Veronika Hermann

Veronika Hermann (Hungary)

Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Communication, Eötvös Loránd University
Visegrad Scholarship at OSA
Attendance Period: 
Jan/2024 - Mar/2024
Research Title: 
Nationalism Revisited
Research Description: 

The goal of this project is to shed light of the interconnections between informal nationalism during State Socialism and current ideologies of white nationalism in Eastern Europe, accompanied by post-colonial racial relations that are consistent with former Cold War geopolitical hierarchies. To understand the post-Cold War ideological landscape in its complexity, we must rethink the very categories of “nationalism” and “internationalism,” or, more specifically, the dualism between them. Contemporary cultural and political nationalism in Eastern Europe boosts post-colonial exclusion practices toward Eastern immigrants in the West and the idea of white innocence in the East at the same time. This bidirectional social force sews together Cold War geopolitical order and neoliberal inequalities. Not only it intensifies cultural differences between the ideologies of multiculturalism and cultural nationalism, but, accordingly, it is building up wider economic and political differences between the regions.

Veronika Hermann is Assistant Professor at the Department of Media and Communication of Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. She holds MA degrees in Hungarian Literature, Comparative Literature, and Media Studies, and obtained her PhD in Literary and Cultural Studies. Her research interest covers Cold War popular culture, contemporary and 20th-century Eastern European popular culture, and relations of Socialism, nationalism, whiteness and post-colonialism. She has publications and she lectures in Hungarian and English. Her first book Identity Politics in Literature was published in 2020.