VOL. XI – Identity and Place: A Discussion of Borders, Transformation, Histories, and Movements

  • From Trebizond to Kallithea: Pontian Greeks, Perceptions of Greekness, and the Birth of Modern States
    By Isaure Vorstman Abstract Between the eighth and sixth centuries B.C., a colony of Greek merchants and sailors left mainland Greece to settle on the northeastern coast of Asia Minor, on the shores of the Black Sea, in a territory they baptised “Πόντος,” (“Pontos”) literally meaning “sea.” There they developed a distinct identity, culture, and … Read more
  • Oil, Gas & Modernisation in Russia: Policy Memorandum
    By Sylvia Lorico To: Charles Michel, President of the European Council From: Members of the EU Commission for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Subject: Policy Memorandum “Intensifying the Impact of Economic Sanctions on Russia in the Wake of Prolonged Conflict in Ukraine” Date: 04/11/2022 Introduction: This memorandum analyzes the impact of the European Union’s (EU’s) … Read more
  • Soviet Women’s Acceptance of Infantilization as a Means of Compromise, Resistance, and Denial on the Frontlines of World War II and Beyond
    By Julia-Maria Xavier Content Warning: Sexual Assault Abstract World War II was marked by the violent acquisition of land, shaping, and re-shaping of territories and populations both in its immediacy and  aftermath. For citizens of the Soviet Union, like most other nations, defending their territory was an issue of patriotism, in which all citizens were … Read more
  • Everybody’s got to Live, or Not? Evaluating the Care of Refugees in Greece during the COVID-19 Pandemic
    By Michaela Nudo Content Warning: Sexual Assualt Abstract The following paper seeks to review and analyze the treatment of displaced people, specifically refugees, in Greece, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes COVID-19 safety measures, lockdown restrictions, and vaccination programs. I subsequently discuss specific challenges and barriers to successful safety and vaccination measures for vulnerable populations. … Read more
  • The Role of Memory Politics in Contemporary Serbia: Why does 1389 Still Matter in 2022?
    By Olivia Pape Abstract:             This article discusses the way in which the contemporary Serbian government appropriates collective memory of the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s, as well as the construction of the memory narrative upon which the contemporary Serbian state is built. By analyzing relevant scholarship, this essay explores the roots of contemporary Serbian … Read more
  • Belgian Artists in Exile, 1914-1918
    By Emily Grenon In 1916, La League des Artistes Belges [the League of Belgian Artists] published an illustrated volume in association with the magazine Colour. This collection, Belgian Art in Exile: A Representative Gallery of Modern Belgian Art, was intended to raise money for three charities: The Belgian Red Cross, the Convalescent Home for Belgian … Read more
  • Passport to Reprieve: Global Movements and Camaraderie During the Second World War
    By Susan Samardjian Content Warning: Genocide Sonia Caplan, Passport to Reprieve. Canada: Azrieli Foundation, 2021. xi + 209 pp., with illustrations. ISBN: 9781989719169 (sc). Price: CAD$14.95. “The complexity of our lot struck me so forcefully that I was staggered again and heard myself exclaiming, ‘If I live to tell the story, nobody will believe it.’”1 … Read more
  • The Effects of Satire and Cinematography in Sergei Loznitsa’s Donbass
    By Haley Forgacs Sergei Loznitsa’s film, Donbass, provides a glimpse into the harsh reality of war in eastern Ukraine during the late 2010s and those experiencing the conflict first hand.[1] Through a series of loosely related episodes, Loznitsa weaves satire through sobering depictions of life in this chaotic, war-torn landscape to paint a bleak and … Read more
  • Discontent on the Surface: A Brief Look into Murals, Bonfires and Discourse in Northern Ireland
    By Benjamin Marshall Abstract The violent outset of The Troubles in Northern Ireland in the late 1960s has taken a religiously and culturally divided society and added an element of extremism, terrorism, segregation, and sectarianism. Both sides have flown their own flags, literally and figuratively with pro-paramilitary songs and parades, car-bombings, targeted shootings, and constant … Read more

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