Current research

Current research Three main lines of research I. The first line of research focuses on the historical processes of state-led cultural homogenisation (1789–1915). This is in line with my previous (and broader) research on the role of modernist ideologies [1] and associated practices of cultural homogenisation recurring throughout contemporary history under the umbrella of Westernising […]

A Social History of Cultural Homogenisation (1789–1915)

The historical processes of state-led cultural homogenisation (1789–1915) has been a neglected area of investigation, even though practices of cultural homogenisation recurred throughout contemporary history, mostly under the umbrella of Westernising modernity. The research takes place within the theoretical framework of ‘critical modernism’. Not to be confused with the homonymous post-modernist approach, I redefine ‘critical modernism’ as an […]

Walker Connor (1926–2017), pioneer in the study of nationalism

The death of Professor Walker Connor (1926–2017), a prominent figure inpolitical science with a vast intellectual legacy, has left a huge vacuum amongscholars of nationalism.I would first like to celebrate Walker, the man. Besides being a world-recognised authority, Walker was a generous man, always ready to helpfriends in difficulties, often involved in charitable activities, such […]

Despite the crisis: The resilience of intercultural nationalism in Catalonian

Interculturalism provides the core framework for immigration-related policies in Catalonia, while remaining deeply intertwined with Catalan nationalism. We first identify ‘intercultural nationalism’as the core doctrine through which Catalan nationalist discourse has been articulated in relation to immigration. We trace interculturalism’s origins tonationalism in Quebec and argue that, in Catalonia also, regional immigration policies have been […]

Anarchism, Modernism, and Nationalism: Futurism’s French Connections, 1876–1915

This article examines two of the most significant Italian political movements at the turn of the twentieth century—anarchism and Futurism. Although these movements shared a common vocabulary and rhetoric, they contrasted sharply in their aims and objectives. I address three interrelated questions: How were these movements and their ideologies related to, and perceived by, the ruling […]