the help review

The Help (Movie director: Tate Taylor. Book author: Kathryn Stockett)

Review
Julia van der Staak
23/05/2018
7 minutes to read

The movie 'The Help', first released in 2011, is based on the well known and like-named novel, by Kathryn Stockett. The story is a good portrayal of multiculturalism and inequality within the American society of the 1960s. 

Unicorn Snot

The transformation of the Unicorn: What happened to the real magic?

Article
Seline Westerhof
08/06/2018
12 minutes to read

The cultural values of the unicorn seem to have been transformed into a commodity product in the past 10 years. In this article, the past and the present appearance of the mythical creature will be analyzed and discussed. 

Ramptoeristen! Waarom schrijvers ons over hun scheiding vertellen

Article
Sander Bax
15/03/2018
11 minutes to read

Schrijvers als Suzanne Rethans, Henk van Straten en Elke Geurts schrijven erg openhartig over het stuklopen van hun relatie. Sander Bax laat zien dat hier een fundamenteel mechanisme van de hedendaagse literaire mediacultuur aan ten grondslag ligt.

Donald Trump online

Paper
Asya Krusteva
01/02/2017
10 minutes to read

Donald Trump knows very well that mediated visibility can be used as a political instrument and weapon. So instead of trying to control this mediated visibility, he uses mediated controversy as his strategy.

GDPR

We're all data subjects now: the citizen in the European GDPR

Column
Jan Blommaert
28/05/2018
7 minutes to read

The new European GDPR generalizes the notion of the "data subject". But what exactly is the data subject? And how does it fit into a regulation which is fundamentally about the trading of Big Data?

Alan Kurdi graffiti

The ship, the child, and the refugee debate in Europe

Column
Jan Blommaert
15/06/2018
7 minutes to read

The current refugee debate in the EU has been deeply influenced by a small handful of iconic pictures documenting the predicament of refugees and highlighting the moral positions in the debate.

Stop hating your body

Body culture, identity risks and NEDA week

Article
Meauraine van Gorp
05/03/2018
4 minutes to read

What if what you see in the mirror is not how you want others to see you? Find it out in this article on body culture, identity risks and NEDA week.

Women protesting against sexism for equality #metoo

#Wetoo: What dancers talk about when they talk about sexism

Paper
Ilse Ghekiere
22/01/2018
13 minutes to read

From recurring Lolita-fantasies on stage to auditioning naked and backstage power abuse; female dancers talk about the repercussions of a professional reality that celebrates unclear borders.

constructing authenticity

How to appear authentic in a digital world

Paper
Miah Moos
03/04/2018
23 minutes to read

How authentic are we really? The increase of digital influencers and the pressure on users to reach a certain following or look a certain way before posting a photo, questions the idea of online authenticity. 

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'Westworld' - The Contemporary Jurassic Park You Cannot Miss Watching (Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy)

Review
Kristiana Naydenova
14/05/2018
5 minutes to read

The new HBO series 'Westworld' is intelligent and full of mysteries for the patient viewer to uncover. Everyone interested in exploring the humand mind and behavior will love it. 

Netta Barzilai Eurovision

Eurovision 2018: Cowboys, Geisha’s and Metoo

Article
Inge van de Ven
15/05/2018
7 minutes to read

The Eurovision finale last Saturday sparked controversy regarding cultural appropriation by the winner. The online reception of this event is very revealing with respect to the politics of representation of our time.