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Hugo Frey and Laurike in ‘t Veld

was as likely to be passionate about the underground comix that he dug out at the local market stall as he was about the poetry, contemporary art, performance and alternative music that were central to the ‘Arts Lab’ scene that functioned as an

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Liv Strömquist's Fruit of Knowledge and the Gender of Comics

Mike Classon Frangos

alternative modes of being and living made possible within the realms of culture and aesthetics. Similar to the camp aesthetics of drag performances, reparative reading highlights ‘the many ways selves and communities succeed in extracting sustenance from the

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The Importance of Rituals in Everyday Life in the Middle East

Zubaydah Ashkanani and Soheila Shahshahani

A culture can be expressed in a succinct way in its rituals, the manifestations of the culmination of its deepest beliefs. Rituals are also attempts to maintain cohesion, which they do most successfully in the material and non-material arts. Knowledge of a culture is necessary in order to portray the totality of that culture through its rituals and ceremonies. As a central topic in anthropology, ritual has been regarded as a phenomenon that is resistant to change and bound to a great extent to certain norms and regulations. Yet it is obvious that rituals are not rigid, unvarying sets of performances and that they have undergone many changes in definitions, functions and interpretations. Indeed, all aspects of culture, including rituals, are subject to change. Drawing on the past, cultures sustain their beliefs by making use of what is at hand in the present.

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Politics and Power After the 2017 Bundestag Election

Eric Langenbacher

in depth at the situation of the spd and the new grand coalition. After looking at some of the reasons for the spd ’s poor performance on election day, the author outlines the twisted road the party took to agree to a continuation of the grand

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Editorial

Edited by Soheila Shahshahani

posters and video clips of theatrical performances on national television are also used to make a shrine for a political leader who was assassinated. As the justice system was unable to pronounce a final verdict on the case, the unity of the country could

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’s organizational gambit to wrest local political control from the mainstream parties. This article analyzes the FN’s performance in these elections from the standpoint of political demand and supply. First, it elaborates the social, economic, and partisan

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Comics and Transnational Exchanges

Lawrence Grove, Anne Magnussen, and Ann Miller

Jewish father and son who have grotesque faces, resembling an alien and a frog, respectively, echoes of a carnivalesque tradition of performance that can be tracked through manifestations such as the commedia dell'arte Pierrot and the Joker, traces of

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Re-viewing the Past and Facing the Future

Laurence Grove, Anne Magnussen, and Ann Miller

and Lewis Trondheim (who had, famously, just met). Groensteen details the later history of the group, along with his own reservations about the over-emphasis on public performances, the exclusive association of the group with one publisher and the

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Sounds German?

Popular Music in Postwar Germany at the Crossroads of the National and Transnational

Kirkland A. Fulk

the musical focus to include film and performance, but also complicates the picture of music’s relationship to German national identity by investigating how competing conceptions of Germanness also shaped sound itself: “Sound mattered to the formation

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A Zeitenwende Indeed

Eric Langenbacher

performance in the 2017 election. First was Andrea Nahles, a critic of Schröder's neoliberal policies and a former minister of labor and social affairs. She stepped down in June 2019 after horrible polling and a big loss in the elections for the European