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Situating a German Self in Democratic Community: Greek Tragedy and German Identity in Christa Wolf’s Mythic Works

Robert Pirro

In times of political or social crisis, issues of identity and affiliation

tend to become more salient. In response to the threatened or actual

disruption of the routines of material provision, social order, and

ideological legitimation, definitions of self and community that had

formerly been considered authoritative come under more frequent

and more extensive questioning. Responses to this condition of

uncertainty and doubt about identity and affiliation are typically

forthcoming from many different quarters: party politicians, leaders

of social movements, public intellectuals, religious authorities. Such

responses can also be quite varied as was the case, for example, in

the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Only months after the

event and with major questions about the future of the two Germanies

in the air, Jürgen Habermas surveyed the various possible sources of German identity that were on offer at that time—economic prestige

(“DM nationalism”), cultural inheritance, linguistic unity, ethnic

descent, historical fate, aesthetic experience, and constitutional patriotism—

and found all but the last seriously wanting.3 In any given

episode of crisis and questioning, most responses will ultimately

have little or no effect; the eventual reestablishment of the routines

of provision, order, and legitimation usually means that one or

another set of definitions of self and community has won out and

become authoritative for a critical mass of citizens.

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Notes from the Balkans: locating marginality and ambiguity on the Greek–Albanian border by Green, Sarah F.


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Seremetakis, C. Nadia. 2019. Sensing the everyday. Dialogues from austerity Greece. London: Routledge. 249 pp. Pb.: £27.99. ISBN: 9780367187767.

Letizia Bonanno

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A Timeless Measure of Who We Are?

Elena Isayev

articulation of community and autonomy, especially during transformative moments such as the emergence of the Greek polis and its city-state citizenship in the fifth century BCE. It traces a shift from the society of Homeric epic—based around elite networks

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Introductory Statements, Five Articles, and Reflections with Descartes and Spinoza in mind

Harry G. J. Nijhuis and Laurent J. G. van der Maesen

community groups; a case study illustrating the community struggle for the preservation of koalas in Australia; the life circumstances of unaccompanied minor refugees during their transit stay in Greece; the revictimization of (young) victims of crime in

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Nonrecording states between legibility and looking away

Barak Kalir and Willem van Schendel

involved in nonrecording, and processes of derecording and rerecording. Looking at states as varied as India, Romania, Greece, China, and the Netherlands, they show a range of circumstances in which states opt for nonrecording as a strategy. Ajay Gandhi

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Non “Religious” Knowing in Pilgrimages to Sacred Sites

Greek Cypriots’ “return” Pilgrimages to the Monastery of Apostolos Andreas (Cyprus)

Evgenia Mesaritou

divided ethnically and geographically ever since the 1974 Turkish military invasion, and the subsequent occupation of the island's northern part. Its two main communities, the Greek and the Turkish Cypriots (TC), have respectively resided in the island

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Feminism and Communism

Notes on the Greek Case

Angelika Psarra

If we want to situate the Greek case in a wider discussion as to whether the notion of a ‘Communist Feminism’ constitutes a contradiction in terms, it would be productive, in my view, to shift the question to focus on those aspects which might help us clarify the features specific to Greek history. As is widely known, communism in Greece has not been part of the political establishment and has been subject to harsh and systematic persecutions throughout the twentieth century. Consequently, the question is whether we can characterise the Greek version of communist theory and praxis, as it was expressed by the main source of communist ideas in Greece, the Greek Communist Party (KKE), as ‘feminist’ in any way. To answer this question, however, we should first define exactly what we mean by the term feminist, or whether feminism also includes a communist constituent.

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Not-Russians on TV

Class, Comedy, and the Peculiarities of East European Otherness on 2 Broke Girls

Erica L. Fraser

drew on Foreign Man and Latka in creating one of the most recognizable characters of that era, Balki Bartokomous (Bronson Pinchot). Balki's place of origin was named but still invented: Mypos, an imaginary Greek island where sheep reigned and peasant

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The Authority to Define a Jew

The Controversy about Levirate Marriage between Jacob Ibn Ḥabib and Elijah Mizraḥi at the Beginning of the Sixteenth Century

Susanne Härtel

–1526). 3 Born into a Greek Jewish (Romaniot) family, he witnessed the establishment of Ottoman rule and, later on, an increasing influx of Jewish refugees into his native city and the region. Mizraḥi is known as a scholar who wrote on secular subjects like