New Book out in February – ‘Grounded Nationalisms’

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My new book ‘Grounded Nationalisms’ is coming out in February 2019 with the Cambridge University Press. More information:

Grounded Nationalisms


1918 – Pathways to the Future Conference, Stockholm, 7-8 November 2018

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I look forward to speaking at this conference next week:

The full conference programme:



Recent Publications, 2018

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These recently published articles can be accessed at and researchgate:

  • S. Malesevic (2018). The Structural Origins of Social Cohesion: The Dynamics of Micro-Solidarity in 1991-1995 Wars of Yugoslav Succession. Small Wars and Insurgencies 29 (4): 735-753.
  • S. Malesevic and N. O’Dochartaigh (2018) Why Combatants Fight: The Irish Republican Army and the Bosnian Serb Army Compared. Theory and Society 47 (3): 293-326.
  • S. Malesevic (2018) Nationalism and the Longue Durée. Nations and Nationalism 24 (2): 292-99. (Thai translation to be published in 2018).
  • S. Malesevic (2018) From Mercenaries to Private Patriots: Nationalism and the Private Military Contractors. In: T. Crosby and U. Swed (eds) The Sociology of the Privatization of Security. New York: Palgrave (in press).
  • S. Malesevic (2018) Nationalism and Imperialism as Enemies and Friends: Nation-State Formation and Imperial Projects in the Balkans. In F. Duina (ed). Nation and States, Power and Civility. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (in press).
  • S. Malesevic (2018) Globalisation and Nationalist Subjectivities. In D. Jung and S. Stetter (eds). Modern Subjectivities in World Society. London: Palgrave.
  • S. Malesevic and T. Trost-Pavasovic (2018) Nation-States and Nationalism. In G. Ritzer (ed) Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. London: Wiley Blackwell.
  • S. Malesevic (2018) The Rise and Rise of Grounded Nationalisms. Ethnopolitics (in press).

Upcoming Talks, Autumn 2018

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  • ‘Great Nations and Small Empires: Nationalist Movements in Ireland and the Balkans’ The Politics of Conflict and Transformation: Northern Ireland in Comparative Perspective conference, 23 November 2018, RIA, Dublin, Ireland (invited speaker);
  • ‘Was Total War an Exception? Organised Violence and the Legacy of 20th century’, 1918: Pathways to the Future conference, 7-8 November 2018, Stockholm, Sweden (invited keynote speaker);
  • ‘War and the State Formation in the Balkans’ War and the Formation of the Greek State conference, Corfu, Greece 28-29 September 2018 (invited keynote speaker);
  • ‘Grounded Nationalisms’ Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK, September 9-11, (invited keynote speaker);
  • ‘Grounded Nationalisms and Cultural Diversities’ University of Berlin, Germany 6-8 September (invited speaker);
  • ‘Grounding Nationalism: Collins, Durkheim and Weber’, The Sociology of Randall Collins Conference, UCD, Dublin, Ireland 4 September 2018;

Op-Ed for TRTWORLD on Violence

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Just published an op-ed for TRT World ‘The Rise of Organised Violence in the Modern World’ : (24/8/2018);


UCD Conference on Randall Collins

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Prof. Randall Collins will be awarded an honorary PhD from UCD on 6th September. In  conjunction with this event Steve Loyal (UCD) and I are organising a conference ‘The Sociology of Randall Collins’ which will take place on 4th September, 2018 at UCD Sociology. Here is the provisional programme:

Date: 4th September 2018

 Venue: UCD Humanities Institute  (H204)

9:30 Opening the workshop – Steve + Sinisa

9:40 – 10:15 –  Michael Mann (UCLA) ‘Fear and Loathing on the Battlefield: Do Soldiers Have Moral Qualms?’

10:15 – 10:50 – Sinisa Malesevic (Dublin) ‘Grounding Nationalism: Collins, Weber and Durkheim’

10:50-11.15 Tea/Coffee

11:15-11:50 – Anthony King (Warwick) ‘Emotion, interaction and the structure-agency problem: building on the sociology of Randall Collins’

11:50- 12:25 – Lea David (Dublin) ‘Human rights, memory and micro-solidarity’

 12:25 – 1:25 – Lunch

 1:25 – 2:00: – Steven Loyal (Dublin) ‘The reproduction of elite strata: Bourdieu and Collins compared’

2:00- 2:35 – Su-Ming Khoo (Galway) ‘Reflections on the sociology of credentialism- and a sociology of thinking’

2:35 – 3:05 Coffee Break

3:05 – 3:40 – Barry Barnes (Exeter) ‘Statuses and Status Groups’

3:40 – 4:00 – Randall Collins  (Pennsylvania) ‘Response to the papers’

4:00  – Closing the workshop – Steve + Sinisa



Editorial Board Membership

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I am glad to join the editorial board of the leading Russian journal ‘Chelovek’.