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Cowboys, Icebergs, and "Outlaws"

The Paradoxes and Possibilities of the Francophone Belgian Road Movie

Michael Gott

This article builds on recent scholarship on the European road movie, focusing on Francophone Belgian road films that engage with issues of citizenship and personal, national, and transnational identities. The relationship of these films to the process of identity reformulation within new European parameters is examined, using four films from the past decade as case studies: Eldorado (Bouli Lanners, 2008), L'iceberg (Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy, 2005), Quand la mer monte/When the Sea Rises (Jeanne Moreau and Gilles Porte, 2004), and Les folles aventures de Simon Konianski/Simon Konianski (Micha Wald, 2008). Despite the limited scale of its territory, this article contends that Belgium's complex make-up and status as a post-colonial “melting pot“ provides the ideal laboratory for cinematic identity quests. While anchored in a distinctively Belgian context, these films demonstrate that national boundaries are no longer an adequate container for identities in contemporary Europe. Particular focus is paid to the ways by which each film employs and distorts the traditional road movie template to stage voyages into citizenship.

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Imagining Futures of Energy

Views from Central Asia

Markus S. Schulz

sustainable development, and the building of a “competitive” national identity that preserves history and spirituality but is pragmatically open to new knowledge and the challenges of global markets. 6 When the northward move of Kazakhstan’s capital from

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Governing Global Aeromobility

Canada and Airport Refugee Claimants in the 1980s

Bret Edwards

Struggle through Choked System,” Globe and Mail , 19 December 1984, M1. 67 National Film Board of Canada, Who Gets In? dir. Barry Greenwald, 1989. 68 Malarek, Haven’s Gate , 74. 69 José Eduardo Igartua, The Other Quiet Revolution: National Identities

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Laborers, Migrants, Refugees

Managing Belonging, Bodies, and Mobility in (Post)Colonial Kenya and Tanzania

Hanno Brankamp and Patricia Daley

than on wider solidarities and convivial relationships (see Malkki 1992 ). Research has inadvertently legitimized state policies that seek to strengthen the relationship between national territory and identity, subliminally fueling calls to “root out

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Peter Merriman, Georgine Clarsen, and Gijs Mom

articles, one by Panagiotis Zestanakis and the other by Bret Edwards. In his article, “Motorcycling in 1980s Athens: Popularization, Representational Politics, and Social Identities,” Zestanakis examines the rapid expansion of motorcycling in the Greek

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Ehren Helmut Pflugfelder

of gender and identity developing as some of the most significant. We can understand matters of gender and power by (at least) two vectors: discursive formations in which language use frames experience, and individual performed experiences—ones that

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Fashioning Masculinities through Migration

Narratives of Romanian Construction Workers in London

Alexandra Urdea

migrants’ lives.” Transnational studies have for a long time had a gender-neutral approach to men, whose gender identity in the migration process was taken for granted ( K. Datta et al. 2009 , quoted in Souralová and Fialová 2017 ). More recently, studies

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Motorcycling in 1980s Athens

Popularization, Representational Politics, and Social Identities

Panagiotis Zestanakis

of motorcycling and the emergence of alternative forms of politicization in the 1980s and questions the construction and the performances of gender identities in relation to this phenomenon. In 1951, when, according to the General Census, Greece had 7

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From Ecuador to Elsewhere

The (Re)Configuration of a Transit Country

Soledad Álvarez Velasco

constitutional principles of “universal citizenship and free mobility,” of “equality between foreigners and nationals,” its commitment to safeguard “the right to seek asylum,” and to meet the “gradual elimination of the difference between nationals and foreigners

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Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Francesco Carella

strengthening of national development aid agencies that focus on South-South cooperation. 4 The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) 5 was established in 1974 by the UN General Assembly to promote, coordinate, and support South-South and