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Vortrag Nicholas Matheou: From Methodological Nationalism to an Anarchist Heuristic - Hegemony and Counterpower before Capital


Organized in cooperation between the Japan Center and Milinda Berjee, LMU research fellow


Despite prominent critiques of nationalism and nationhood over the last forty years, history continues to be written as the story of reified peoples/countries – as ‘nations’. Clearly, therefore, these critiques have been insufficient, and ultimately this is down to one basic problem: the state. Behind the ideological façade of ‘national histories’ lies the assumption that history is the story of states, mystified as ‘peoples’ in the supposedly pre-state ‘premodern’ (=pre-capitalist) world. In this lecture, therefore, methodological nationalism will be situated as a particular instance of the general problem of methodological statism. The solution, then, becomes obvious: to develop of a methodologically anti-state, that is, an anarchist heuristic. Drawing on examples from the pre-capitalist eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, this lecture will demonstrate what an anarchist heuristic looks like in practice.

Ort und Datum

Dienstag, 15. Mai 2018, 18.30-20.00 Uhr
LMU Hauptgebäude, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, B 011