Events

Leonardo DiCaprio and his activism

Leonardo DiCaprio and online activism

Article
Iris Dumoulin
26/02/2020
13 minutes to read

Leonardo DiCaprio has been stealing hearts since the '90s. But next to his acting, he has also been an environmental activist. To this day, his online posts encourage others to change the world. Can such a famous actor honestly be an activist?

Disney castle Florida

Disney Parks and soft globalization

Article
Joël Grassère
14/02/2020
14 minutes to read

Disney has spread its Parks all over the world but faces new challenges that can only be solved by adapting its product to local cultures. The article explores how local and global forces together with Disney's identity influence their products.

Eurovision as a platform for international politics

Article
Anouk Smeets
24/03/2020
15 minutes to read

This article examines how the Eurovision Song Contest can become a platform for contestants to make political statements through their performances and the curation of their identities.

Londoners on Brexit

Article
Nando Sigona
13/12/2019
4 minutes to read

Nando Sigona (Birmingham University) argues that London is a EU capital and its superdiversity offers a more welcoming space for EU citizens than elsewhere in Europe. 

digital media, revolution politics

Revolutions, the digital divide and working-class media

Column
Ana Deumert
25/10/2018
7 minutes to read

Can digital media be used to organize revolutions and uprisings? Ana Deumert considers digital social inequalities in social media use, and explores their implications for developing a radical politics of the commons. 

Qanon, Qarmy, Trump

QArmy vs. QAnon Debunkers: The role of confirmation bias

Paper
Federica Morgandi
23/03/2020
12 minutes to read

QAnon is an American conspiracy theory associated with Trump supporters and right-wing politics. How can one article - which seeks to explain what QAnon is - influence debunkers and believers of the theory?

Poster Extinction Rebellion on a lamppost

Extinction Rebellion's Global Hunger Strike

Article
Merel Groot
27/01/2020
15 minutes to read

Controversial activist movement Extinction Rebellion organized a Global Hunger Strike to raise awareness on food shortages globally, urging governments to take action. This article examines how they used Facebook's affordances for their campaign.

Body Morphing on Instagram

Article
Mariosé Bergsteijn
23/10/2019
11 minutes to read

Celebrities morph their online self-presentation, because when you look like and do things that are not recognizable by the masses, you are perceived as abnormal and therefore do not belong in society.

Elizabeth Warren and Facebook

Elizabeth Warren's battle against paid political speech

Article
Jelske van Es
28/01/2020
14 minutes to read

Since unregulated paid political advertising is still not banned from all social media platforms, Elizabeth Warren has become a central figure in the battle against this spread of misinformation to curtail its influence on the 2020 elections.

Trump

Trump, why do people love you?

Article
Blean Tsige
14/01/2019
15 minutes to read

The purpose of this article is an attempt to understand the support system Trump has developed throughout his presidency. Likewise, I am trying to criticize and highlight aspects of his journey.  

 

Salmon sushi is not a Japanese invention?!

Article
Wesly Ye
27/01/2020
12 minutes to read

Salmon sushi was not a Japanese, but a Norwegian invention. Before calling it one of their favorite sushi toppings, the Japanese had to have salmon sushi introduced to them by Norwegian businessmen motivated by hard globalization imperatives.

Play and metapolitics in Angry Goy II

Paper
Shannon Verhoef
06/05/2019
13 minutes to read

This article examines how videogame Angry Goy 2 constructs its anti-Semitic and white supremacist messages, and if this videogame is ready to effectively enter and succeed in the metapolitical arena.

A Women's March protester holds up a MeToo sign

Will the #MeTooVoters make a difference in the 2020 elections?

Article
Maartje van Wagenberg
09/03/2020
11 minutes to read

The founders of the #MeToo movement have recently launched a new hashtag: #MeTooVoter. What is the purpose of this hashtag and what are the chances of success for the #MeTooVoter movement in the 2020 elections?