National Identities explores the correlation/mapping between identity, people, state and nation, and examines the complexities of how national identities are created, represented and adopted in any period from antiquity to the current day, and from any geographical location. The focus of the journal is on identity, on how cultural factors (language, architecture, music, gender, religion, the media, sport, encounters with ‘the other’ etc.) and political factors (state forms, wars, boundaries) contribute to the formation and expression of national identities and on how these factors have been shaped and changed over time. The historical significance of ‘nation’ in political and cultural terms is considered in relationship to other important and in some cases countervailing forms of identity such as religion, region, tribe or class.
The variety of viewpoints published in the journal engenders a multifaceted understanding of national identity, and the journal therefore welcomes papers from a wide range of disciplines, including literature, history, geography, religion, sociology, and architecture among others. Comparative perspectives are encouraged, and the journal features regular review essays as well as book reviews.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
From barbarian other to chosen people: the etymology, ideology and evolution of ‘nation’ at the shifting edge of medieval Western Christendom
Michel Bouchard & Gheorghe Bogdan
Reframing national locality: religious minorities using history to transform local experience in Georgia
‘And ever give us cause’: Understanding the investments of the ‘Ur-anthem’, ‘God Save the King/Queen’
Nationalism in Western art music: a reassessment
Robert Paul Kolt
Between Darius and Khomeini: exploring Iran's national identity problematique
Alam Saleh & James Worrall
Beacon for change. How the 1951 Festival of Britain shaped the modern age/The Lion and the Unicorn: symbolic architecture for the Festival of Britain 1951
Being Danish: Paradoxes of identity in everyday life
Jes Fabricius Møller