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Tatar language classes optional in Tatarstan, Russia

Article
Daria Kholod
15/06/2018
4 minutes to read

How did it happen that Tatar, Russia’s second language ceased to be obligatory at schools in Tatarstan? And is this a case of minority languages oppression or something more?

Five years after the Snowden revelations

Column
Piia Varis
15/06/2018
8 minutes to read

Five years after the Snowden revelations, we're still more concerned with technological solutionism and individualistic models of privacy than addressing privacy as a common good.

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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.

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#BodyPositive: Disrupting Normativity Online

Article
Victoria Mohr
13/06/2018
11 minutes to read

#bodypositive has been used by more than 4 million users on Instagram. This paper uses a Foucauldian lens to explore how body positive Instagrammers counter normative discourses of the body in western societies. 

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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. 

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Black Panther, Economic Development, and Ancient Greece

Article
Donni Wang
07/06/2018
9 minutes to read

The core debate in the movie Black Panther revolves around the question of how a community should interact with the outside world. This, according to Donni Wang (Shanghai University) is where the lessons of ancient Greece kick in.

Soccer: A Society’s Reflection of Gender Equality

Article
Sammy Kossen
06/06/2018
13 minutes to read

The news of the Norwegian pay deal rapidly traveled to every corner of the globe, but is it reasonable to assume that the Norwegian pay deal affects the financial conditions of the Dutch women’s national soccer team as well?

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Towards a global language policy for emoji?

Paper
Jan Dijsselbloem
05/06/2018
26 minutes to read

Emoji are becoming an increasingly important part of people's repertoires for online text-based meaning making. From their history towards the possibility of a language policy, this article diggs into the characters that are so frequently used.

Mukbang: A ludic way to have a meal

Column
Natalia Wijayanti
05/06/2018
5 minutes to read

Mukbang culture introduces a ludic way to enjoy food. In what way does this new approach to food challenge existing ideas on healthy living?

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Forgive me father, for I hate women: anti-feminism and misogyny in the manosphere

Paper
Inge Beekmans
01/06/2018
19 minutes to read

Academics describe the manosphere as “a particularly toxic brand of anti-feminism”. It is a place where promoting rape is acceptable, but saying you hate women is not. This essay examines linguistic structures within the manosphere .