Celebrations en nationforming : a historical research of the political and cultural part of holidays.

  • Detant, Anja, (Co-Promotor)
  • Witte, Els (Administrative Promotor)
  • Desle, Els, (Co-Promotor)

Project Details


The studies of Benedict Andersen Imagined Communiuties: reflections on the origins and spread of Nationalism (1983) , Ernest Gellner Nation and Nationalism (1983) and Eric Hobsbawn Nation and Nationalism since 1780. Programme , Myth , Reality ( 1990 ) have already examined the complexity of the relation between nations, states and nationalism.Further specific research is required to find out in what way these notions are applied and interpreted in the Belgian community by the various political-cultural movements. Such research can provide us with the understanding of divergent vieuws with regard to the Belgian , Flemish, Walloon and Brussels identity and their own nation and/or community accordingly.Through this study we intend to analyse the speeches and the symbolism expressed at the Flemish 11 july, the Walloon September and the Belgian 21 july anniversaries.This analysis will be used to examine to what extent these movements constitute their own nation and/or community.The crucial role of Brussels as the scene of action will be the focus of our attention.The aim of this investigation is mainly to integrate relevant historical , sociological and anthropological studies and methods.The central question includes to what extent (political-cultural) celebrations are used to build up one's own community , nation and /or identity.
Effective start/end date1/01/9731/12/01


  • history
  • managment
  • communication

Flemish discipline codes

  • Media and communications
  • History and archaeology