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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. 

Deviating from the mainstream: Amish or Uber-Hipsters?

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Femke van Bree
17/10/2022
8 minutes to read

In this paper, we intend to find out if the hipster subculture is inspired by the Amish subculture. We will investigate this by analyzing two typical cultural features: appearance (fashion) and food. 

The MCU is the Marvel Cinematic Universe: a franchise and shared-universe in which 23 movies produced by Marvel Studios take place.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe: a realistic fictional world

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Renske Jacobs
01/08/2022
11 minutes to read

In this paper, we explore how Marvel Studios creates a fictional universe that remains realistic in its own right. The main focus is on the reality effect, the paradox of fiction and consistency in the movies' characters.

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

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Paige Christianne Andres
08/04/2022
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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.

Poetry

Instagram Poetry: Am I Good Enough for my Own Endeavor?

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Audrey Frijns
14/10/2022
8 minutes to read

Poetry on Instagram is becoming increasingly popular. This article explores if poetry can truly shake its connotations with elitism and how Instagram pages attract an audience that performs visibility labor.

Unsplash Nathalia Segato

Tinkering with the Truth: Fake news and Bricolage

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Rob Dekkers
25/11/2021
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.