National movements and Intermediary Structures in Europe (NISE)

NISE is an international platform for research and heritage on national movements in Europe. It brings together researchers and research and cultural heritage institutions that are working on the study of nationalism in Europe from the eighteenth century to today. Our mission is to facilitate and stimulate exchange and collaborations across countries, disciplines and the scientific and cultural heritage sector. Learn more about NISE here

Conference 2023: Nationalism and World Fairs

The interaction between national self-proclamation, the commercialization of culture and an emerging entrepreneurial world order: that will be the topic for a conference to be held on 30 May – 1 June 2023, under the auspice of NISE, in Vienna.

Call for Papers

Starting with the London Great Exhibition of 1851, World Fairs have been an important
platform to showcase countries and their economic assets in an increasingly commerce-
driven international world order. As recent studies have demonstrated, the spectacular
display culture of world fairs has served as a platform for national self-proclamations for
empires, including their peripheral provinces and overseas colonies, existing nation-states,
and emerging new, post-colonial countries. Its pavilions mirror changing tastes, moving
between historicist grandeur, fairground arcade, vernacular traditionalism, technological

The interaction between national self-proclamation, the commercialization of culture and an emerging entrepreneurial world order: this will be the main focus of the NISE Conference. We invite proposals from the historical and social sciences that delve into the complexity of world fairs. Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • World Fairs and the construction of national or imperial identity
  • World fairs and the commercialization of (national) culture
  • Capitalism, World Fairs and Nation-states
  • Empire and World Fairs
  • Competing (sub)national identities at world fairs
  • Cultural and social practices at world fairs


200-500-word outlines for proposed papers can be submitted to NISE, c/o the coordinator, at Submmission deadline: 31 October 2022


The hosting institution is the Vienna University of Economics and Business, whose landmark modern campus is located adjacent to the famed Prater fairground, site of the 1873 Vienna World Fair.

Keynote Speakers

The Keynote speakers are now confirmed: Eric Storm (Leiden University) and Marta Filipová (Masaryk University Brno) will honor us with their motivating and engaging presentations, challenging and inspiring the audience’s thinking and knowledge on the topic of “Nationalism and World Fairs”.

Programme and registration

We will keep you updated on the programme, and registration!


If you have any questions, please contact


  • NISE Lecture#22 is now online!

    Did you miss the NISE Lecture 2022? Did you attend it and want to listen to it again? You have the possibility to see “Everything for the Motherland. Russian nationalism as a means to stay in power” by M. Krielaars again online, in 4 different parts -plus teaser! -, HERE

  • NISELetter#30 is published!

    Check the NISELetter#30 HERE and don’t miss a detail about NISE and its partners’ activity and numerous call for papers. Subscribe now here!

  • Successful NISE Lecture with M. Krielaars

    On 3 November Dutch journalist and writer Michel Krielaars captivated the attention of the public at the Nottebohm room in Antwerp, with an extraordinary lecture about Russian nationalism and Putin. “Everything for the motherland. Russian nationalism as a means to stay in power” was the title of his lecture. You can see HERE the presentation …

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NISE strives to publish a number of different series which are focused on the study of national movements from a comparative and transnational perspective. To know more about the different series and projects, click the different links below.



SPIN’s flagship project is the Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe (ERNiE) It is available in book form and online as a freely available open-access web resource.
The web resource can be freely consulted at and at The ERNiE database is managed by Stefan Poland, who also designed many of its online network visualizations.
The 2-volume, 1500-page book, published by Amsterdam University Press, is available from regular booksellers.

ERNiE contains analytical articles on themes and persons, as well as historical documentation (Letters, Writings, Images, Music etc.), tracing and visualizing the transnational rise of national culture-building in 19th-century Europe.These articles and materials cover manifestations of Romantic Nationalism in Europe during the long 19th century.

While European in focus, ERNiE’s coverage is as comprehensive as possible and firmly transnational: what ERNiE hopes to make visible is not only the great mass, social penetration and mobilizing agency of individual cultural actions, gestures and developments within different countries, but also their cross-national (as well as intermedial) connections and interrelations. ERNiE wishes to draw attention to culture not only as the intellectual and artistic ambitience which made nationalism, as an ideology, thinkable and attractive, but above all as the communicative medium which rendered a transnational diffusion of nationalism possible.

A brochure (from 2015) can be viewed/downloaded here.

An online user’s manual can be found here.