Identity Hunters

A platform to question, analyse and debate nationalism across time and space

Welcome to Identity Hunters

This project is about understanding how identity and difference are politicised by nationalist politics. We hunt the instances when identity is made and politicised, we are identity hunters.

This website is a platform for the public, students, and academics to engage with one another and explore the challenges of understanding and fighting nationalist politics. It is administered by students of A History of Nations, Nationalism and Theories of the State, a 3rd-year class taught by Dr Pablo de Orellana & Dr Nicholas Michelsen at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London.

Uncommon common-grounds?

Farage, Trump, Salvini, Le Pen, Franco, Ataturk, Stalin, Bismark –what could they possibly have in common? Nationalism. The Brexit vote, Le Pen’s capture of 33% of the French vote, Modi’s ethno-religious politics, not to mention Putin’s and Duterte’s macho-patriotic heroism tell us of a global shift towards nationalism.

But how does nationalism work? Why is it so powerful? Why has it returned? How can nationalists lie in ways that no other politicians can? How is identity used to justify who is deserving and who can be left to die?

Recent blog posts

  • Russia’s Arctic Strategies and Nationalism
    Written by: John R. /Edited by: Jake Dickson Russia’s ambitions towards the Arctic have caused concern in Western eyes in the past decade. With increasing tensions between both NATO and the European Union regarding Russia, […]
  • Nationalism’s Predictable Trajectory to Violence
    Written by: Sanjna Menon /Edited by: Jake Dickson The events in the United States capitol on January 6, 2021 shocked much of the world, but it shouldn’t have. From the day Donald Trump started his […]
  • The Rise of State Owned Media: Russian Inspirations for the Polish Government
    Written by: Paula Rabiega /Edited by: Conor Hiliard Democratic countries are associated with the existence of free, independent media – it is one of the pillars ensuring the country functions the way it was supposed […]

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