Gabriella Elgenius

Associate Professor in Sociology, (Reader/ Docent) Department of Sociology and Work Science, Gothenburg University

College: Nuffield

Research Areas: Nationalism and Identity.

Ethnicity, Diaspora, Nationalism, Identity, and Qualitative Methods.

Dr Elgenius is currently working on four major research projects:

  1. Identities and social action: Are Traditional identities in Decline? - Funded by the ESRC (Summary of Findings)
  2. To what extent does 'homeland' matter for Diaspora communities in Britain? - funded by the British Academy Fellowship and the John Fell Fund
  3. Identity politics and symbolism: Symbols of nations and nationalism: Celebrating Nationhood - Funded by the Marie Curie Fellowship
  4. National Museums in Europe, Diversity, Citizenshiop and Repartriation of Cultural Heritage (funded by the ERC)


Elgenius, Gabriella. In process. The Success and Politics of Public and National Day Design: diversity, community and citizenship. Journal article details tbc

Elgenius, Gabriella. In process. Ethnicity, Diaspora and British identity. Journal article details tbc

Elgenius, Gabriella. In process. Politicizing Apology and Performing Egalitarianism: repatriation of cultural heritage and human remains between the 'Nordic' countries. Journal article details tbc

Aronsson, Peter and Elgenius, Gabriella. Eds. 2014. In prep. A History of National Museums in Europe 1750-2010. (Contributions from Tony Bennett, Stefan Berger, Dominique Polout, Ilaria Porcini, Gabriella Elgenius and Peter Aronsson. Routledge.

Elgenius, Gabriella. 2014. In prep. National Museums and Nation-building. In Aronsson, Peter and Elgenius, Gabriella eds. 2014. A History of the National Museum in Europe 1750-2010.

Elgenius, Gabriella. 2011. Symbols of Nations and Nationalism: Celebrating Nationhood. Palgrave Macmillan (monograph) ISBN 978-0-230-24787-1

Elgenius, Gabriella. 2011. The Politics of Recognition: Symbols, Nation-building and Rival Nationalism. Nations & Nationalism. Issue 17.2. April. Wiley-Blackwell

Elgenius, Gabriella. 2011. Making National Museums in Europe - A Comparative Approach, pp. 5 - 20. In Building National Museums in Europe 1750-2010. Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings, No 64. Linköping University Press. ISSN: 1650 - 3686. [Open Access:] (with Peter Aronsson)

Elgenius, Gabriella. Eds. (with Peter Aronsson) (Vol. 1 and 2) (2011) Building National Museums in Europe 1750 - 2010: European National Museums: Identity Politics, the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen, Bologna 28 - 30 April 2011. EuNaMus Report No 1. Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings, No 64. Linköping University Press. ISSN: 1650-3686. [Open Access:]

Elgenius, Gabriella. 2009. Successful Nation-Building and Ceremonial Triumph: Constitution Day in Norway. In McCrone & McPherson (eds.) National Days: Constructing and Mobilizing National Identity. Palgrave Macmillan

Heath, Anthony, Curtice, John & Elgenius, Gabriella. 2009 Individualization and the Decline of Class Identity. In Margaret Wetherell (ed.) Identity in the 21st century: New Trends in Changing Times. Palgrave Macmillan

Heath, Anthony, Martin, Jean & Elgenius, Gabriella. 2007. Who do we think we are? The decline of traditional social identities. In Park, A., Curtice, J., Thomson, K., Phillips, M. and Johnson, M. (eds.), British Social Attitudes: the 23rd Report – Perspectives on a changing society. London: Sage for the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) ISBN: 9781412934329 [

Elgenius, Gabriella. 2007. The Origin of European National Flags. In Thomas Hylland Eriksen & Richard P. Jenkins (eds.), Flag, Nation and Symbolism in Europe and America. Oxford: Routledge. ISBN:9780415444040

Elgenius, Gabriella. 2007. National Expressions and Diversity in Europe. International Journal for Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations. Volume 6. Also available online [http:/] ISSN: 1147-9532

Elgenius, Gabriella. 2007. The Appeal of Nationhood: Celebrating and Commemorating the Nation. In Sturm & Young (eds.) Nationalism in a Global Era: The Persistence of Nations. Foreword by Anthony D. Smith. London: Routledge. ISBN13: 978-0-415-41405-0

Elgenius, Gabriella. 2005. National Days & Nation-building: a contemporary survey. In Eriksonas & Müller (eds), Statehood Beyond Ethnicity: A Comparative Study of Smaller States in Northern and Eastern Europe. Peter Lang Publishers. ISBN 90-5201-060-9

Elgenius, Gabriella (2005) Expressions of nationhood: national symbols and ceremonies in contemporary Europe. PhD thesis, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). LSE online publishing available at []