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The Mystic of ANZAC: Sacrificial Violence and the Search for Australian Nationhood

Written by: Alexandra McDermott This weekend saw the marking of Remembrance Day. Many people in various countries will have gathered at war memorials to lay wreaths, paused to pay respect in communal silence or worn a red poppy or bleuet as a gesture of commemoration. The shared trauma of the First World War generated a remarkable phenomenon of memorialization that has proved immensely adaptable, still observed […]

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The Fasces: Identity as Symbolic Construction

In this podcast, Marion Gabriel explores the power of symbols in redefining history through means of omnipresence. She investigates the fasces as a poignant example of emblems’ role in constructing a national soul and character. Featured Imagery: Wikipedia.

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“Reaping the Consequences: The Politics of Hate and Atrocity in the Pacific War”

Written by: Luke Matthews The key belligerents of the Pacific War, the United States and the Empire of Japan, engaged in a mutually constitutive identity construction that branded “the other” as savage and necessarily killable. This was based on conceptions of racial and civilizational hierarchy, with each side contending that the other was its direct […]

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The Christian Crucifix: A Symbol of Inclusion or a Weapon of Italian Nationalism?

Written by: Beatrice Bertoli In 2019 I was 16 and, I must admit, not particularly interested in Italian politics and its actors. I did, however, have a TikTok account and, like thousands of other Italians, had heard the viral remix of a speech delivered by the Italian nationalist politician Giorgia Meloni. When addressing piazza San Giovanni in Romeshe made a simple, undeniable statement: “I am Giorgia, I am […]

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Podcast: German Musical Genius

In this podcast, Thomas Poulain discusses the pernicious effects of mysticism in our appreciation of classical music. He unravels how the glorification of German geniuses, and the attempts to explain their greatness scientifically, can serve identity discourses (in 1930s Germany or the US today).

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Fight (with) The Power!: Investigating the curious case of right-wing nationalist hip-hop in Poland

Written by: Aaron Sidhu At first glance, ‘right-wing nationalist hip-hop’ appears to be an oxymoron. Forged in the ghettos of New York City during the late 1970’s, hip-hop quickly established itself as a genre of progressivity through its use as a tool of black expression against institutionalised African American oppression. Early pioneers and exporters of […]

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Fantastical lies: Folk tales and the identity formation in Russia

Written by: Polina Evtushenkova Beautiful princesses, brave knights, magical kingdoms in which everyone is happy – I am sure most of you are familiar with these stories since childhood, with the latter story being a bittersweet dream that, until now, never came true. I used to be one of those naïve children who was enchanted […]

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Chinese ‘Coronationalism’: a public health and ideological battle. A tale of two universes?

Written by: Lucas Zhao As Covid-19 marches stridently into its third year, various strands of ‘coronationalism’ have flourished. Nothing is more glaring than the nationalism that has evolved in China, entailing a widespread national pride, in the emergency management by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), at home and abroad. Nationalism is no stranger to crisis. […]

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#nationalism[aesthetics]: initiating conversations on identity

by Sarah Rost Yesterday, on the 10th of March, a private viewing of the exhibition took place at The Exchange. Here a few words on the show as a whole, the process of putting it together, and the meanings it entails… During multiple workshops, students were guided in their creating and curating of art around […]