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“We Must Talk about Cologne”

Race, Gender, and Reconfigurations of “Europe”

Beverly Weber

Introduction In the weeks following the New Year’s Eve sexualized violence reported at the Cologne train station, two images appeared in the German press that pointedly demonstrate the ways in which this violence played into racialized fears

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Aygen Erdentug

The Santa Claus figure, the Christmas tree and decorations that are associated with this Christian holiday have been adopted by liberal consumers in Turkey, a Muslim country. These Turks envisage Santa Claus, in his trademark red suit, as a gift bearer on the occasion of New Year's Eve. This societal development has consolidated the cultural distance not only between the upper and lower classes but also between the established middle class and the flourishing, new conservative middle class. In protest, the religiously conservative have produced sombre 'alternative gatherings' to remind Turks of their Muslim heritage.

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regions, but social tensions are manifesting themselves in different forms, from the fallout from electoral divisions in the Unites States to terrorism in Europe and Turkey. The New Year’s Eve attacks in Istanbul demonstrate the complexity of political

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“Racism Is Not An Opinion”

Muslim Responses to Pegida and Islamophobia in Germany

Karolin Machtans

one voice might silence necessary debates among the different Islamic associations in Germany. The latter became especially obvious in the debates about the New Year’s Eve 2015/2016 attacks in Cologne. During the New Year’s Eve celebrations, groups

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Understanding Germany’s Short-lived “Culture of Welcome”

Images of Refugees in Three Leading German Quality Newspapers

Maximilian Conrad and Hugrún Aðalsteinsdóttir

of welcome” and the debate ensuing in the aftermath of the New Year’s Eve events around Cologne Cathedral, which resulted in a profound shift in Germany’s discourse on refugees and the accompanying “culture of welcome”. The newspaper sample includes

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A Clash of Civilizations?

Pegida and the Rise of Cultural Nationalism

David N. Coury

, the chaos and sexual assaults that occurred on New Year’s Eve 2015 in front of the Cologne train station seemed to confirm Pegida’s worst nightmares and fueled the flames of those arguing for the incommensurability of Islamic and Western cultural

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Making Multitemporality with Houses

Time Trickery, Ethical Practice and Energy Demand in Postcolonial Britain

Roxana Moroşanu

programme – as a friend. In their early seventies and retired, they have hosted many students from all over the world through this scheme, sometimes for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. With some of their guests, such as myself, they formed long

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The “Alternative for Germany”

Factors Behind its Emergence and Profile of a New Right-wing Populist Party

Frank Decker

streams. The Islamic terrorist attacks in Paris as well as the sexual assaults perpetrated mainly by North Africans on New Year’s Eve in Cologne also played into the party’s hands, as did conflicts within the government about reforming the country’s asylum

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Pegida as a European Far-Right Populist Movement

Helga Druxes and Patricia Anne Simpson

European cultures in an agonistic struggle. In her article, Beverly Weber analyzes the specifically racialized and sexualized images that circulated in response to the New Year’s Eve violence as it was represented in print and social media. This

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Gendered Images and Soviet Subjects

How the Komsomol Archive Enriched My Understanding of Gender in Soviet War Culture

Adrienne M. Harris

month, perhaps as a warning, and on New Year’s Eve inebriated Nazis stabbed it with bayonets and cut off the left breast before finally burying it. After the area’s liberation several weeks later, Petr Lidov, a correspondent for the Soviet newspaper