Through an investigation and comparison of three empirical cases; Northeast India, Cyprus and the Basque country, this project explores the changing conditions and spaces for exercising and demanding sovereignty in the contemporary world, and how sovereignty is imagined under these conditions.
Drawing on anthropological perspectives, sovereignty is understood as imagined in similar ways as the ‘imagined communities’ that make up the ‘people’ of sovereignty demands. The project highlights how sovereignty is context-dependent and historically constructed, asking the following key questions:
- How do changing practices of governance and new means of contestation affect the claims made by states and their contenders in conflicts over sovereignty?
- How is the evolving global or transnational order reflected in everyday contestations and struggles over sovereignty?
- How do sovereignty practices affect the course of conflict, including negotiations to end conflict?
The project explores how sovereignty is imagined and debated in different socio-cultural and political contexts, examining how conflicts over identity (e.g. indigeneity, ethnicity, nationhood) and governance differ in the ways in which key actors and their constituencies draw on culturally shaped notions of identity, territoriality and legitimacy in their imagining of different ‘sovereign’ futures, despite having basic ideas of statehood and global influences in common. The project thus aims to shed new light on the changing nature of conflicts over public authority, political representation, citizenship rights, and territoriality in a globalizing world.
Partners in this project are the International Catalan Institute for Peace (Institut Català Internacional per la Pau) and Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development (OKDISCD).
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Peer-reviewed Journal Article
Fangen , Katrine & Åshild Kolås (2016) The “Syria traveller”: Reintegration or legal sanctioning?, Critical Studies on Terrorism. DOI: 10.1080/17539153.2016.1192260: 1–19.
Kolås, Åshild (2015) Framing the tribal: Ethnic violence in Northeast India, Asian Ethnicity. DOI: 10.1080/14631369.2015.1062050 : 1–16.
Bryant, Rebecca (2014) Living with Liminality: De Facto States on the Threshold of the Global, Brown Journal of World Affairs 20(2): 125–143.
Deka, Arunima (2013) Indigenous People and the International Discourse: Issues and Debates, Journal of Humanities and Social Science (IOSR-JHSS) 17(1): 87–99.
Kolås, Åshild (2013) Indigenous Rights, Sovereignty and Resource Governance in the Arctic, Strategic Analysis 37(4): 499–504.
Kolås, Åshild (2016) Sovereignty at the Frontiers: Contests and Contradictions, in Dilip Gogoi, ed., Unheeded Hinterland: Identity and Sovereignty In Northeast India. New Delhi: Routledge India (17–29).
Tunander, Ola (2014) Diskurs, identitet och territorialitet: Kjellens tankar om ett europeisk statsfôrbund [Discourse, identity and territoriality: Kjellen's thoughts on a union of European states], in Edstrôm, Bert; Ragnar Bjôrk; & Thomas Lunden, eds, Rudolf Kjellen. Geopolitiken Och Konservatismen. Stockholm: Hjalmarson & Högberg (203-223).
Ibarra Güell, Pedro; & Åshild Kolås, eds, (2016) Basque Nationhood: Towards a Democratic Scenario. Oxford: Peter Lang. Nationalisms Across the Globe.
Non-refereed Journal Article
Baruah, Sanjib (2016) Naga peace: Road ahead still uncertain, The Seminar 677: 64–68.
Kolås, Åshild (2015) Sovereignty revisited: The Basque case, presented at International Workshop on ‘A Multidisciplinary Approach to Processes of Sovereignty Construction: The Basque Case’, Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law (IISL), 14–15 May 2015.
Tunander, Ola (2014) Rudolf Kjellen and the Birth of Geopolitics: A Geopolitical Scholar of the First World War, presented at The International Studies Association Annual Convention, Toronto, 26 March 2014.
Kolås, Åshild (2015) Review of The Arctic Contested, in International Affairs 91(2): 423–424.
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- Fri, 27 May 2016 13:00-19:00 - Sovereignty, Subs and PSYOPs
- 09 - 10 Oct 2015 - The Everyday Lives of Sovereignty
- Thu, 14 May 2015 - A Multidisciplinary Approach to Processes of Sovereignty Construction
- Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:00-12:00 - Shared Sovereignty and Territory in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
- Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:00-15:00 - Peace and a New Constitution Matters for Every Nepali
- Fri, 30 May 2014 10:00-13:00 - Imagining Basque Sovereignty: Voices From Civil Society
- Wed, 28 May 2014 - Workshop on Basque Nationhood in a Globalizing World
- Mon, 28 April 2014 - Imagined Sovereignties under Construction
- Tue, 28 May 2013 10:00-12:00 - The New Basque Peace Process: Towards a Resolution of the Basque Conflict?
- Mon, 13 May 2013 12:30-14:00 - No One Saw It Coming: Civil Resistance, the Arab Spring and the Conflicts That Will Shape the Future
- 12 - 14 May 2013 - Course on Nonviolent Resistance