Can You Sing the Brabançonne? The Politics of Linguistic Nationalism in Belgium

Lecture | April 14 | 9-10 a.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Christopher R. Jackson, Ph.D., De Anza College

 Institute of European Studies, European Union Center

A new sort of nationalism seems to be on the rise in Europe and the United States, one based on racial and religious differences. How does this differ from the “old nationalism” of Europe? How did nationalism originally arise in a bilingual country such as Belgium? What is the future of nationalism in Belgium, and has English become the unofficial language of Brussels? Chris Jackson will investigate the rise of linguistic nationalism in Belgium, a country long divided along linguistic lines, and investigate whether Belgium is still a European microcosm—an EU avant la lettre.

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