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Nationalism and the Media-Pols 5613

In this course we analyze the interaction of the mass media with different types of nationalism, nation state formation and contemporary nationalist political practice, and consider the impact of media representation on national and regional identities. The course reviews several theoretical approaches, highlighting political anthropological, historical and technological conceptualizations. Special attention is given to nationalist rituals, symbols and myths (including flag ceremonies and public commemorations), their construction and representation by mass media, and their use in political communication. We explore the historical role of the print press in the formation of modern nationalism; the media construction of Us, the Other and the Enemy; the use of gender and other problems related to nationalist propaganda; and the potentials of the media in post-conflict peacemaking and national reconciliation. We focus on case studies in the United States and selected Eastern European post-communist states.