Who is nostalgic for the nation? Donald Trump and his supporters, for one, have projected a lost nationhood as a fetishized object to be recovered in their antiglobal and anti-immigrant politics. But what about the academy? For years we in American studies have been attempting to push beyond the concept of the nation, taking as the locus of the most exciting and progressive scholarship intra- and extranational objects: diasporas, cosmopolitanisms, maroonage, and border zones. In contrast, the nation as a conceptual locus can feel quaint, backward looking, or even reactionary—as dangerously nostalgic as the growth of right-wing populism. But as scholars it is important to ask what tools we have for confronting our political moment. Do our internationalisms offer meaningful alternatives to reactionary nationalism? What about our older critical understandings of national cultures of consensus formation, intergenerational anxiety, and racial belonging? Should...

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