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Why biometric data is not safe anymore

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
09/01/2019
7 minutes to read

Biometric data plays a huge role in our everyday lives. We use it to unlock our phones, for bank payments, memberships and travelling. But do we ever think about risks connected to our biometric privacy?

Emma Watson on Framing

Column
Jan Blommaert
21/05/2019
6 minutes to read

Emma Watson's Instagram reaction to the Alabama abortion bill accurately exposes the work of framing in public debates, and shows an educational use of social media. 

The Crown

The Crown: historically accurate or pure fiction?

Article
Tara van Dijk
11/11/2020
15 minutes to read

The Crown has become one of the most popular shows on Netflix and it has been praised for its accuracy. The show balances between historical accuracy and fictional elements. This article analyzes the balance the show strikes as a docudrama.

Squatting Slavs: a culture, a stereotype or just a meme?

Article
Kristiana Naydenova
08/11/2018
18 minutes to read

Is the Squatting Slav phenomenon helping Slavs express themselves or is it ruining their reputation? This article explores the emergence, historical background, popularization, culture and language of the meme.

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Farewell, Jan Blommaert

Article
Tom Van Hout
12/01/2021
2 minutes to read

Tom Van Hout says farewell to Jan Blommaert. He praises not only the academic, but also the man who normalized vulnerability

Matcha: Don't let yourself be fooled by superfoods

Article
Federica Morgandi
02/05/2019
9 minutes to read

Superfoods are hot, and so is Matcha, the powdered green tea. Matcha is more than just tea, it is a superfood, an identity emblem and a social media phenomenon. 

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The whitewashing of the 'art hoe' movement

Article
Marieke Weeda
13/01/2020
10 minutes to read

This article explores how the art hoe movement, meant as a space of creative expression for PoC (People of Colour) artists, got whitewashed into a mere aesthetic disconnected from its origins.

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My tribute to Jan Blommaert

Article
Christian Chun
07/01/2021
3 minutes to read

Christian Chun describes the impact of Jan Blommaert on his work: 'It is people like Jan Blommaert who has shown me in so many ways through his work, his teaching, his demeanor, his personality, and his humanity that indeed we can make academia a better world worth fighting for. '