Foreword

How do we define ourselves?

How do we define others, and how do their identities affect our personal self-understanding?

How do we reconstruct our identity after struggles and protests and how do we rebuild confidence in who we are in society?

This spring, Entitled Magazine seeks to understand what ‘Identity’ means, individually and socially. Exploring the various processes that influence our self-definition – from the language (of norms and stereotypes) that has become internalized through education, the media or just generally our own cultural upbringing – expects us to look beyond a single settled notion of identity.

But Identities intersect, and depend upon the context in which we act – for instance, being labelled as an immigrant in one country, or an ally in another. Current issues surrounding national identity and citizenship are recurring in popular media and are of increasing influence in political debates and policy. LGBTQA+ rights, alternative feminism and the increased recognition of intersectionalities have placed the very definition of identity, and its presumed rigidity, in the spotlight.

The only way to explore the depths of these issues, and their immanent effects on our social reality, is to listen – to read, to explore and empathize with others’ personal stories. This is what Entitled Magazine aims to showcase in our upcoming issue: the stories, the encounters, the explorations that have given meaning and a form to our identification, whether that be personal, communal, or national identification. We all struggle to try and harness some idea of who we are; from our childhood, from our very upbringing we are given norms, boundaries, and labels that limit the struggles and aspirations that come with being merely human in our contemporary time. But if we revolt, if we recreate spaces, new means of expressing that utterly complex individuality/sociality within ourselves, then perhaps we can gain a bit more insight into who we define ourselves to be.

Who are you?