Virat Kohli

Interested in globalization? Watch cricket

A closer look at the traction of the Cricket World Cup 2019

Column
Jan Blommaert
25/06/2019
7 minutes to read

The Cricket World Cup 2019 is a global media event of enormous size, while cricket itself is practiced only in a relatively small area in the world. How come?

The Cricket World Cup 2019 is a global media event of enormous size, while cricket itself is practiced only in a relatively small area in the world. How come?

GDPR

We're all data subjects now: the citizen in the European GDPR

Column
Jan Blommaert
22/01/2019
7 minutes to read

The new European GDPR generalizes the notion of the "data subject". But what exactly is the data subject? And how does it fit into a regulation which is fundamentally about the trading of Big Data?

Klimaatverandering. Het is nu toch al te laat, of niet?

Column
Seline Westerhof
20/12/2018
9 minutes to read

Voor veel mensen is het begrip ‘klimaatverandering’ een  overweldigend gegeven. De relatie tussen mens en de natuur is enorm ingewikkeld en lastig om uit te leggen. Het lijkt ook al te laat te zijn, de mens heeft de wereld al verpest. Toch?

migration, global compact on migration, un

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.

batman, patriarchy

Why you should think twice before getting your kid Batman toys

Column
Jules van Iperen
28/11/2018
6 minutes to read

By making us sympathize with billionaire Batman, the superhero genre does a marvelous job in legitimizing powerful neoliberal politicians and American hegemony.

Martin Luther King

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.