Nationalism, Nation-Building, and the Decline of Empires

Summer School May 22-27, 2023 | Reset Dialogue
Nationalisme, construction de la nation, et déclin des empires
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Nationalisme, construction de la nation, et déclin des empires
The 2023 Seminars “Nationalism, Nation-building and Decline of Empires” is organized by Reset DOC in partnership with the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Boston College Ireland, and the Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy at Boston College, with the support of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – French Delegation.

Through its lectures, workshops, the Seminars and Conference will seek a structural, in-depth understanding of the way wars and the collapse of empires between the 19th and 20th centuries have allowed for the formation and strengthening of national identities and narratives, as well as the self-recognition of nations emerging from such processes in the global arena. It will focus primarily on dynamics that have emerged from the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman, and Russian empires and how these have led to the reappearance of nationalism on the international stage.


The Seminars, taking the place of our former Summer School, is structured in lectures and workshops. The lectures (two) will take place each morning, from Monday to Wednesday and will be followed each afternoon by workshops.  Each student will be assigned to one workshop group.

The workshop structure will include three practical sessions followed by thematic sessions that will address the topics discussed during the lectures and throughout the week.

The practical sessions will be on the following:

  • Writing and disseminating research through sounds and images
  • Horizon Europe funding opportunities and recommendations
  • Databases as a tool for Social Sciences and Humanities. An introduction through MySQL

The practical workshops will be followed by thematic sessions in which students discuss and elaborate one specific issue of the overall topic and prepare a group presentation on the last day of the Seminars and Conference.


Presentation during the Reset DOC Seminars and attendance (40%); final paper to be submitted three weeks after the end of the summer school (60%).

Application requirements

Seminars are open to students or young scholars in the field of humanities, social and political science, or law from any background. A good working knowledge of English is required.

How to apply?

To apply, please e-mail the following to

  • A short cover letter explaining your interest in the summer school (max 300 words).
  • Your curriculum vitae.
  • A personal ID (Passport or National Identity Document).
  • References are welcome but not indispensable.

NB: In order to receive the certificate of attendance of the Summer School, attendance to all lectures, workshops, and conference is mandatory.

Grants for the seminars

Smalll grants are available to aid participation in the Seminars and Conference, however the budget is limited and grants will be issued until funds are available, depending on student CVs, cover letters, and travel distance to Dublin.

In order to receive the grant, attendance at all lessons and workshops of the Seminars, and attendance for the whole duration of the Conference is mandatory.


The GRANT will be delivered in cash on Saturday the 27th of May 2023.