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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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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 […]

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What Happened To the PKK?

Who are the PKK? The Kurdistan Worker’s Party, better known as PKK are a militant political organization based in Turkish and Iraqi ‘Kurdistan’. But they did not start this way. They were founded in 1978 by a number of Kurdish and Turkish students, led by Abdullah Öcalan. Their ideology has its roots in revolutionary socialism […]

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Queerhood VS Nationhood: the exclusion of LGBTQI+ community from Poland’s national identity

Written by: Szymon Jezewski and Ewa Bialoglowska /Edited by: Saskia Alais Every 11th of November, thousands of Poles march through the streets of Warsaw in celebration of Polish Independence Day. The march has a long-standing reputation for attracting Neo-Fascist and Far Right groups from all over Europe. This year, in addition to the usual chants […]

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“Don’t Sell the Country”: Cultural Import-Substitution in the Post-Colonial Era

Written by: Thomas Sørensen & Manfredi Pozzoli Identity is an essential part of the interactions between humans in society and between different societies. The breakdown of local communities and the attempts by colonial powers to generate wholly new subjugated identities for their colonial subjects left many post-colonial states divided and with identity-building as a core […]

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The Twenty-Two Yards Which United and Divided the Nation

Written by: Femi Ivan /Edited by: Saskia Alais 273 million This was the number of people from all over the globe who in 2019 watched the Cricket World Cup match played between India and Pakistan. Matches between these two teams have always attracted huge audiences and carries symbolic importance to both the countries. Importantly, the […]

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The War on Women: How Modern Polish Nationalism Relies on the Restriction of Reproductive Rights

Written by: Paulina Rabiega /Edited by: Jake Dickson There seems to be a distinct association between being nationalist (and oftentimes conservative-leaning) and being vehemently anti-choice. That is true across the globe and has become extremely visible during the events taking place in Poland in recent months. For this reason, this article will attempt to provide […]

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The Paradox of Sicilian Identity

Written by: Lila Ovington & Emanuela Lipari /Edited by: Sanjna Menon What is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Sicily? The mafia jokes? Probably almost naturalized in any Sicilian’s passport. Or could it be the lemon trees and vast vineyards? The sunsets? Those that have inspired the German poet Goethe. No […]