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Florian Lippert

Florian Lippert

Theme-group Fellow

Current Ideals of “Cultural Sameness” within Europe

Research Question

How have idea(l)s of “cultural sameness” within Europe developed in recent political communication and in public perceptions?

Project Description

Idea(l)s of cultural sameness within Europe have had a long history. On the one hand, they have been used to promote inclusion, integration and cosmopolitanism, e.g. in the context of the “ever closer” EU. On the other hand, today even anti-migration movements and nationalist parties defend their exclusionary and discriminatory agendas by referring to an alleged sameness on an explicitly European scale – be it by means of “European Patriotism” (Identitarian Movement, Pegida) or in the rightwing rallying cry of “Towards a Common Sense Europe”. This project will investigate such changing idea(l)s of “cultural sameness” in political communication and compare them with citizens’ views.

Selected Publications

1) Lippert, F., Public Self-reflection in the Context of the European Migrant Crisis: Towards a new transdisciplinary Model of Discourse Analysis in Politics, Media and the Arts.,In: Journal of European Studies, vol. 49, 3-4, 2019, 336–353. https://doi.org/10.1177/0047244119859173

2) Lippert, F. & Schmid, M., Read thyself. Cultural Self-Reflection and the Relevance of Literary Self-Labels. In: F. Lippert, M. Schmid (eds.), Self-reflection in Literature, Leiden & Boston: Brill/Rodopi 2020, 1-19. https://brill.com/view/book/9789004407114/BP000001.xml

3)  Lippert, F., Uncanny Europe. Derridean Hauntologies of History, Unity and Identity in Films by Nikolaus Geyrhalter. In: Austrian Studies, vol. 29, 2021, 144-160. https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5699/austrianstudies.29.2021.0144


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