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)
    • EuNaMus: Identity Politics, the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen: European National Museums.


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 []