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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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The Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute: Islands between two nations—territory and legitimacy in Sino-Japanese nationalisms

Written by: Charlotte Bascaule Although the territorial dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands has been emphasized as a matter of ‘cold politics, hot economics’, the enduring mistrust and risk of escalation between China and Japan stem precisely from the symbolic and historical nature of the controversy. In the past decades, both China and Japan have appeared […]

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Was Pepe to Blame for the Capitol Hill Attack?

Written by: Ben Proud “The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (i.e., the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (i.e., the standards of thought) no longer exist.” Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism […]

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Implications of the slogan “local and national”: Is Turkey experiencing a new form of nationalism?

Written by: Rozalin Eraslan As significant in nationalism-centric identification efforts especially during the early 20th century, concepts of “local” and “national” can be deemed as having a strict relationship since the establishment of modern Turkey during these periods. Whilst these terms were frequently used to emphasize the ‘development’ for the purpose of narrowing the gap […]

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Gendering the Youth: China and its censorship on effeminacy 

Written by: Alyah Albader On September 2, 2021, the Chinese government had put a ban on effeminate men from all entertainment platforms – including TV, video games, and social media. The ban was announced following subsequent attempts by the government to enforce “revolutionary culture” which tighten the mobilization of media and censors any social threats that […]

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Hijras and the Governance of Bodies

Written by: Kotono Sagane Above is an image of Bahuchara Mata, a Hindu goddess of fertility. However, some might recognise her as the mother of hijras – a gender identity in South Asia whose birth sex is male but identify as neither male nor female. While hijras are often mistakenly described under the umbrella of […]

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The new Spanish identity: the trendiness of polarization

Written by: Marta Navarro Politics is a topic that has been growing in importance in the Spanish socio-political sphere. Everyone seems to be an expert and to have an opinion about it, however, not everyone seems to have the interest to understand the proposals offered by the different parties. It is therefore not surprising that […]