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Nations in Time

Call for Publications

Theme: Nations in Time
Subtitle: Genealogy, History and the Narration of Time
Publication: Genealogy
Date: Special Issue
Deadline: 15.7.2018

Like any other human community, one of the fundamental roles nations
play is to embed individuals in a particular point in time and space.
In other words, nations and nationalism, an organisational principle
of social life, work to provide individuals with a sense of who they
are and where they belong. While nations are not the only form of
community to serve human kind in this manner, they are the most
privileged due to their intricate relationship with the nation-state,
the dominant form of political organisation.

The ways in which nations and nationalism give shape to and maintain
awareness and consciousness of time to members of nations and the
importance of interpretation of the past in maintaining nations have
been widely examined in the study of nations and nationalism under
various headings including the use and abuse of history, the
distinction between official and ‘ethno-‘ history, nations without
history and so on. Building on these works, the special issue aims to
examine the specificity of genealogy as way of comprehending time in
the formation and maintenance of nations and in articulating
nationalism. In other words, what does genealogy bring to nations and
nationalism that history, chronology, myths or legends do not?

The term genealogy immediately suggests ancestry, which in turn
suggests some form of blood relationship. In the study of nations and
nationalism, the reference to blood relationship is linked to the
understanding of ethnic nationhood, which is often seen as
problematic in the liberal democratic normative framework. But is
this the only contribution genealogy makes to the study of nations
and nationalism? The special issue invites contributions to
investigate the relationship between nations and time focusing on the
characteristics of genealogy as a way of making sense of time and the

There are a number of questions to be addressed including:

- What does genealogy provide in the formation and maintenance of
nations that history and other forms of narrating time and the past
do not?

- Is the significance of genealogy limited to the formation and
maintenance of ethnic nations? How would genealogy work in a civic

- Does the significance of genealogy vary across time? Is its
significance eroded with modernisation/democratisation/secularisation?

- What are the factors that privilege genealogy in narrating the
nation’s life? Would genealogy in describing the nation be more
important in societies which are heavily influenced by Confucianism,
for example? Would the rise of a middle class with interest in family
history strengthen the position of genealogy as a main way of
understanding the nation’s past?

- When does genealogy, or family history, of a nation become a
history which is shared publicly? Examining genealogies (i.e.
critical junctures) of national identity or national political

- How do different paradigms of national community (primordialist,
liberal-democratuc, etc.) mobilize the idea of the
nation-as-genealogy or family history?


- nations
- nationalism
- genealogy
- history
- dealing with the past
- ethnic vs civic nationhood
- time consciousness

Note to Contributors

For the instruction for the authors, please visit the journal website:

When your paper is ready, please submit it to the editorial office's
online system via the following link (but you need to register on the
MDPI website ( first and then use the link):

Dr. Atsuko Ichijo, Guest Editor

Ms. Allie Shi, Journal Managing Editor


International, Peer-reviewed, Open Access Journal