Kennedy Center Coup d'état: Trump, The Celebrate Freedom Concert and the state of the arts

- or - “Mama Said Knock You Out”

Working paper
Kevin Doyle
10/02/2020

Derision and ridicule have been key ingredients in the opposition to Donald Trump. If Americans can save the NEA and NEH, we need to evolve and employ different strategies, says Kevin Doyle, in this critical chronicle.

Derision and ridicule have been key ingredients in the opposition to Donald Trump. If Americans can save the NEA and NEH, we need to evolve and employ different strategies, says Kevin Doyle, in this critical chronicle.

QAnon appearing at Trump rallies.

QAnon: a wild conspiracy theory with Donald Trump’s support?

Paper
Idhuna Pastoor
29/01/2020
23 minutes to read

The pro-Trump conspiracy theory QAnon has been infiltrating mainstream media at a fast pace. While the president has never publicly stated his support for the theory, many clues suggest that his stance towards its supporters is not unfavorable.

Challenging sexual objectification through 100 vulvas

Paper
Mijke Akkermans
20/01/2020
13 minutes to read

This paper addresses the phenomenon of women's sexual objectification in contemporary society, explored through Dodsworth's feminist artistic project and documentary 100 Vaginas (2019) and informed by Nussbaum's sexual objectification theory.

backpacking, new zealand, identity

Backpackers and identity in the digital world

Paper
Linmin Zheng
10/01/2020
20 minutes to read

This paper analyzes backpackers as a micro-population. It demonstrates how I produce part of my identity on and offline as a member of this transnational micro-population in the digital world.

ted bundy

Ted Bundy as seen by Elizabeth Kloepfer

Paper
Amber van Esseveld
12/12/2019
11 minutes to read

This paper discusses a recent Netflix dramatization of the lifes of Ted Bundy and his girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer. How do you present a character that is Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile?

Is Zondag met Lubach saving democracy?

Paper
Rosalie Vaarten
09/12/2019
9 minutes to read

Is the Dutch television program Zondag met Lubach or infotainment in general a threat to democracy? Or should we see infotainment programs as saviors of democracy? 

Borat: a Bi-cultural Mockumentary

Paper
Valentina Brkan
29/11/2019
12 minutes to read

As a bi-cultural mockumentary, Borat manages to parody, critique and deconstruct both American and Kazakh culture.

Deep fakes - an emerging risk to societies

Paper
Tunde Farago
18/11/2019
22 minutes to read

Deep fakes are a rapidly evolving technology that can easily fool not just our human senses, but also the software created to counter them. This paper explores their potential social, cultural and political implications.

Breaking News: the design of the MH17 crash story

Paper
Andreea-Diana Dobrescu
30/10/2019
11 minutes to read

An analysis of the first twenty-four hours of news reports on the MH17 tragedy presented as Breaking News on CNN. This article zooms in on the gradual design of the breaking news story

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?

De noordelijke renaissancekunst: een unieke schepping

Paper
Mariska van Schijndel
14/10/2019
18 minutes to read

De noordelijke renaissance wordt vaak gezien als een 'slaafse' navolging van de Italiaanse Renaissance. Dit 'digitale museum' verandert dat beeld door te laten zien dat de noordelijke Renaissance op zichzelf een unieke schepping is.

What is wrong with the Confucius Institute?

Paper
Linmin Zheng
09/10/2019
13 minutes to read

From the need to know about China to a crackdown on Confucius Institutes across the West. In this article, the relation between the Confucius institutes, China and power are analysed.