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Culture

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Culture is shorthand for the stuff that makes human interactions meaningful and comprehensible.

Ideology

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

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.

Indexicality

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Meaning that emerges out of text-context relations. Apart from (often) having a denotational meaning, linguistic and other signs are indexical in that they suggest metapragmatic, metalinguistic, metadiscursive features of meaning. Thus, an utterance may indexically invoke social norms, roles, identities.

Enoughness

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Enoughness is a theory of contemporary identity that states that identities are constructed out of a particular portion ("enough") of emblematic identity features.

Ethnography

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Ethnography can be defined as the small-scale study of human behavior through "clinical" observation and intersubjective participation.
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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.

Russian Doll: Television in Digital Culture

Column
Suzanne van der Beek
14/02/2019
5 minutes to read

With Russian Doll, Netflix brings us a new innovative TV show that plays with video game storytelling, social media humor, and the bending of gendered stereotypes.

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Facebook is old: the Ford-T of social media just turned 15

Column
Jan Blommaert
05/02/2019
6 minutes to read

The very thing that has made Facebook great also makes it obsolete. Designed in the very early years of the 21st century and swept up in a wave of tremendous technological developments, Facebook now looks, and feels, almost medieval.

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Dive into the Mermaidkin's online world

Article
Idhuna Pastoor
03/05/2019
18 minutes to read

Have you ever heard of Mermaidkin? It is an online community who identifies with - not as - Mermaids/Mermen. This article is an analysis of Mermaidkin, supported by empirical data from the social media platform AminoApps.

Yinka Shonibare’s art as an expression of hybrid identity

Article
Fleur Aarts
06/02/2019
10 minutes to read

Yinka Shonibare plays with his hybrid identity as a British-Nigerian artist. In this analysis of 'The Swing', his layered cultural identity shines through. 

Fandom of AKB48 Groups

Article
Tatsuya Ishikawa
02/09/2019
13 minutes to read

AKB48 is a Japanese idol group with more than 100 young female singers. Learn all about this group and its fandom!

Dunkirk: History Re-created for the Big Screen

Paper
Fernanda Delgado
09/11/2018
14 minutes to read

How much truth can we find in fictional representations of history? This paper explores the real and fictional elements in Chrsitopher Nolan's Dunkirk, and how they work together to immerse its audience in the historical event.