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Multimodal Discourse Analysis

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Multimodal discourse analysis is a method that takes into account multiple modes of communication and how they interact with one another.

Actor-Network Theory (ANT)

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Actor-Network Theory is a theoretical and methodological approach that sees all social phenomena as the product of network interactions. It is unique in that it recognizes both objects and technologies as network nodes equal with human actants.

Ideology

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Ideology is any set of socially structured ideas guiding behavior and thought in particular domains of life.

Chronotope

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A chronotope, as defined by Bakhtin, is a specific spacetime context enabling a plot, characters, and rules for action and meaning.

Orientalism

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Orientalism refers to a long tradition of Western representations of the Orient as exotic and 'non-coeval' with the West.

Identity

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Identity refers to various aspects of how we see ourselves, how we show ourselves to others, and how we perceive others.

Hidden transcipts

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Hidden transcripts is a concept often used in discussions of power and resistance, and it refers to forms of resistance and dissent that are kept out of sight for those in power.

Coevalness

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The term coevalness refers to sharing the same timeframe. Much like 'medieval' refers to the middle ages, co-eval refers to a shared age.

Framing 'Shirkers' as a first person documentary

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Chen Li
20/09/2019
16 minutes to read

Shirkers (2018) is a documentary about athe mysterious personal experience of Sandi Tan, the filmmaker herself. Based on cognitive frame, this paper analyzes the textual, contextual, and real-world referential signals of 'Shirkers' (2018).

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Death Mentalities in the 21st Century

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Martin Hoondert
30/05/2019
1 minute to read

Death is part of the human condition. Through time, people have tried to cope with death through rituals and arts and each age seems to have a dominant attitude towards death - the so-called death mentalities. 

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Yoghurt, whose is it? Yoghurt as cultural exchange

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Stella Veranoudi
23/09/2019
10 minutes to read

When one hears yoghurt, they’ll most likely think of Greek yoghurt. However, yoghurt is not originally Greek. More countries, like Turkey and Bulgaria are branding and claiming it as part of their own cultural heritage and history. 

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I downloaded six period tracking apps and things got weird

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Victoria Mohr
24/05/2019
16 minutes to read

Using the concept of chronotopes, period tracking apps are analyzed for culturally significant priorities and constructions such as emphasis on fertility, medicalization, and feminity.

What linguistic landscapes hide

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Jan Blommaert
11/03/2019
6 minutes to read

Offline linguistic landscapes hide a lot that only becomes overt when one traces these landscapes to their online extensions. It is by this move that we begin to get a grasp of the real complexity of "local" phenomena in a superdiverse world.