Thesis Eleven Public Lecture: Craig Calhoun

‘The Future of Nations: Anxieties about Voice and Belonging to a Global World’

The Thesis Eleven Centre presents a public lecture by Professor Craig Calhoun.


6pm to 7:30pm, Wednesday the 17th of May

Rooms 2.10/2.11, 2nd Floor

La Trobe University City Campus, 360 Collins St

This is a free event. All welcome (Please RSVP below)

‘The Future of Nations: Anxieties about Voice and Belonging to a Global World’

In an era of globalization, it has been common to assert that nations and nation-states will lose significance and perhaps even fade away. Observers have accordingly been surprised by the renewal of nationalist politics around the world. But in fact, nation-states are still of enormous practical influence, and socio-cultural nations are basic to the way they work. Nations are also important to the identities of individuals and to projects of social cohesion. Nationalism need not always be belligerent or oppressive but for the foreseeable future it will remain important, influencing both domestic politics and international relations. The key question is not whether nations have a future, but whether in the future nations and national politics can be organized for greater global cooperation, and better domestic integration.

Craig Calhoun is President of the Los Angeles-based Berggruen Institute, which works globally to advance cross-cultural understanding, improve governance, and deepen knowledge of great transformations shaping the human future. Calhoun was previously Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he remains Centennial Professor and before that President of the New York-based Social Science Research Council (SSRC), and University Professor of Social Sciences and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU. His books have been translated into 18 languages and include Does Capitalism Have a Future? (2013), The Roots of Radicalism (2012), and Nations Matter (2007), which predicted rising nationalist and populist challenges to cosmopolitanism grounded in a highly unequal global economy.

Professor Calhoun’s visit to La Trobe is part of the 50th anniversary celebrations and is jointly sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor, The College for the Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce, and the Thesis Eleven Centre.

Professor Calhoun’s other public events in Melbourne include:

Monday 15th of May

Is there anything left after global spectacles and local events? Craig Calhoun, Peter Beilharz and Nikos Papastergiadis in conversation

Tuesday 16th of May

Craig Calhoun Public Lecture at La Trobe University ‘Populism, Polarization, and Democracy’

Wednesday 17th of May

Q and A with Craig Calhoun: A life in social and political theory 


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