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#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.

Fandom in times of superdiversity: the case of Sherlock

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Suzanne Frenk
20/11/2017
14 minutes to read

By applying Howard Becker's theory, as well as theories on superdiversity, to a community of fans on Tumblr, this article attempts to shed some light on the internal workings of the JohnLock Conspiracy community in the digital age.

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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?

The end of Academia.edu: how business takes over, again

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Ico Maly
28/04/2017
3 minutes to read

Academia.edu used to be a refreshing and very useful platform for academics and students all over the world. That has ended with academia.edu introducing  the ‘paid search’, says Ico Maly (Tilburg University).  

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.

Cardboard and Old Glory: reading protest signs at the demonstrations against Trump’s travel ban

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Marissa K. Wood
25/10/2017
18 minutes to read

What do signs used by protesters tell us about the movements they support? Read this analysis of protest signs in response to President Trump's travel ban to find out. 

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.

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Black Lives Matter too: from #hashtag to movement

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Iris Wijers
26/09/2017
28 minutes to read

The Black Lives Matter movement has become a real phenomenon in American society. Iris Wijers analyzes this powerful and polarizing movement.  

The YouTube censorship controversy: How YouTube's ad-pocalypse is silencing creators

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Zoë Gielen
10/07/2017
4 minutes to read

YouTube's ad-system is being boycotted by major brands; as a result YouTube started silencing their 'controversial' creators. Is this right?

Should big data determine who gets pulled over?

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Paul Mutsaers
12/09/2017
4 minutes to read

Predictive policing  is often claimed to be a technical matter superior to traditional policing, with all its human flaws. I argue for a cultural approach to predictive policing, centered on the cultural shaping of police technologies. 

Representation of the Zef Culture by Die Antwoord

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Lisa Wijvekate
13/07/2017
16 minutes to read

Die Antwoord is a South African hip hop group that represents the South African Zef culture. This paper analyses the way the song 'Fatty Boom Boom' uses symbols and icons to represent Zef culture.

Donald Trump online

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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.

Niggas be like...

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Samantha Lonsdale
20/11/2017
19 minutes to read

What message do Black internet memes convey in regards to language and culture, and how can this phenomenon be understood from a perspective of globalization?

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Queen mother: how Beyoncé evolved into the world’s mother

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Suzanne van der Beek
13/06/2017
8 minutes to read

The many identities that Beyoncé has set out throughout her career seem to culminate in the visual story of her pregnancy. 

Een gesprek met Jeroen Olyslaegers

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Sander Bax
23/12/2016

Auteur Jeroen Olyslaegers wordt geïnterviewd door literatuurwetenschapper Sander Bax en sociolinguïst Jan Blommaert. Verwacht je aan een boeiend gesprek over Wil, politiek en cultuur.