May 12, 2015

NISE: National Movements and Intermediary Structures in Europe


NISE is an initiative of the ADVN, a government-funded archives, documentation and research centre in Antwerp, with more than twenty-five years of experience in research, archival collection and data management regarding the Flemish movement and nationalism. NISE as an interdisciplinary platform aims to enable comparative and transnational research on national movements and personal and institutional relations between them in order to study political and cultural transfers. NISE collects, verifies and structures archival, bibliographical, institutional and contextual data about the intermediary structures (political parties, organisations, societies and the people involved) of national movements in Europe. The data are obtained from different projects, unilateral inputs and other databases. NISE provides an opportunity to draw action plans for a structured and controlled collection, conservation, and disclosure of and access to the relevant historical and current archival sources. Finally, it provides an electronic forum for exchange of information and expertise.

By the end of 2015, NISE and UNPO aim to compile a "State of the Archives" of unrepresented nations and peoples worldwide, especially UNPO Members (and affiliates), as part of a larger action plan aimed at safeguarding endangered archives of national and regional movements. The results of this questionnaire will be evaluated and presented at the UNPO General Assembly in Brussels, 3 July 2015, and followed by a guided tour of the Flemish Parliament’ archives.

You can read more about this project.