Events

Deviating from the mainstream: Amish or Uber-Hipsters?

Paper
Femke van Bree
17/10/2022
8 minutes to read

In this paper, we intend to find out if the hipster subculture is inspired by the Amish subculture. We will investigate this by analyzing two typical cultural features: appearance (fashion) and food. 

Daniel Radcliffe in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

How Weird Al Yankovic changed the game, again.

Paper
Ot van de Rijzen
30/08/2023
9 minutes to read

This paper offers an analysis of the film Weird: The Al Yankovic Story and how it masterfully parodies the biopic genre.

The Handmaid's Tale: Transmedia storytelling and Activism

Article
Iva Konstantinova
14/11/2022
10 minutes to read

The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian text that underscores women's activism, bearing its transmedia potential. This article, therefore, examines how its thematic focus transcends other media toward political advancement for women.

When Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron wrote The Californian Ideology over 25 years ago, people believed the whole world would soon resemble the United States. Today, the situation appears much different. China appears to be the most futuristic country in the world and the United States, together with its  monopolistic tech companies, might represent a past we'd want to leave behind sooner rather than later. 

Chinese restaurant storefront

How Semiotic Signs Can Be Both Helpful and Misleading

Article
Jenny de Kleijn
23/06/2023
10 minutes to read

This article presents a linguistic landscape analysis of two stores in the Netherlands to see if semiotic signs always reach the goal they were originally intended for.

What we do in the shadows TV show

The mockumentary film and TV show ‘What We Do In The Shadows’

Paper
Kelly Burnet
13/01/2023
17 minutes to read

Modern cinema and popular culture are not done with vampirism. The award-winning mockumentary film and show 'What we do in the shadows' features vampires, and other monsters, trying to make sense of modern life.

Behind the Curtain: “1984”’s Aesthetics of Immediacy

Article
Inge van de Ven
25/01/2024
12 minutes to read

The TV ad “1984” introducing Apple's Macintosh PC has many intertexts—from the aesthetics of fascism to Plato to The Truman Show. This article discusses the video’s ‘aesthetics of immediacy.’

A picture of a Gothic building

Lifelong learning: the Dark Academia aesthetic as a taste regime

Article
Iris Dumoulin
12/01/2022
10 minutes to read

In this article, I will explore how dark academia can be defined as a taste regime and how specific practices relate to the investment in practical knowledge in order to gain capital on social, economic, and cultural levels.

Major tech corporations rule their regions of the internet through their codes, and perform as judges over their digital subjects. These corporations, however, are not bound by the same constitutional principles as states, nor are they obliged to take into accounts human rights.

The Absurdist Branding of Death Grips

Article
Michiel Hak
22/11/2023
7 minutes to read

This article will focus on Death Grips’ rise to cult status and how they used the internet as a paradigm for a rather artistic and unique business model.

Not just a Meme, a Masterpiece: Literacy in Classical Art Memes

Paper
Isobel Huisman
10/11/2023
13 minutes to read

Memes are an important phenomenon in contemporary society.  Meme or not, there is a story to be told behind every remix of classical art. This paper dives into the world of stories that are hiding behind classical art memes.

Dan and Phil posing for their live show "Interactive Introverts", looking shocked

Our Parasocial Relationship with Dan and Phil

Article
Clara Daniels
05/05/2023
9 minutes to read

In an age where children are brought up by the internet, many domains of everyday life have shifted online. The nature of virtual friendships raises concerns about the interactions we normalize under these new circumstances.