Culture

Ellen DeGeneres: talk show host or CIA agent?

Paper
Iris Dumoulin
16/03/2020
11 minutes to read

In 2018, people believed that Eric Trump suggested that Ellen DeGeneres is part of a hidden government within the US. This essay analyzes how this conspiracy theory has come into existence, who plays a role in it, and what this means online.

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How Netflix suggests what to watch

Paper
Anne Marte Gardenier
14/04/2020
9 minutes to read

This article gives an overview of the way in which Netflix makes use of computational research techniques in their recommendation system and in the production of highly personalized content.

Contemporary vampires: Should we be afraid of the dark?

Article
Savina Karneva
22/05/2020
12 minutes to read

Real vampires live among us. Who are they, what indexes a "real vampire", and are they a threat to society? This article delves into what shapes real vampires into a deviant social group.

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. 

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Participating in Dutch carnival: Bülent the Turkish kebab man

Article
Claudia Gerards
27/02/2020
13 minutes to read

Carnival in the Netherlands is a weird tradition for many, but not for kebab man Bülent Arpaci. How did a small town in Northern-Limburg react to his Turkish carnival song, written in the local dialect?

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Cosplayers in the on- and offline world

Paper
Irene de Groot
27/05/2019
13 minutes to read

This article analyses  cosplayer culture. It shedslight on who the cosplayer is, what they do, their norms and career in both an on- an offline environment. 

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What do Knausgård and social media bloggers have in common?

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
31/01/2020
18 minutes to read

What do Knausgård and Instagram travel bloggers have in common? How do social media and contemporary literature inspire and influence each other? The answer lies in this article, where Knausgård is compared to young 'Western' travel bloggers.

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Everything you need to know about otaku

Article
Federica Morgandi
15/03/2019
17 minutes to read

Otaku is a subculture that originated in Japan. It later spread internationally because of globalization. As a consequence, internet communities of otaku grew. There are sometimes converging, other times diverging features.