GDC Summer School in Budapest, Hungary

Class of 2018

BRIEF COURSE DESCRIPTION

THE NATIONAL AND THE TRANSNATIONAL

Some see the current nationalist turn in politics worldwide, with its crackdowns on international migration, proposals to limit trade and slash budgets for humanitarian and development aid, as the beginning of the end of globalization. In actual fact, global flows continue to challenge long-standing assumptions about how people live and work and about how social institutions function—how and where families raise children and care for the elderly; how livelihoods are earned; the multiple communities with which people identify, and where the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and partial membership get fulfilled. As nation-states mobilize the “re-enchantment of culture” (Aihwa Ong), art and museums become increasingly important arenas in which national and transnational agendas collide or intertwine. The double movement of nationalism and globalization demands that we look closely at how nations and migration are purposely produced by state policies, institutions, and categories aimed at creating “stable” units and unstable flows. This requires a new transnational perspective on global processes.

Class of 2018

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