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Nationalism – the virus that went viral

Throughout Europe we see a rise in nationalism. Even in countries previously thought least likely to harbour such sentiments, people are turning inward, looking at their own country, culture and language. Nationalist thought is dominating the European discussion on the refugee crisis. It feeds into an increase in racism and explains the current popularity of right-wing, populist parties. Does the growth of nationalism mean the end of the European Union?

Great thinkers from all over Europe will come together to discuss this European phenomenon. Where do these nationalist sentiments originate? Is nationalism a shared European issue, or should we explain its popularity per region? Is nationalism a virus that must be fought against, and if so, how?


A pressing debate with Croatian writer, journalist and essayist Slavenka Drakulić, the English political philosopher Phillip Blond, and others. Join the debate – June 1st, 20:30, Forum on European Culture, Amsterdam.

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Women Memory on the Witches from Rio

The website Women Memory – Gender Dimension brings to light one of the greater media scandals of the early 1990s, the case of the media ostracism of Jelena LovrićRada IvekovićSlavenka DrakulićVesna Kesić and Dubravka Ugrešić, known as the Witches from Rio. As feminists, they were accused of spreading lies to Croatian people and being anti-nationalist. Here you can see the selection of articles about the whole scandal. It all started with the 1992 article in Croatian weekly Globus, entitled “Croatian Feminists Rape Croatia”.

The website Women Memory – Gender Dimension is dedicated to women’s memories of resistance to war and nationalisms in the countries of former Yugoslavia, but also to the activities of all women in the world who, in the context of transitional processes, raise their voice against war violence and discrimination.

The chronology of the Witches from Rio case can also be tracked on the website of the international organization Women’s World.