Amber Lorraine Weekes

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Stanford U.

Grant number

Gr. 9378

Approve Date

October 11, 2016

Project Title

Weekes, Amber L., Stanford U., Stanford, CA - To aid research on 'Digitizing the Nation-State: The (De)materialization of Nationalism, Sovereignty, and Belonging in e-Stonia,' supervised by Dr. Ian Hodder

Preliminary abstract: In the nearly 25 years since its independence from the Soviet Union, Estonia has become a global e-governance pioneer. The extent and quality of its e-services have garnered international acclaim and given rise to a sense of national pride in ‘e-stonia’s’ innovativeness. Recently, the country of 1.3 million has invited everyone in the world to benefit from its digital infrastructure by becoming ‘e-residents’ of Estonia. It hopes to recruit 10 million ‘e-Estonians’ by 2025. Estonia has also announced plans to store copies of its digital infrastructure in ‘data embassies’ or servers located outside of Estonia. These data embassies would help ensure the ‘continuity of the state in the cloud.’ My research uses the nation-building project associated with Estonian e-governance as a point of departure for exploring how conceptions of the nation that foreground immateriality, innovation, and transnational ties exist in productive synergy and tension with those that foreground physical places and tradition. My project also investigates the effects of new information technologies on sovereignty and nationalism