Analysis of the the relevance of the current given national symbols in Germany, in particular of the view point of young German millennials, as well investigating the importance of national identity in todays fluent society.
Cross-border practices — the increasement of mobility — offer us new possibilities of identification across our own nation-state borders.
As this change and acceptance towards pluralism can be seen as a a benefit for a part of the society, for other an adaptation to this change is not possible and connected with the rejection of pluralism. This group shows a strongly identification with the given national symbols to promote their idea of national identity, such as seen with the so called Alternative for Germany, a right-wing populist party.
As national identity is influenced by acceptance and intolerance, we should ask ourselves if this is a society we would like to represent. We are in need to question national identity and emphasize the changing notion of nation and national identity in today’s post-migrant society that is shaped by fluent offers of identification.
2018—2019 Master Thesis Information Design Design Academy Eindhoven
Supervisors Joost Grootens, Gert Staal, Simon Davies, Vincent Thornhill, Irene Stracuzzi, Noortje Van Eekelen