Tommy Wieringa: de gedoodverfde winnaar

Article
Sander Bax
07/12/2018
9 minutes to read

Tot twee keer toe werd in november een literaire prijs uitgereikt aan een veelbesproken talkshowtafel. De gesprekken die daar gevoerd werden, maakten duidelijk met welke uitdagingen de mediagenieke schrijver van vandaag te maken krijgt. 

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How did catfishing come into our society?

Article
Anna Meerts
05/12/2018
10 minutes to read

This article deals with one of the downsides of digitalization called catfishing. Do you know what online phenomenon 'Catfishing' is? This article provides the answer.

Dr. Ico Maly from Tilburg University recently published 'De hedendaagse antiverlichting' (The contemporary anti-Enlightenment). In this video he explains how politicians are propagating anti-Enlightenment ideas under the flag of 'democracy', and why — within this discourse — the nation is key. 

The supposed authenticity of social media celebrities

Article
Aniek van den Brandt
03/12/2018
8 minutes to read

Social media celebrities are a phenomenon from the last decade. They seem to be authentic and just like you. Or rather, that's what they want you to believe.

On the freedom to protest

Column
Ana Deumert
29/11/2018
7 minutes to read

A recent South African court ruling ended the requirement to give notification to the authorities before setting up protest actions. Ana Deumert agrees and in this column she reflects on the right to protest as central to democratic citizenship.

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The Global Compact on Migration and its discontents

Column
Jan Blommaert
27/11/2018
7 minutes to read

The Global Compact for Migration has "evidence-based public discourse" as one of its objectives. Remarkably, this requirement has led to huge controversy. Are we moving towards a fact-free open society?

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Plastic surgery and the quest for the perfect selfie in South Korea

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
26/11/2018
15 minutes to read

Plastic surgeries changed the world. In this article, we are going to talk about the measures taken to make an ordinary picture on your Instagram account “on point” and what some are willing to do in order to score those 10.000+ likes.

How could K-pop gain fans worldwide?

Article
Jiyong Choi
23/11/2018
16 minutes to read

How has K-pop spread around the world the way it has? This article examines precisely that question, from various angles.

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Twitter threads and supervernaculars

Article
Victoria Mohr
22/11/2018
10 minutes to read

This article utilizes Blommaert's concept of the supervernacular to analyze the communicative conventions of "Twitter threads" , and how they are mutually constructed by users and the restrictions of the platform. 

Empress Theodora: A feminist at the dawn of the Middle Ages

Article
Nikos Papadopoulos
21/11/2018
11 minutes to read

We often think of feminism of something that started with the 19th century suffragette movements. This article, however, shows that ancient empress Theodora of Byzanthium was one of the precursors of modern-day feminism.

Anders Behring Breivik and the Knights Templar.

Paper
Lida Nout
20/11/2018
9 minutes to read

Anders Behring Breivik was seen as a 'lone wolf', but also self-identified as a member of an ancient Christian martial order, the Knights Templar. How did he use this precursor in developing his worldview?

How drinking pints led to Brexit. Getting Britain to vote Leave.

Article
j.a.n.vogel@uvt.nl Vogel
19/11/2018
12 minutes to read

In the European debate, many people were against Nigel Farage, the 'alcoholic lying radical racist'. But Britain ended up leaving Europe, so Farage must have done something right to win that many votes, right?