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Daniela Morgan
Daniela Morgan

Project Title
Reconciling the Limits of State Sovereignty: An Exploration of the Sardinian Question

Description of Research Project: This ESRC-funded study examines recent secessionist mobilisation in Europe, focusing on the nature and role of state sovereignty within independentist political discourse. The thesis seeks to understand why we are witnessing the continued claim for sovereignty within the context of the EU integrationist project addressing the implications international politics has for notions of sovereignty as a political and legal demarcation of state power.
Drawing from a Gramscian approach, the thesis argues that for many sub-state nationalist movements sovereignty constitutes both an active attempt to re-localise power within defined cultural, political and economic borders and the possibility of participating in an ‘order’ which goes beyond them. Particular attention will be placed on state formation and 'sub nationalism' as important forms of political contestation within the context of an ‘ international’ hegemony/bloc.The project involves extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Sardinia.


Politics PGR Forum 2017
HASS Postgraduate Conference 2017
NEDTC Conference Committee Member 2017

Qualifications and Achievements

MA Politics (Research) at Newcastle University, 2016- 2017. (Distinction)
BA Philosophy and Italian at Cardiff University, 2010-2014. (First)

Recipient of the Miller Award for the best academic performance in the Faculty Research Programme, 2017

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