Professor Josep Termes passes away on September 9th, 2011


Josep Termes i Ardèvol, member of AENI’s advisory board, passed away on September 9th at 75 years old. Termes was born in Barcelona in 1936. He studied pharmacy and liberal arts. He obtained his PhD in History from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Termes committed his academic life to the study of Catalanism. One of his academic contributions was to show how Catalan nationalism had working-class roots, which challenged the Marxist theory that considered Catalanism an invention of the bourgeoisie.

AENI wants to send its condolences to his family and friends, and wishes to share with the international academic community the news of his passing.


Call for papers. Living together ‘in’ diversity. National societies in the multicultural age

Central European University, Budapest, 21-22 May 2012

Contemporary European societies have been recently characterized as having entered the age of ‘super-diversity’. Migratory flows in particular have contributed to this transformation, due to the heterogeneous ethno-cultural, and religious background of present migrants, as well as their social status, age, and mobility patterns. Among the effects this transformation has brought about is the increased challenge posed to the constitutive principle of the nation-state, i.e., the assumption that identity (nation) and politics (state) can and should be mutually constituent and spatially congruent. Thus, unsurprisingly, many states have started perceiving diversity as a ‘problem’, potentially threatening national unity, while anti-immigration and xenophobic attitudes have experienced a rapid surge.

Existing scholarship has offered insightful critical analyses of this ‘backlash against diversity’, documenting the rise of repressive state measures designed to limit access of new migrants to the national territory and citizenship. Other scholars have instead moved away from the idea of the nation-state, proposing either post-national solutions, which decouple the cultural (nation) from the political (state), or transnational paradigms, which implicitly discard the focus on the nation-state as not only obsolete but also politically questionable. Yet, despite important insights from this scholarship, social and political life continues to remain largely structured by discourses, resources and institutions articulated at the national scale.


It is therefore the aim of the proposed conference to explore how ‘living together in diversity’ is imagined, narrated, organized, justified, and practiced within contemporary national societies. With the stress on ‘in’ rather than ‘with’ diversity we want to move away from reifying the dominant ‘majority’ society perspective, which assumes diversity as something ‘carried’ solely by immigrants and something that the ‘native’ society has to cope with. Some of the questions that we are interested in are:

– What makes multicultural societies circumscribed by state borders cohere together?
– What are the ways in which the nation becomes re-signified to accommodate the ethno-cultural diversity of its populace?
– How do migrants position themselves in national narratives and political structures?
– What alternative modes and models of belonging are at work within present national societies?
– In which ways does the national continue to feature as a site of attachment?
– Is it necessary to have some form of common identification at the national scale to have functioning states in the first place?

Although we acknowledge that these questions are inescapably normative in character, we particularly welcome empirically-informed work. The privileged level of analysis we are interested in is the national scale, but papers focusing on sub-national and supra-national scales can also be welcomed inasmuch as they can offer insights regarding how living together in diversity works at the national scale. Regionally, the conference will focus on Europe, but contributions discussing other geographical contexts are also welcomed.


All potential participants are invited to submit an abstract (250-300 words) to Tatiana Matejskova ( by December 31st, 2011. By January 31st, 2012 participants will be informed about the acceptance of their papers. Confirmation of participation and payment of the conference fee will be due on February 28th, 2012. The conference fee of 60 Euros will cover refreshments, lunches and conference materials.


One of the most immediate outcomes of the conference is the publication of a selection of papers in form of both an edited book with a major publishing company and a special issue to be submitted to a leading cross-disciplinary international journal. On the longer term, the conference also aims to consolidate the collaboration among the participants in form of a cross-disciplinary research network, which might lead to collective research projects to be funded by the EU and other external bodies.


The Central European University is located in the historic centre of Budapest (Nador utca, 9 – 1051 Budapest). Accomodation will be available at several hotels in the vicinity of the CEU at a discount price (e.g. 50-80 Euros/night for a 3* hotel; 60-110 Euros/night for a 4* hotel, for single rooms). Cheaper accomodation can also be available at the CEU dormitory (single and double rooms available). Budapest can be reached, among others, by train ( and air ( Participants might also consider Vienna’s airport, which is connected to Budapest by bus and train (travelling time about 3 hours).


The Conference is sponsored by the following CEU departments and academic units:
– Department of International Relations and European Studies
– Department of Sociology and Anthropology
– Nationalism Studies Program
– Center for Policy Studies
– Center for Environment and Security


For any further information please feel free to contact the main organizers:

Dr. Marco Antonsich
Department of International Relations and European Studies
Central European University
Nador utca, 9
1051 Budapest
Tel.: +36-1-327-3017
Fax: +36-1-327-3243

Dr. Tatiana Matejskova
Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology
Central European University
Zrinyi utca, 14
1051, Budapest
Tel: +36-1-327-3000/2327
Fax: +36-1-328-3501

Nou exemplar de “The Ruritanian”

Aquí teniu l’exemplar d’estiu del newsletter de l’ASEN, The Ruritanian, que correspon a l’estiu del 2011.

Vídeos del seminari “Les petites nacions en un context de crisi. Buscant la sortida”

El seminari “Les petites nacions en un context de crisi. Buscant la sortida” fou una de les activitats importants promogudes per la Fundació CatDem i l’AENI just abans de l’estiu. Ara us oferim els enllaços als vídeos de totes les sessions mitjançant els quals es pot seguir íntegrament el contingut de l’esmentada trobada acadèmica. Els trobareu al canal de Youtube de la UOC.

Vídeos de les conferències:Sessió inaugural a càrrec de la Dra. Imma Tubella, rectora Mgfca. de la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya i del Dr. Agustí Colomines, director dels Estudis d’Arts i Humanitats de la UOCConferència inaugural “La sortida catalana de la crisi” a càrrec del Molt Hble. Sr. Artur Mas, president de la Generalitat de Catalunya

Irlanda. La caiguda i la recuperació del Tigre Celta
-Intervenció del Sr. Dick Roche, ex ministre per a Afers Europeus, Irlanda
-Intervenció del Sr. Amadeu Altafaj, portaveu d’Afers Econòmics i Monetaris de la Comissió Europea
-Debat amb els ponents moderat per la Dra. Irene Boada, Queen’s University

Grècia. Despesa i endeutament públics

-Intervenció de la Dra. Miranda Xafa, estrateg d’inversió de IJ Partners, exdirectora executiva suplent de la Junta Directiva del Fons Monetari Internacional i ex assessora econòmica del Govern grec
-Intervenció del Sr. Phillip Ammerman, cofundador i director gerent de Navigator Consulting Group Ltd.
-Debat amb els ponents moderat pel Dr. Agustí Colomines, director de la Fundació CatDem

Catalunya. Nous factors de reactivació econòmica
-Intervenció del Dr. Antoni Castells, catedràtic d’Economia a la UB i exconseller d’Economia de la Generalitat de Catalunya.
-Intervenció de la Dra. Muriel Casals, professora del Departament d’Economia i d’Història Econòmica de la UAB i presidenta d’Òmnium Cultural.
-Intervenció de la Dra. Ada Ferrer Carbonell, Institut d’Anàlisi Econòmica – CSIC i Barcelona GSE.
-Intervenció del Sr. Heribert Padrol, exinspector de finances de l’Estat i advocat. Soci responsable de l’Àrea Fiscal a Gómez-Acebo & Pombo.
-Debat amb els ponents moderat per la Dra. Maria Àngels Fitó, directora dels Estudis d’Economia i Empresa, UOC

Conferència pública: La mida de les nacions evita la crisi?
-Intervenció del Dr. Enrico Spolaore, coautor del llibre La mida de les nacions; catedràtic d’Economia a la Universitat de Tufts.
-Intervenció del Dr. Guillem López Casasnovas, catedràtic d’Economia de la Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
-Debat amb els ponents moderat per la Sra. Roser Clavell, secretària general del Patronat Catalunya Món

Països Bàltics. Devaluació interna
-Intervenció del Sr. Morten Hansen, Stockholm School of Economics de Riga
-Intervenció del Sr. Edward Hugh, macroeconomista
-Intervenció del Dr. Raul Eamets, professor de macroeconomia a la Universitat de Tartu, Estònia
-Debat amb els ponents presentat pel Dr. Iván Serrano Balaguer, IN3, UOC

Finlàndia, l’aposta pel coneixement

-Intervenció del Sr. Pekka Ylä-Anttila, Institut de Recerca de l’Economia Finlandesa (ETLA)
-Intervenció del Sr. Carles Sumarroca, president de FemCAT
-Debat amb els ponents moderat pel Dr. Agustí Colomines, director de la Fundació CatDem

Conferència pública: La crisi des de la perspectiva macroeconòmica
-Intervenció del Dr. Jaume Ventura, Centre de Recerca en Economia Internacional (CREI) i Barcelona GSE.
-Intervenció del Dr. Diego Rodríguez-Palenzuela, cap de la Divisió de Mercat de Capitals del Banc Central Europeu.
-Debat amb els ponents moderat per la Dra. Clara Ponsatí, directora de l’Institut d’Anàlisi Econòmica (IAE-CSIC i Barcelona GSE)