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De politicus als leerkracht: over normen, waarden en taalgebruik

Column
Jan Blommaert
14/12/2017
5 minutes to read

Eén van de grote lessen van 2017 is dat politici zoals Trump enorme leereffecten produceren. Ze leren delen van de samenleving via hun communicatie een nieuwe reeks normen en waarden, een nieuw normaal. Politici "maken school".

Natuurlijk zijn wetenschappers bevooroordeeld, zei Karl Popper

Article
Jan Blommaert
15/12/2017
13 minutes to read

Wetenschappers die ervan uit gaan dat wat ze doen strikt objectief is zondigen tegen de visie van degene die ze vaak inroepen als autoriteit voor dat standpunt.

Social Media enabling vigilante justice

Paper
Roeline Machiels
11/12/2017
12 minutes to read

The justice system is there to ensure that people don't start acting as vigilantes. However, due to social media these kind of acts have increased again. This essay will discuss how online vigilante justice interferes with the law enforcement.

Black Lives Matter or Black Identity Extremist?

Column
Paul Mutsaers
11/12/2017
10 minutes to read

The question 'who is the victim?' is an important social directive that shapes the struggles for victimhood in which Black Lives Matters, U.S. police forces and their various (counter)publics are currently engaging. 

Discriminatory treatment of religious minorities in Indonesia

Article
Max Regus
12/12/2017
10 minutes to read

This article will discuss the status of religious minority groups in Indonesia. Its main focus is the discrimination these minorities still face on a daily basis. 

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On butterfly effects and terror

Column
Jan Blommaert
11/12/2017
5 minutes to read

Thinking about a freak traffic accident and its huge butterfly effects made me reflect on the similarities with terror attacks. Can such things be prevented at all?

De Nederlandse beautyvlogger Nikkie de Jager is een wereldwijd bekende celebrity

Article
Emily Tang
12/12/2017
5 minutes to read

Bij celebrities denken je in eerste instantie aan die ene goede acteur, of die topatleet. Ook Youtubers kunnen echter gezien worden als celebrity tegenwoordig.

Racism and online interracial dating communities in the 21st century

Paper
Mariska van Schijndel
12/12/2017
24 minutes to read

The emergence of the internet has provided us with all kinds of dating communities on websites and social media. This paper discusses how online interracial dating communities function in the 21st century.

Journalism in a time of crisis: why learning to read critically is important

Column
Odile Heynders
30/11/2017
4 minutes to read

Readers have to learn how to deal with online and offline sources and how to critically interpret texts, says Odile Heynders (Tilburg University) in an answer to Katherine Viner of The Guardian.

De Geest voorbij: geesteswetenschappelijke reflecties op gezondheidszorg

Academic paper
Jenny Slatman
04/12/2017
18 minutes to read

Zowel psychologisering als neurologisering gaan beide uit van een zeer mager begrip van lichamelijkheid. Jenny Slatman pleit voor een ruimere opvatting van lichamelijkheid die ook toegepast kan worden binnen medische praktijken.

Black Pete and Sinterklaas

Why Black Pete should no longer be black

Column
Roeline Machiels
12/12/2017
5 minutes to read

The character of Black Pete is meant to be inoffensive, according to most Dutch citizens, yet others still find the black-faced character highy offensive. It is time to change the looks of Black Pete once and for all.

Toen Cory Monteith doodging, stierf ook Finn Hudson

Article
Emily Tang
12/12/2017
4 minutes to read

Een analyse van de discursieve regimes rond de dood van de Amerikaanse acteur Cory Monteith.

The political GIF: the never-ending loop in presidential races

Paper
Iris Cuppen
24/11/2017
18 minutes to read

In this paper, the animated GIF is examined as a political tool that either destroys or builds the carefully constructed images of contemporary politicians. 

On the dangers of single stories: from the Haitian revolution to Ubuntu humanism

Column
Ana Deumert
23/11/2017
4 minutes to read

In this article Ana Deumert reflects on humanist philosophies from a global perspective, drawing attention, especially, to southern voices.

Integration, language and nationalism

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The Editors
21/11/2017

Across Europe, there is an ongoing trend for individual nation states to use their national language to determine what it means to be integrated into the society. 

Fandom in times of superdiversity: the case of Sherlock

Paper
Suzanne Frenk
20/11/2017
14 minutes to read

By applying Howard Becker's theory, as well as theories on superdiversity, to a community of fans on Tumblr, this article attempts to shed some light on the internal workings of the JohnLock Conspiracy community in the digital age.