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Multilingualism, Language Acquisition and Language Proficiency

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22/09/2017

Genova as scenario for the New Europe: How Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer illustrates superdiversity

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Odile Heynders
10/04/2017
4 minutes to read

In Via Genua the acclaimed Dutch writer Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer introduces the Italian city as an ‘African city’. Odile Heynders (Tilburg University) argues that this ‘Italian tour’ should be obligatory to our representative politicians.

When the villain looks cool: how the World Press Photo 2017 deceives us

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Thao Nguyen
30/05/2017
4 minutes to read

The 2017 World Press Photo of the Year is both a misrepresentation of reality and an accurate portrayal of ambiguity and skepticism in postmodern society.

Joost Zwagerman

Joost Zwagerman: de schrijversmythe.

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Tessa Chaplin
10/07/2017
9 minutes to read

Deze paper onderzoekt de wijze waarop Joost Zwagerman kunst toegankelijk wist te maken aan de hand van de verschillende rollen die hij op zich heeft genomen, zoals de schrijver, de presentator, de publieke intellectueel en de kunstliefhebber.  

Hilarisch, die helderheidspolitie van Boudry en Bregman

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Daan Rutten
29/05/2017
3 minutes to read

'De helderheidspolitie Boudry & Bregman blijft bezig om de postmoderne filosofie tout court een slechte naam te bezorgen, en dat terwijl het toch al nauwelijks meer een plaats heeft in het Nederlandse intellectuele debat.' zegt Daan Rutten

Fashion as tyranny: beauty standards and social pressure

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Meauraine van Gorp
23/03/2017
8 minutes to read

This article looks at the influence of fashion on women from different cultures. This article shows that women can be influenced by the ideals of a society and that fashion can be used in order to be included or excluded.

boekomslag als marketing instrument

De verborgen agenda van het omslagontwerp: hoe marketeers je boeken doen kopen

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Maud Schoonen
23/03/2017
17 minutes to read

De eerste indruk die je krijgt van een boek is vaak gebaseerd op het omslag. Maar wat zegt een boekomslag over het boek en de intenties van de auteur? 

Hilarisch, die helderheidspolitie van Boudry en Bregman

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Daan Rutten
29/05/2017
3 minutes to read

'De helderheidspolitie Boudry & Bregman blijft bezig om de postmoderne filosofie tout court een slechte naam te bezorgen, en dat terwijl het toch al nauwelijks meer een plaats heeft in het Nederlandse intellectuele debat.' zegt Daan Rutten

The debate around Shelter

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Shannon Verhoef
20/02/2017
12 minutes to read

This paper explores how the term anime is culturally defined and if there is a difference in how people who are part of the Western anime fandom classify anime as opposed to people who aren’t.

Trump Pinokkio Liar

Lies, damned lies, and executive orders

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Philip Seargeant
17/02/2017
12 minutes to read

The constant barrage of falsehoods Trump is producing is a way of attempting to ensure that that his words are taken fully literally when it comes to exercising his executive power. Perhaps, this is the ultimate paradox that Trump represents.

Have you ever been rejected?

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Max Spotti
26/06/2017
3 minutes to read

Building on the rejection versus approval dichotomy in asylum seeking procedures, this column deals with the dynamics of rejection and with bureaucratic rituals of indifference by contemporary immigration administrations. 

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy (Cathy O'Neil)

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Piia Varis
09/01/2017
4 minutes to read

Weapons of Math Destruction (2016) by Cathy O'Neil makes a very compelling case for people to start asking more questions and demand more transparency regarding algorithmic models that are being used to regulate so many aspects of their lives. 

Seen, but not too much: the black hole, secrets and stigma

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Thao Nguyen
24/07/2017
18 minutes to read

This paper discusses the concept of visibility and its effects in the digital society. Based on the case of an online community art project in Vietnam, the paper will question how digital forms of life narrative can bring out issues of visibility. 

Himmlers brain is called Heydrich: historical fact, alternative play and literary imagination in one

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Odile Heynders
05/05/2017
4 minutes to read

Historical facts described by a literary author, and then presented in a television programme in which documentary material and the performance of an actor are intertwined: this is how history and WWII is kept alive, Odile Heynders argues.

The credit company that went too far. Would you let them invade your privacy?

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p.hu@tilburguniversity.edu Hu
12/06/2017
5 minutes to read

This article illustrates the impact of the Chinese credit company Sesame Credit and expresses deep concern about its future development and the equality and privacy issues it will bring to Chinese society.

Why is character amnesia in China considered problematic?

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Lisanne Nugteren
16/01/2017
23 minutes to read

In the People's Republic of China, due to rapid technological developments more and more people rely on voice messaging and pinyin input for producing texts, rather than writing them by hand.

Liu Xiaobo: Keeping a voice

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Odile Heynders
14/07/2017
9 minutes to read

Nobel laureate and dissident writer Liu Xiaobo is released from prison. Xiaobo dedicated the Nobel prize to ‘the martyrs of Tiananmen square’. His poetry expresses his courage and conviction. says Odile Heynders