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Superdiversity

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Superdiversity (also written as super-diversity) refers to two major changes occurring across the world after the end of the Cold War: (a) new patterns of migration causing demographc changes, and (b) the emerging internet and its generalized spread, influencing all aspects of social, cultural and economic life.
Professor José van Dijck

Professor José van Dijck on today's 'platform society'

Video
Inge Beekmans
11/02/2019

Who is responsible for public values in an online society? Professor José van Dijck talks about the challenges Europe is facing because of 'GAFAM' (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft) and the impact dataflows are having on our daily lives.

Alexandra Georgakopoulou expects Facebook and other ‘big’ platforms to continue their aggressive expansion in 2019 into all sorts of domains. In this interview she elaborates further on that idea.

Lauren Zentz

Lauren Zentz on Digital Culture in 2018 and 2019

Interview
The Editors
14/12/2018

In this interview Lauren Zentz shares her thoughts about the impact of digital culture, and talks about her hopes for the future. For instance, she hopes that her work will contribute to our understandings of how to conduct sociolinguistic and ethnographic research that accounts for the power and even the ubiquity of the internet in many people’s daily lives.

fingerprint scanning

Why biometric data is not safe anymore

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
09/01/2019
7 minutes to read

Biometric data plays a huge role in our everyday lives. We use it to unlock our phones, for bank payments, memberships and travelling. But do we ever think about risks connected to our biometric privacy?

woman, advertisement, the perfect body

#BodyPositive: Disrupting Normativity Online

Article
Victoria Mohr
08/11/2018
11 minutes to read

#bodypositive has been used by more than 4 million users on Instagram. This paper uses a Foucauldian lens to explore how body positive Instagrammers counter normative discourses of the body in western societies. 

Body politics

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Obsession with one’s body is often part of growing up. The unspoken question is here: which standard are we trying to apply to ourselves?

Hyperloop One concept

Hyperloop: what about the margins?

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
13/11/2018
13 minutes to read

Would you like to travel from Tilburg to Amsterdam in just 12 minutes? Or go on holiday to Spain in 1,5 hours? Hyperloop can make your traveling experience reach a whole different level of comfort and speed.