[Apr 12] Rotary Peace Seminar: Contemporary warfare and the decline of nationalism?

ICU Rotary Peace Center is organizing a Peace Seminar inviting Prof. John Hutchinson, LSE, as follows.  We look forward to many of your participation.

Rotary Peace Seminar: “Contemporary warfare and the decline of nationalism?”

– Speaker: Prof. John Hutchinson, London School of Economics

– Date: April 12th, Thursday

– Time: 16:30 – 17:40

–  Place:   Room #H-314, the 3rd floor of University Hall  (http://www.icu.ac.jp/en/about/campus/index.html   *#1 on this map)


Many theorists have argued that global processes are transforming the nature of war which in turn has led to the decline of the nation-state. Underpinning these arguments is the belief that interstate war has traditionally been central to the formation of and reinforcement of nation state loyalties. Much of the analysis turns on the memory of two world wars, a shift from conscription armies in favour professional armies, and the decline of Clausewitzian interstate wars in favour of wars of choice and ‘new wars’. These, it argued, have undermined both state- and nation-formation and are accompanied by a post-heroic conception of war that focuses on victims rather a celebration of martial heroism. I will argue that while the nature of war is undoubtedly changing, there is little evidence that this is fundamentally eroding attachments to the nation state.

Professor John Hutchinson, is Associate Professor (Reader) at the London School of Economics. He has authored and edited ten books in the field of Nationalism, including The Dynamics of Cultural Nationalism, Modern Nationalism and Nations as Zones of Conflict. His latest book, Nationalism and War, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017.  He is Vice-President of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism and Co- Editor-in-Chief of Nations and Nationalism.