Crossing Borders vs. Nationalism?

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Started with classical social evolutionism, sociocultural evolution is both an active ideology and positive knowledge. In my opinion, a mix of the above two sides has become a ground that the wide range of theoretical and practical problems have been arising from. That mixture “points at” such events as the collapse of the British Empire and present-day Iraqi affairs. I view the mix as rationalism’s dogmatism which automatically produces clashes of historical memories and cultural identities. Generally it creates a communications gap between the North and South, the West and East, which is a dangerous alienation process too. So we should carefully distinguish among the sides. These historical, ideological and political issues are clearly reflected in a tendency of the literary process of the 19th-21st centuries which also might be considered as the major tendency of the one. In the paper, which is based by its method on comparative literature and interdisciplinarity, I would like to shed more light on the matter from the perspective of bridging the communications gap.


Keywords: Traditional and Modern Societies, Knowledge and Myth, Nationalism and Universalism, Progress
Stream: Identity and Belonging; the Politics of Diversity; Globalisation
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Borders Crossing versus Nationalism?


Mr. Giorgi Kankava

Research Scholar, Scientific Department of Georgian Literature, Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature
Tbilisi, Georgia

Graduated from the physics department of Tbilisi State University. Currently working at the Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature as a research scholar. Participated in conferences in Paris (virtually), Rabat, St. Petersburg, on the themes of humanities, comparative literature, cultural studies. Co-author of a book "The Instinct of Self-Destruction". Last year the first paper to be published in a international journal (The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5,Issue 9). Member of a planning committee of the GSA North America annual conference 2008.
Interested in relations of the "traditional" and "modern" societies from a perspective of more security of the humans.
General view: there are not existed such problems in the world as we can not solve, but we may have less knowledge than it is needed them to be solved.

Ref: D08P0269