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

Column
Ico Maly
22/02/2018
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).  

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#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.

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.

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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Why is Taylor Swift associated with the Alt-Right movement?

Article
Jady van Leusden
16/02/2018
18 minutes to read

Taylor Swift is the embodyment of the perfect Nazi woman. At least, according to some members of the alt-right movement. But why? This is an article on the images behind the pop-icon and the Alt-Right movement. And finds a connection.

Conspiracy theorising online

Article
Piia Varis
21/05/2018
11 minutes to read

Conspiracy theorising online is not only an interesting object of research in itself, says Piia Varis (Tilburg University) but as a phenomenon it also seems fruitful ground for understanding present-day media, culture, and politics more generally.

Voguing by definition: self-expression within the LGBTQ-community

Article
Fleur Aarts
24/03/2017
5 minutes to read

Voguing is a form of expressive dance, created in a time where being anything other than heterosexual was not accepted. Voguing is a lifestyle, wherein young men and women find a way to express their true selves without having to hide.

Representation of the Zef Culture by Die Antwoord

Paper
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.

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?

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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 .

The Emotes of Twitch

Paper
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.