The New Nationalism And The First World War - Now Available

The New Nationalism and the First World War, edited by Lawrence Rosenthal and Vesna Rodic (Palgrave/Macmillan Press, October 2014), examines the rise of a new form of nationalism at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries. This acrimonious new conception of the nation was tied to the vast social disruptions emerging in the urbanizing and industrializing modern world. Earlier, the ethnocentrism of imperialism had defined the "Other" outside national boundaries. Now that dialectic turned inward as well, aiming to define a collective identity by seeking an "enemy within." Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this volume examines the new conceptions of national identity present in nationalist movements across a variety of geopolitical contexts in pre-First World War years. It is dedicated to a transnational study of the features of the turn-of-the-century nationalism, their manifestations in social and political arenas and the arts and their influence on the development of the global-scale conflict that was the First World War. To read more about the book and authors, click here. To purchase a copy of the book, click here.

Celebrating Troy Duster - Conference Video Now Available

On Friday, August 15, ISSI along with the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, the UC Berkeley Department of Sociology, Berkeley Law School's Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, the Center for Genetics and Society, and Berkeley Law School's Center for the Study of Law and Society co-sponsored a conference celebrating the life and work of Troy Duster - his scholarship, public engagement, and commitment to social justice.  Professor Duster is a UC Berkeley Chancellor's Professor and Founding Director of ISSC (now ISSI). This event featured talks and reflections from many of Troy's colleagues as they discuss his scholarly influence, contributions, and the significance of his work for current and future challenges.  Video of the conference may now be viewed here.  UC News coverage of the event is available here.  A complete agenda and more information about the conference may be viewed here.