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Northern Ireland faces rebordering after Brexit

For practical purposes, the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland no longer exists. Brexit will change that. Cathal McCall (Queen’s University Belfast) explores what this ‘rebordering’ will mean and asks whether Northern Ireland should not be left out of Brexit – despite the DUP’s opposition.

In the superb travelogue Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe Kapka Kassabova ruminates on […]

September 17th, 2018|Culture, Featured|5 Comments|

Book Review: The Language of Brexit by Steve Buckledee

In The Language of Brexit: How Britain Talked its Way Out of the European Union, Steve Buckledee analyses and compares the linguistic features of both sides of the UK ‘Brexit’ debate, placing these discursive techniques in wider social and historical context. Combining an accessible writing style and thoughtful analyses, the book will help open up and advance the academic discussion of Brexit […]

September 14th, 2018|Culture, Featured|0 Comments|
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    How Europe’s deteriorating peace is facilitating the rise of populism

How Europe’s deteriorating peace is facilitating the rise of populism

Results from the 2018 Global Peace Index, a quantitative measure of peace across 163 countries, show that Europe remains the most peaceful region in the world. But as José Luengo-Cabrera (Institute of Economics & Peace) notes, Europe’s peacefulness has been deteriorating in recent years. He argues that this deterioration has provided fertile ground for the rise of populist parties.

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Existential anxiety: how Leave and Remain became badges of self-identity

The division of British society into Leavers and Remainers has been one of the most disturbing aspects of Brexit discourse. Christopher Browning (University of Warwick) looks at how these identities have emerged from the deep and destabilising anxieties that the vote, and its aftermath, triggered.
Whether one is for or against (some form of) Brexit, it is evident that on all sides […]

September 10th, 2018|Culture, Featured|3 Comments|
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    Cultural backlash: the generational gap over Brexit is driven by authoritarian and populist values

Cultural backlash: the generational gap over Brexit is driven by authoritarian and populist values

Pippa Norris explains how generation gaps divide the electorate and mainstream parties. She writes that, while the EU referendum is a prime example of how these divisions play out in the UK, the changing nature of electoral cleavages raises important questions about politics and party competition in Western democracies more generally.

The Brexit decision shocked Britain’s image of itself, and […]

September 4th, 2018|Culture, Featured|1 Comment|
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    Outside the “London bubble”: listening to views on Brexit and migration in Jaywick

Outside the “London bubble”: listening to views on Brexit and migration in Jaywick

Jaywick is a Leave-supporting village in Essex, and one of the most deprived areas of the UK. Alexandra Bulat (SSEES, University of London) talked to some of the people living there about migration and Brexit.

“We voted Leave, right? Then there is nothing else to say about Brexit!”

“What do you mean by Brexit? Can you explain in layman’s language?”

“I don’t think […]

September 3rd, 2018|Culture, Featured, Migration|6 Comments|
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    The restoration of a ‘lost’ Britain: how nostalgia becomes a dangerous political force

The restoration of a ‘lost’ Britain: how nostalgia becomes a dangerous political force

For many Britons, everything was better in the past. Sophia Gaston writes that this is partly because governments have not always been successful at guiding citizens through times of social and economic change. She examines nostalgia as a political force in Britain and explains why politicians must address, rather than avoid questions about patriotism and identity.

The study of nostalgia […]

September 3rd, 2018|Culture, Featured|1 Comment|
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    In the era of Brexit and fake news, scientists need to embrace social media

In the era of Brexit and fake news, scientists need to embrace social media

Despite the near-constant clamour to do so, many academics remain understandably reluctant to use social media to communicate their research. But as well as increasing the diversity of the audiences academics reach with their work, Andy Tattersall (ScHARR) suggests social media can also serve an important purpose in the present era of Brexit and “fake news”. Social media can promote openness […]

August 31st, 2018|Culture, Featured|0 Comments|

Sovereignty: a false friend in the defence of national identity

Sovereignty is often invoked by Brexiters – yet it is an increasingly slippery concept in a globalised world, where the demands of trade and diplomacy force states to compromise their independence. Philip Allott (University of Cambridge) discusses why the EU’s lack of a common identity has enabled sovereignty to be deployed as a patriotic concept.

The debate on UK withdrawal […]

August 27th, 2018|Culture, Featured|3 Comments|

Orchestral manoeuvres, in the dark: what Brexit means for touring musicians

British orchestras tour widely in the EU – and when we leave, they will probably need work permits and special social security and health insurance arrangements, as well as facing delays at the border. Mark Pemberton (Association of British Orchestras) urges the government to ensure bilateral deals are in place to minimise the extra costs involved.

Heard every day in our concert halls, […]