Latest papers

Do viral campaigns work? From Movember to #itsoktotalk

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Thi Phuong Anh Nguyen
22/10/2018
10 minutes to read

Viral challenges like the Ice Bucket Challenge or Movember have raised awareness and money for charity. We propose that a combination of seriousness and playfulness may be an important element of such campaigns. 

Viral challenges like the Ice Bucket Challenge or Movember have raised awareness and money for charity. We propose that a combination of seriousness and playfulness may be an important element of such campaigns. 

Metalheads: fighting the stereotypes

Paper
Karlijn Raaijmakers
19/10/2018
16 minutes to read

Do you really need to have dirty long hair, black clothes, band T-shirts and be covered in tattoos and piercings to classify as a metalhead? This paper portrays the micro-population of metalheads and how it deals with its many stereotypes. 

Amanda Todd

The digital age and online bullying

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Lovise Neess
03/10/2018
19 minutes to read

This paper aims to explore how the digital age influences social behavior within the context of online bullying, with case of Amanda Todd as point of reference. The analysis is done from a broad sociological perspective.

Strijp-S: A Straight Line To Urban Rejuvenation

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Vanda Vozarikova
17/09/2018
16 minutes to read

In his paper Strijp-S, an area in Eindhoven, is analyzed with regards to whether the innovation the area strives for is reflected in its linguistic landscape.

Finstagram: A chance to show the real 'you' on Istagram?

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Emily van der Veen
04/09/2018
9 minutes to read

Finstagrams are a new social media phenomenon. This essay discusses why people are creating Finstagrams and argues why this is not necessarily a more true representation of yourself.  

Frida in New York

Kahlo voor kinderen: een (inter)nationaal icoon

Paper
Ine Muys
12/07/2018
35 minutes to read

Frida Kahlo is populairder dan ooit. De Mexicaanse kunstenares inspireert vandaag niet alleen feministen en fashionistas, maar ook prentenboekenmakers die van Kahlo een (inter)nationaal icoon voor kinderen maken.

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Towards a global language policy for emoji?

Paper
Jan Dijsselbloem
05/06/2018
26 minutes to read

Emoji are becoming an increasingly important part of people's repertoires for online text-based meaning making. From their history towards the possibility of a language policy, this article diggs into the characters that are so frequently used.

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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 extreme abnormals: sluthaters, the outsiders of the manosphere

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Laura Smits
25/05/2018
9 minutes to read

In every culture and group, you can find them: the outsiders. Outsiders are seen as 'abnormal', they are deviating from the norm, often unusual in an unwelcome or problematic way. In the Manosphere, there are even outsiders-among-outsiders. 

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How to -movies and virality: Male beauty bloggers

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Nataliia Vdovychenko
22/05/2018
18 minutes to read

Male beauty bloggers are a new internet sensation with millions of followers, viral videos and inspiring life stories. How did they become so successful?