 

has appeared in journals like Television & New Media and International Journal of Communication. He is also the co-author of an edited volume titled Global Digital Cultures: Perspectives from South Asia (forthcoming, University of Michigan Press). Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Mohan was involved in the research, design, and development of two digital archives – “Remembering 1992” and “Mill Mumbai” – at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India.

Prof. dr. Pál Nyíri (Netherlands, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) - 


Professor Nyíri holds the chair of Global History at Amsterdam’s Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He pursued undergraduate studies of chemistry in Moscow, Budapest, and New Jersey, followed by graduate training in Asian studies in Oregon. He also had research fellowships in Oxford, Budapest, and Berlin, and has taught at Macquarie University in Sydney. His research area includes human mobility (particularly migration) and the cultural politics surrounding its management and containment. He is especially interested in Chinese nationalism, the politics of immigration in Eastern Europe, and comparative approaches to Eastern Europe and China.

Dr. Florian Schneider (Netherlands, Leiden University) - 


Florian Schneider is Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Area Studies, Leiden University. His latest project is “Digital nationalism in China: Sino-Japanese history in online networks.” His research interests include questions of governance and public administration in the PRC, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, political communication strategies, and the political content of popular Chinese entertainment, recent Chinese economic developments, as well as Chinese foreign policy. He is also managing editor of the academic journal Asiascape: Digital Asia.

Dr. Damien Stankiewicz (USA, Temple University, Philadelphia) - 


Dr. Stankiewicz is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Temple University, in Philadelphia. He holds a BA from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from New York University. Damien's research examines ongoing mutations of national and trans-national identity in Western Europe, and especially France and Germany. As a visual anthropologist and anthropologist of media, his research focuses especially on the role that mass media play in (re)configurations of belonging and “culture,” as the nation-state vacillates between Europeanization, globalization, and reconsolidation. His first book, Europe Un-Imagined: Nation and Culture at a French-German Television Channel (University of Toronto Press, 2017) examines how staff at ARTE – a self-consciously transnational television channel – go about crafting media intended to promulgate a trans-border European culture. His second project, consisting of both offline and online ethnography, focuses on how partisans of the alt- and far-right in France engage with digital and social media.


Dr. Cathrine Thorleifsson (Norway, University of Oslo) – 


Dr. Thorleifsson is a researcher at the Centre for Research on Extremism at the University of Oslo. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (2012). Her chief theoretical interests lie in the study of nationalism, migration, borders, and xenophobia. Her postdoctoral project “Nationalist responses to the crisis in Europe: old and new hatreds” examines the rise and character of neo-nationalism in contemporary Europe. Through multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork in Norway, England, and Hungary amongst the supporters of populist radical right parties, the project explores how various material conditions, socio-cultural contexts, and historical events inform xenophobia and intolerance.

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