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An ideology of desire: Orwell’s ‘Notes on nationalism’

Written by: Thomas Bouzereau and Pauline Darrieus ‘The very concept of objective truth is fading in the world… This prospect frightens me much more than bombs’, George Orwell says in Fascism and Democracy. In his ‘Notes on Nationalism’, published in 1945, Orwell develops the above thesis by studying the mechanisms of nationalism, which he defines, […]

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The legacy of French colonialism, and the problematic case of New Caledonia

Written by: Erell Mourouga One of the latest and furthest territories to integrate metropolitan France and most fractured politically, New-Caledonia is at the dawn of a third and final independence referendum. Its outcome in December 2021 will not only impact the geo-politics of the South Pacific region – an area of great interest in light […]

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Industrialized Singapore or ‘Singaporean’ for Industrialization?

Written by: Kotono Sagane “Singapore you are not my country. Singapore you are not a country at all. You are surprising Singapore, statistics-starved Singapore, soulful Singapore of tourist brochures in Japanese and hourglass kebayas. […] Your words are like walls on which truth is graffiti. This has become an island of walls. Asylum walls, factory […]

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Szukalski’s legacy

Written by: Roger Creus Vila How are the Polish far-right, Slavic neopagans and Leonardo DiCaprio related? This article will explore the interaction between art and politics as set by the prodigious sculptor Stanisław Szukalski and how his oeuvre’s influence has been projected in current nationalist trends.  “They consider me a heretic, whereas in fact I’m […]

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Architecture and ideology: modernity as a Fascist endeavour in Il Foro Mussolini

Written by: Thomas Bouzereau and Pauline Darrieus In recent years, Fascist architecture has taken an increasingly important place among the Italian public debate, for being omnipresent yet unnoticed. It is all the more surprising when one knows that the architectural characteristics of that time were very tied to the political program of the Duce. Italian […]

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Building an African identity in the shadow of Empire

Written by: Thomas Poulain When used as a political tool, identity is associated with the concepts of sovereignty and legitimacy. If we assume that the state has to be legitimate, whoever rules must represent the national identity. Nigeria’s independence, which was declared in 1960, reveals the predominant role identity played in nation-building during decolonization. Before […]

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Whisky, strawberries and the limits of Scottish ‘civic’ nationalism

Written by: Noah Eastwood There is no reference to origins or founding members on the SNP website. This is quite deliberate. Ex-leader Arthur Donaldson is known to have spoken about the ‘great possibilities’ for Scotland were the Nazis to invade England. Douglas Young, who led the party between 1942 to 1945, managed to wind up […]

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Laïcité, or the response to a perceived threat to French national identity

Written by: Sarah Rost Since the 2000’s, there has been a change in the interpretation and enforcement of secularism in France. This has drawn both intrigue and condemnation from the international community and it’s argued that some of the recent legislative reforms are discordant with international human rights, in particular the free exercise religion. Political […]

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Weaponizing art: why are nationalists so obsessed with classics?

Written by: Zuzanna Kozlowska ‘Beauty and tradition matters’ reminds us Architectural Revival, a Twitter account listed as one of those ‘That Will Make You Proud to be European’, to cite the far-right website Defend Europa. Unsurprisingly, the account is followed by thousands of nationalist users, both anonymous and public figures, including British activist Paul Joseph […]