From Tolerance of Power to Power of Violence: Geopolitical Turn in Contemporary Belarusian Nationalism in Comparative Perspective
Currently I am working on a project “From Tolerance of Power to Power of Violence: Geopolitical Turn in Contemporary Belarusian Nationalism in Comparative Perspective”. The project is an offshoot of my long-term study of the post-Soviet Belarusian nationalism, which I understand as a generic term encompassing nationalist public discourse, national identities of individuals and small social groups, and national history narratives. Contrary to the mainstream notion of the Belarusian nationalist opposition versus the anti-nationalist Soviet-nostalgic government, the actual recent history of the national issue in Belarus has been much richer, more changeable and fragmented, and more illuminating for wider issues in nationalism studies. In particular, I consider the recent geopolitical turn in the Belarusian nationalism, which is the crux of my research project, relevant to the theme “Fragmentation and Violence” of the Winter Academy.
Marharyta Fabrykant is a Senior Lecturer at the Belarusian State University, Minsk, and a Research Fellow at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow. Her research focuses on national identity and nationalism, and encompasses both quantitative cross-cultural research on national pride and qualitative studies of national history narratives in Belarus, Russia, the Baltics, and other Central and Eastern European countries. She authored a number of articles including “Small State Imperialism: the Role of Empire in Contemporary Nationalist Discourse” upcoming in Nations and Nationalism.