Language, Culture and
Identity around the Caspian (and beyond): Local, regional and
sub-national perspectives in nation-building

We are currently
preparing an edited volume on local, regional and sub-national
perspectives in nation-building processes in the Caspian region and
beyond. We are looking for 2-3 additional contributions on specific
country case studies for Afghanistan,

contributions should aim to
probe the
extent to which nation-building policies put forward by ruling elites
have resonated, been understood and contested by their intended
audiences. This can be related to nation-building policies, projects
and discourses broadly conceived around the themes of culture,
language and identity. Existing accounts of nation-building tend to
neglect local realities, and the way nation-building is lived through
by locals at the everyday level, or by those policy-takers that
apparently have no voice in the political process. In contrast, our
book documents the way micro-actors dialogue with macro ones at
different levels (e.g. national, sub-national, regional) and through
a dialogical process renegotiate nationalising policies, discourses
and values. Case studies, therefore, should aim to contribute to this
approach in empirical terms and theoretically by engaging with the
literature on nation-building, nationalism and identity.
Contributions are welcome from across social science disciplines.

Editors are: Rico Isaacs (Oxford Brookes University) and
Abel Polese (Dublin City University/Tallinn University)

We are
available to discuss informally at the e-mail address below.
Otherwise please send a 300 word abstract and short bio
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Deadline for abstracts is
18th October 2013.