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Disconnect to connect: The politics of disconnectivity in the film Captain Fantastic

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Thao Nguyen
20/11/2017
20 minutes to read

Disconnectivity has more than a negative connotation: it is a political gesture that ultimately boils down to connecting differently. Fiction film provides a discursive space to imagine alternatives to ubiquitous connectivity.

When “integration” divides

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Janus Spindler Møller
20/11/2017
5 minutes to read

When theoretical concepts become politicized, they are re-interpreted to fit political strategies.  A prime example is the term “integration”. In Denmark it functions as a normative tool to adjust behavior, rather than creating new unities.

Learn Dutch or leave the country: the role of language in Dutch integration policies

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Han Dou
20/11/2017
11 minutes to read

There is an ongoing trend for European nation states to use their own nationãl language to determine what it means to be "one of us". A close look at relevant policies can reveal what a "language threshold" really means.

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

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Ilse Ghekiere
20/11/2017
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.

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Dit is Londen (Ben Judah)

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Jan Blommaert
13/11/2017
5 minutes to read

In "Dit is London" schetst Ben Judah de Unheimlichkeit van superdiversiteit.

Charlotte Mutsaers: 'Ik ben een verteller, die mode dat alles waar moet zijn, daar heb ik niets mee.’

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Sander Bax
12/11/2017
12 minutes to read

'De akelige controverse over Charlotte Mutsaers’ vermeende handel in kinderporno maakt opnieuw duidelijk hoe veel moeite onze mediacultuur heeft met (literaire) fictie', zegt literatuurwetenschapper Sander Bax.

Beyoncé - Queen Mother?

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The Editors
09/11/2017

Beyoncé Knowles, one of the world's most influential female entertainers, is about to deliver her twins. The visual story of her pregnancy has culminated in the construction of her public identity as the world's mother.

How to Get Away with Losing a Language

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Anca Costea
08/11/2017
5 minutes to read

The case of Maria, a Romanian student whose Romanian isn’t.... very Romanian anymore.

Intensive animal farming is a ticking time bomb

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Tessa Chaplin
07/11/2017
3 minutes to read

Intensive farming methods are bad for animals and humans. The effect of large scale production creates a situation whereby animal diseases are easily spread. 

Why you should not take participants in reality shows seriously

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Nesrine Benyakhlaf
10/11/2017
7 minutes to read

Everybody loves a good reality television show, right? However, these shows aren't as innocent as they seem. This article argues that reality shows aren't as innocent as they seem.

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Will K-pop ‘conquer the World’ ?

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Manouk Boelhouwers
03/11/2017
13 minutes to read

The new Korean wave has been very successful, but is it successful enough to conquer the world? And if it does, will it still be K-pop?

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Macron on post-modernism

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Jan Blommaert
02/11/2017
4 minutes to read

Macron's distaste of post-modernism is actually a distaste for critical journalism attacking his very own Grand Narrative.

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Catfish: The TV Show (MTV)

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Irene de Groot
01/11/2017
3 minutes to read

In Catfish: the TV show hosts Nev and Max help people who are head over heels about someone they met online. A review.

Harvey Weinstein, Anne Faber and #metoo: what de Sade can teach us about abuse in society

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Odile Heynders
31/10/2017
4 minutes to read

Harassment, Abuse and humiliation are widely discussed nowadays. Odile Heynders uses the work of de Sade and Nabokov to argue that these are not issues of different sexes, but of the organization of how we perceive society.

Pretstudies in een pretcultuur: over spelletjes, kennis en samenleven

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Jan Blommaert
30/10/2017
4 minutes to read

Pretstudies afschaffen? Johan Huizinga zag er net het wezen van onze samenleving in.

The Emotes of Twitch

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Jeroen van der Weijden
27/10/2017
23 minutes to read

This paper aims to explore the linguistic landscape of Twitch.tv. Three different emotes taken from three streams are analysed. The results indicate that the usage of these emotes is universal; that they are highly mobile and complex.