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Critical cartography

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Critical cartography refers to the academic field in which products and processes of cartography are critically analysed in order to reveal hegemonic power-relations.

Panopticon

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The panopticon is a structure of power-knowledge, used by Michel Foucault to describe a system in which totalized surveillance can be organized.

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 transcripts

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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.

Globalization

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Globalization refers to the process of increasing interconnectedness between different parts of the world, creating global modes of organization and conduct. 
Pulse's main character Kudo Michi looks back at a human-shaped ash stain on the wall

Techno-horror and Hauntology: Pulse’s cry for help in a technologically dependent world

Paper
Paige Christianne Andres
08/04/2022
8 minutes to read

Pulse explores themes of the unknown and loneliness on the Internet. This article explores how this film uses techno-horror and its ghosts as a metaphor for our perception of and attitude towards technology, the Internet, and the unknown.

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Tinkering with the Truth: Fake news and Bricolage

Article
Rob Dekkers
26/01/2022
10 minutes to read

Many people tend to seek refuge in 'alternative facts', because they feel something's lost in the modern world. To get a grip on an incomprehensible world people 'tinker' with the truth, seeking harmony, coherence and agency.

a.s.r Vitality Application

Step, track, shop, repeat: how an insurance company motivates clients to stay healthy

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Lily Francois
19/11/2021

The video explores how the a.s.r. Vitality app communicates societal health norms and how important notions in Michel Foucault’s work - the panopticon, social hygiene and care of the self - are applied to this phenomenon. 

Eurobeat and Para Para Dance: An Italian-Japanese Relationship

Paper
Nathaly Yumi da Silva
05/07/2021
10 minutes to read

This paper presents, from a cultural perspective of globalization, the case study of the relationship between Eurobeat music genre, originated from Italy, and Para Para, a dance style from Japan.
 

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The Crown: is it the truth or is it fiction?

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Jessaline Tanjung
02/02/2022
13 minutes to read

To what extent is Netflix series 'The Crown' truth or fiction? This article discusses the ways filmmakers attempt to produce motion pictures that resemble the truth and analyses how they achieve it.