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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, heightened by events such as the 2014 Crimean annexation and the following crisis, Russia’s stance in the Arctic has come […]

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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 presidential campaign it was evident that should he be elected, the extreme nationalism and bigotry would only continue. If there […]

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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 to. Recently however, Alexei Navalny’s case shows that even evidence of poisoning of political opponents can pass without making a […]

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Myth and Memory of Mehmed the Conqueror: Turkish Nationalism and the Conquest of Constantinople

From a Byzantine church built in 537 to an Ottoman mosque in 1453 to a Turkish museum in 1935 to a mosque again in 2020, the Hagia Sophia has seen many forms and none of these changes have been surprising.  This is as the form of the Hagia Sophia has been tightly tied to a […]

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The Smiths, Aestheticised Misery, and the British Nostalgia Identity

Written by: Ewa Bialoglowska/Edited by: Lila Ovington Once upon a time, a band from the North came with a sound so fresh and vigorous it took the nation by storm. The sound was rock, but crucially it was pop, too: concise, punchy, melodic, shiny. The singer was a true original, delivering a blend of sensitivity […]

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False Defenders: Western Populist Right-Wing Discourses on Homosexuality

Written by: Thomas Sørensen & Manfredi Pozzoli /Edited by: Emanuela Lipari Right-wing narratives on homosexuality are far from static. The gradual triumph of value-based Western liberalism throughout the 20th century has meant that Western right-wing movements have conformed many of their stances on social issues vis-à-vis the liberal ‘cultural hegemony,’ while still maintaining ‘conservative’ positions […]

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From Natives to Stateless: Tracing the historical construction of Rohingya Muslims as an enemy ‘other’ and exclusivist nationalism in Myanmar

Written by: Paula Arrus & Femi Ivan /Edited by: Lila Ovington On August 2017, nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims were forced to flee from Myanmar (formerly Burma) due to a ‘clearance operation’ executed by the Myanmar military. Today, Rohingya refugees remain the most vulnerable and racially oppressed ethnic minority in the world (Alam, 2019). Referred to as […]

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QAnon and Conspiracy theories: a new phenomenon? Understanding the relationship between Conspiracy Theories and Nationalism in the information age

Written by: Marcus Woodcock/Edited by: Emanuela Lipari The storming of the Capital in the United States may have surprised many, but it is the paroxysm of a political phenomenon which has been metastasising subliminally. Egged on by Donald Trump, the rioters acted on the belief that the election was stolen in a conspiracy orchestrated by […]

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Women as Symbols in Nationalism

Written by: Charlotte Fischer/ Edited by: Lila Ovington At first glance, nationalism and the nation seem to be genderless concepts, affecting, and being affected by, all people equally. Understandings of the nation appear to lie squarely within a state level of analysis, whereas the notion of gender is largely individual-based. Most scholarship on the topic […]