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Enacting Citizenship

A Case Study of a Syrian Refugee Protest in Germany

Lucia Volk

station, a more central location ( Volk 2021 ). Of the 200 refugees, 50 would stay in the train station plaza on any given day and sleep in sleeping bags under plastic tarps, demanding that their asylum applications be processed faster. Their protest made

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States of Displacement: Middle Eastern Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons and Asylum Seekers in Global Context

Lucia Volk and Marcia C. Inhorn

the world ( Volk and Inhorn 2021 ). It is important to distinguish clearly between “refugees” and “asylum seekers.” Every asylum seeker is a refugee, but not all refugees become asylum seekers ( Gibney 2004 ). For asylum to be claimed, a person must

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Publications and Conferences

Joel W. Abdelmoez, Lucia Volk, and Marcia C. Inhorn

forms of activism and alliance building with local populations. In some cases, resettlement in host societies is successful, marking the end of suffering and the beginning of new lives. Lucia Volk, San Francisco State University and Marcia C. Inhorn

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"Wir Sind Das Volk"

Narrative Identity and the Other in the Discourse of the PEGIDA Movement

Adrian Paukstat and Cedric Ellwanger

PEGIDA, the self-proclaimed ‘Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the Occident’ movement is a highly debated topic in Germany. Over the course of the refugee crisis it has become clear that this movement would not perish as quickly as many analysts thought. The authors investigated PEGIDA's narrative identity (Ricoeur 2005) in relation to their conceptions of Self and Other, using Keller's (2008) Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse (SKAD). In this, the authors utilize discourse-related paradigms to reconstruct subject positions and narrative identities, as articulated in public speeches and commentary of PEDGIDA supporters in 2014-5. Beyond the issue of PEGIDA itself, this study aims to introduce new paradigms on collective political identity, which can also shed new light on the issue of populist movements in a time of a legitimacy crisis of the European Union and the growing numbers seeking refuge in Europe.

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Victor Neumann

This article explores the controversial issue of concepts defining the East-Central European Romanian and Hungarian identities (nem, neam, popor, nép). It specifically focuses on the translation and adaptation of the German concept of nation by examining the inclusive or exclusive meanings this concept acquired in these two languages and political cultures during the first half of the nineteenth century.

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Eunike Piwoni

There seems to be a wide consensus in the academic community that the Holocaust is gradually losing significance in the German public. This development is clearly reflected in public elite discourse on national identity, where “Holocaust-centered memory” has ceased to be hegemonic. In the literature, several interpretations and reasons have been presented to explain this development. This paper contributes to the debate by arguing that the declining presence of Holocaust-centered arguments in intellectual elite discourse on national identity is due to a new consensual idea of German nationhood. Based on an event-oriented discourse analysis of more than 800 articles in opinion-leading newspapers, journals and magazines covering a period of more than twenty years, I argue that in national identity discourse, the Holocaust has never been—as is usually assumed—a blockade to displays of national identity in general, but only to a specific interpretation of the German nation as a Volk and as an exclusionist culture nation. By contrast, the idea of nationhood that dominates in the German public sphere today, the civic nation model, has never invoked Holocaust-centered counter-arguments—not even in the Historikerstreit in the 1980s. Thus, over the past three decades, the way national identity discourse has operated might have changed less than had often been assumed. The central argument of this paper is that the Holocaust has become a “latent”—but not a less consequential—argumentative resource.

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Death of a Statesman – Birth of a Martyr

Martyrdom and Memorials in Post–Civil War Lebanon

Are John Knudsen

studies of war and memory ( Haugbolle 2010 ; Larkin 2012 ), memory and space ( Sawalha 2010 ) and public mourning ( Segneurie 2011 ). The most recent addition is Lucia Volk’s (2010) seminal work on memorials and martyrs in Lebanon. Volk examines a variety

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The Will of the People?

Carl Schmitt and Jean-Jacques Rousseau on a Key Question in Democratic Theory

Samuel Salzborn

ruling themselves, but by the collective taking control—the people as ethnos and not demos. This is an argumentatively interesting point, as the German term for “people” is Volk , which actually permits both interpretations: it means both “people” and

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Thomas Klikauer

Wildt, Volk, Volksgemeinschaft, AfD (Hamburg: Hamburger Edition Press, 2017). Gerd Wiegel, Ein aufhaltsamer Aufstieg—Alternativen zu AfD & Co . (Cologne: PapyRossa Press, 2017). Reviewed by Thomas Klikauer, Management, Western Sydney University

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A Journey to Australia

Travel, Media, and the Politics of Representation

Helen Bones

produced a unique reimagining of Australia in geopolitical terms as Raum ohne Volk (space without people). Ross used cinematic techniques to draw out themes explored in his book The Unfinished Continent (1930), which suggests that Australia