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Recent and forthcoming:

A new, revised and enlarged edition of the Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe has appeared in 2022 with Amsterdam University Press.

Het krijtje van Ceulen’, De Maasgouw 141.2 (2022)

‘Toponarratives’, in Grimm Ripples: The legacy of the Grimms’ «Deutsche sagen’ in northern Europe, ed. Terry Gunnell (Leiden: Brill, 2022), 26-42.

‘Culture, humanities, evolution: The complexity of meaning-making over time’, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 376.1828 (Theme issue, ‘Foundations of cultural evolution’, 2021),

(with Vladimir Biti and Vivian Liska, eds.), The idea of Europe: The clash of projections (Leiden: Brill, 2021).

(with Jürgen Barkhoff, ed.), National stereotyping, identity politics, European crises (Leiden: Brill, 2021)

Key publications:

2022 Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe (online as web resource at; book publication 2nd ed. 2 vols., Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press)

2021 “Cultural mobility and political mobilization: Transnational dynamics, national action”, in The First World War and the nationality question in Europe, ed. Xosé Manoel Núñez Seixas (Leiden: Brill, 2021), 17-36.

2021 “The camp and the home: Europe as myth and metaphor”, in National stereotyping, identity politics, European crises, ed. J. Barkhoff & J. Leerssen (Leiden: Brill), 125-141.

2021 World Fairs and the global moulding of national identities: International Exhibitions as cultural platforms, 1851–1958, ed. with Eric Storm (Leiden: Brill)

2017 “The never-ending stream: Cultural mobilization over the Rhine”, in The Rhine: National tensions, romantic visions, ed. M. Beller & J. Leerssen (Leiden: Brill), 224-261.

2016 “Cuchulain in the General Post Office: Gaelic Revival, Irish Rising”, Journal of the British Academy, 4: 137-168.

2015 "The nation and the city: Urban festivals and cultural mobilization", Nations and nationalism, 21.1: 2-20.

2015 “De Limburgse identiteit”, in Limburg: Een geschiedenis, ed. P. Tummers et al (Maastricht: LGOG), 3: 303-322.

2014 Commemorating writers in 19th-century Europe; Nation-building and centenary fever, ed. with A. Rigney (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan)

2014 "Romanticism, music, nationalism", Nations and nationalism, 20.4: 606-627

2013 "Notes toward a definition of Romantic Nationalism", Romantik: Journal for the study of Romanticisms 2: 9-36

2011 Spiegelpaleis Europa: Europese cultuur als mythe en beeldvorming (Nijmegen: Vantilt; 3rd ed. 2015)

2006 De bronnen van het vaderland: Taal, literatuur en de afbakening van Nederland, 1806-1892 (Nijmegen: Vantilt; 2nd ed. 2011)

2006 National thought in Europe: A cultural history (Amsterdam UP; 3rd ed. 2018; Catalan trl. Valencia: Afers, 2019)

1996 Remembrance and imagination. Patterns in the historical and literary representation of Ireland in the nineteenth century (Cork UP)

1986 Mere Irish and Fíor-Ghael. Studies in the idea of Irish nationality, its development and literary expression prior to the nineteenth century (Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins; 2nd ed. Cork UP, 1996)