What 'Drag Queen Story Time' teaches us about Dutch society

Column
Saskia Peters
13/12/2018
4 minutes to read

The Netherlands are often perceived as a tolerant country. However, foreign news about drag queens has showed us that this image can be contested. 

The Netherlands are often perceived as a tolerant country. However, foreign news about drag queens has showed us that this image can be contested. 

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The Global Compact on Migration and its discontents

Column
Jan Blommaert
12/12/2018
7 minutes to read

The Global Compact for Migration has "evidence-based public discourse" as one of its objectives. Remarkably, this requirement has led to huge controversy. Are we moving towards a fact-free open society?

Over de Kinderboekenweek en onverwachte vriendschappen

Column
Sara Van den Bossche
07/12/2018
9 minutes to read

De Kinderboekenweek draait dit jaar rond vriendschap. Vriendschapsbanden in jeugdboeken die onverwacht en desondanks vanzelfsprekend zijn, kunnen de blik verruimen, aldus Helma van Lierop en Sara Van den Bossche.

On the freedom to protest

Column
Ana Deumert
29/11/2018
7 minutes to read

A recent South African court ruling ended the requirement to give notification to the authorities before setting up protest actions. Ana Deumert agrees and in this column she reflects on the right to protest as central to democratic citizenship.

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Challenging the politics of knowledge, continued

Column
Jan Blommaert
24/11/2018
9 minutes to read

Jan Blommaert: 'In the discussion on the politics of knowledge, the political-economic dimension is absent. Academics can do more and better things in attempts to redress existing racial and gender inequalities.'

Trumps Tweetopoetics

Column
Jan Blommaert
24/11/2018
6 minutes to read

Trump speaks in tweets. But his tweets are made for speaking too.

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Why has Cultural Marxism become the enemy?

Column
Jan Blommaert
22/11/2018
13 minutes to read

Cultural Marxism is blamed for "globalism" and its discontents. Perhaps exploring globalization can be an alternative for this deeply flawed conspiracy theory.

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Big Man politics 2.0

Column
Jan Blommaert
22/11/2018
5 minutes to read

Big Man politics used to be an exotic and marginal phenomenon, but algoritmic populists such as Bolsonaro, Trump, Orbán and others made it one of the dominant formats of 21st century power.

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The future of the EU: Do you know what the EU does for you?

Column
Alea Sophie Küppers
15/11/2018
4 minutes to read

In the past decades the European Union has been acting in the background. It totally overslept the rise of anti-Europe sentiments. The EU finally needs to start communicating how it improves the lives of the ordinary European citizens.