Events

The Dutch Railways' Language Policies

Article
Solange Coenegracht
30/11/2020
6 minutes to read

The use of English at the Dutch Railway Operator NS seems to be rather sporadic. The current article tries to find out what their language policy is regarding the use of English. The NS should opt for a more structured and well-defined policy.

Sexual monsters in a pandemic

Article
Tinka Krikke
19/11/2020
9 minutes to read

How are norms around sexual activity moralized as a tool for regulating behavior and controling the risk to society during the corona crisis? In this article, we discuss moral judgements on sexual encounters and masturbation in corona times.

Conspiracy theorising online

Article
Piia Varis
10/11/2019
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.

In the second episode of Babylon's Burning, we talk with Chrissy Cook (Tilburg University) on her research on trolls and trolling. Chrissy has spent the last four years of her life dedicated to studying this phenomenon.

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QAnon: The political capital of a conspiracy theory

Article
Lora Ditchev
10/05/2021
16 minutes to read

This article examines how QAnon became an umbrella for a variety of far-right conspiracy theories, and in unifying these ideas produced real political turmoil. 

The Ekphrastic Poetry of James R. Eads

Paper
Roeline Machiels
04/01/2021
20 minutes to read

Ekphrastic poetry is poetry which is linked with an art piece and written in reaction to an illustration. The art and text generally work together in order to generate new meaning. James R. Eads' works are a good example of ekphrastic poetry.

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The Age of Zoom Meetings for a person who stutters

Column
Jacob Berexa
28/05/2020
6 minutes to read

The Age of Zoom Meetings is especially difficult for people who stutter (PWS for short). Jacob Berexa explains why zoom is emotionally draining for people with PWS.

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I downloaded six period tracking apps and things got weird

Article
Victoria Mohr
24/05/2019
16 minutes to read

Using the concept of chronotopes, period tracking apps are analyzed for culturally significant priorities and constructions such as emphasis on fertility, medicalization, and feminity.

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The Amazon fires as talking to Bolsonaro

Article
Daniel Silva
10/10/2019
16 minutes to read

According to Daniel Silva, the Amazon Fires can best be considered as political talk: as digitally formatted practices trying to communicate with Bolsonaro. 

Play and metapolitics in Angry Goy II

Paper
Shannon Verhoef
06/05/2019
13 minutes to read

This article examines how videogame Angry Goy 2 constructs its anti-Semitic and white supremacist messages, and if this videogame is ready to effectively enter and succeed in the metapolitical arena.

Netflix series Emily In Paris

Emily in Paris: Bonjour clichés! (Darren Star)

Review
Tinka Krikke
05/05/2021
8 minutes to read

The new series 'Emily in Paris' has already received a lot of attention, but not without the critique. Parisians are routinely portrayed with a very essentialized and stereotypical national identity, which shapes our idea of 'Frenchness'. 

Facebook and the Rohingya genocide deniers

Paper
Tunde Farago
21/10/2019
17 minutes to read

How do the Rohingya genocide deniers use Facebook to spread their narratives and what kind of arguments do they use to support their claims?

Eurovision as a platform for international politics

Article
Anouk Smeets
24/03/2020
15 minutes to read

This article examines how the Eurovision Song Contest can become a platform for contestants to make political statements through their performances and the curation of their identities.

Can ancestry tests become a threat to our privacy?

Article
Carmen Gabriela Lupu
13/09/2019
10 minutes to read

With the increasing popularity of ancestry tests, having our DNA used by big corporations might pose a threat to our privacy. This article analyzes the possible impact of such data-driven businesses on our lives.

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California scheming: Miranda July's Kajillionaire (Miranda July)

Review
Bettie Cörvers
04/06/2021
7 minutes to read

In Miranda July's 2020 film Kajillionaire, Old Dolio's life is turned upside down when her criminal parents invite an outsider to join them in their scamming practices. She feels the need to detach from her hustling parents.