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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.

Borat: a Bi-cultural Mockumentary

Paper
Valentina Brkan
29/11/2019
12 minutes to read

As a bi-cultural mockumentary, Borat manages to parody, critique and deconstruct both American and Kazakh culture.

Racism and the politics of the beach

Column
Ana Deumert
28/11/2019
7 minutes to read

It's time to talk about racism and beach apartheid. Ana Deumert discusses ‘the beach’ as part of the settler-colonial imaginary in South Africa.

Rita Kothari

Diggit profile: Rita Kothari

Interview
Jan Blommaert
21/11/2019

Rita Kothari is one of India's most prominent translators and female public intellectuals. In this Diggit profile, she talks about her work and how it speaks to the complexities of contemporary India.

Breaking News: the design of the MH17 crash story

Paper
Andreea-Diana Dobrescu
30/10/2019
11 minutes to read

An analysis of the first twenty-four hours of news reports on the MH17 tragedy presented as Breaking News on CNN. This article zooms in on the gradual design of the breaking news story

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Heteronormativity awareness. Critical notes on Workplace Pride

Column
Sanne van Driel
01/11/2019
13 minutes to read

Now that Tilburg University has raised the rainbow flag, let's talk about heteronormativity. On Coming Out Day, Tilburg University announced its membership to Workplace Pride. Some critical reflections on 'coming out' and safe spaces.

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BREAKING: 'Devastating Al-Qaeda attacks in Norway'

Article
Mijke Akkermans
18/11/2019
11 minutes to read

This article investigates how news media worked through the 'breaking news' format in their reports about the 2011 Norway attacks by looking at the presence of experts and witnesses, and the use of the 'muslim-terror' format and its societal effects.

Framing 'Shirkers' as a first person documentary

Paper
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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Persepolis: an autobiographical graphic novel

Article
Susanne Vermeeren
22/11/2019
12 minutes to read

What are the advantages of writing your autobiography as a graphic novel, rather than a novel? This paper analyzes Satrapi's Persepolis as an autobiographical graphic novel.