Center for Global Studies to present lecture for International Education Week

November 05, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Center for Global Studies will host a lecture with Alastair Renfrew, professor of English and comparative literature at Durham University, from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, in 112 Katz Building on the University Park campus.

The lecture, "Nationalism and Globalism: The Case of Scotland," will argue that the contemporaneous emergence of "bourgeois" nationalism and a world market in the second part of the 19th century was far from coincidental and, moreover, that this overlooked and misunderstood convergence provides a model for contemporary responses to globalization, Scotland being the exemplary case.

Renfrew specializes in literary and critical theory, with a focus on Mikhail Bakhtin and the so-called Russian Formalists. Among many publications, he has also taught and published on Russian and Soviet cinema and on Russian and Scottish literature.

Following the lecture there will be a brief question and answer session moderated by Sophia McClennen, associate director of the School of International Affairs and director of the Center for Global Studies.

For a complete listing of the Center for Global Studies’ events throughout the semester, visit the events page on the CGS website at

  • Alastair Renfrew of Durham University

    Alastair Renfrew of Durham University will present "Nationalism and Globalism: The Case of Scotland" on Nov. 12.

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Last Updated November 06, 2015