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Associate Professor Jonathan Githens-Mazer

Research Interests

My research has two main focuses. I have an interest in theories of nationalism, particularly ethno-symbolic approaches to nationalism, and how nationalist movements constitute a sustained form of contentious politics. I am keen to further the 'fleshing out' of ethno-symbolism - examining the mechanisms and processes which help to explain how national myths, memories and symbols may be understood to ‘resonate" amongst members of the nation, and how they can subsequently serve as a basis for nationalist mobilisation. I am also interested in moments when national myths, memories and symbols lead to popular changes in perspectives on the role of the nation, potentially helping to explain transformations in popular support from moderate and constitutional to radical and/or violent nationalisms. My first book, Myths and Memories of the Easter Rising has provided the foundation for my latest research, which compares the radicalisation of nationalism in the Irish (1916) and Algerian (1955) cases.

My latest research examines 'radicalisation', particularly in relation to myths, memories and symbols of the past. My ESRC funded project (Cultures of Repression), examines how colonial violence and repression contributes to narratives of radicalisation amongst North African immigrants and inidividuals of North African descent in Britain, France and Spain. In this research, I am also interested in methodologically separating issues of 'causation' (why radicalisation happens) from 'recuitment' (how inidividuals are recruited to participate in this form of political violence).

Research Supervision

Theories of nationalism,

ethno-symbolist approaches to nationalism
ethnic conflict
national myths, memories and symbols
nationalist mobilisation

Irish nationalism
Algerian nationalism