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Counter-mapping

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Counter-mapping refers to the effort of mapping against dominant power structures with the aim of creating social or political change. 

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.

Surveillance

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Surveillance is a mode of power based on the detailed and totalized observation of behavior. It is the prevailing form of power developed and deployed in modernity

Ideology

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

Metapolitics

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Metapolitics started from the idea of ‘the primacy of culture over politics as the premise to a revolution in the spirit of ‘right-wing Gramscism’ (Griffin, 2000).

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.
SpaceX Falcon launch

The SpaceX mission and why it worries me

Column
Jan Blommaert
03/06/2020
4 minutes to read

Elon Musk's SpaceX operates in a field of power previously reserved for state institutions under public control. Is this a good or a bad thing? 

Bolsonaro, covid, covarde, coronavirus, corona, corona crisis, populism

When myths collide: Bolsonaro’s reaction to the coronavirus crisis

Article
Ulisses Sawczuk da Silva
30/04/2020
16 minutes to read

The article discusses processes of mythification employed to support Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro's controversial reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mainstream and "new" media work together in the construction of myths with political ends.

Covid-19: A World United, A World Apart

Column
Ana Deumert
06/04/2020
8 minutes to read

Covid-19 affects us all, but it affects us differently. In this column I look at #StayAtHome policies outside of middle-class realities, and argue for caring and compassionate policy interventions that support the most vulnerable.

The coronavirus, the attention economy and far-right junk news

Column
Ico Maly
24/03/2020
9 minutes to read

The coronavirus has devastating consequences for social life in all corners of the world. For some, this global pandemic is an opportunity to reach a wide audience, to make money or to further a political agenda. 

Ellen DeGeneres: talk show host or CIA agent?

Paper
Iris Dumoulin
16/03/2020
11 minutes to read

In 2018, people believed that Eric Trump suggested that Ellen DeGeneres is part of a hidden government within the US. This essay analyzes how this conspiracy theory has come into existence, who plays a role in it, and what this means online.

Hashtag activism in the online-offline continuum

Hashtag tactics: Algorithmic activism in Chile

Column
Juan Eduardo Bonnin
09/03/2020
7 minutes to read

Algorithmic activism requires handcrafted tactics to reinforce the online-offline continuum of political actions. We can see it at work in the first week of protests in Chile.

Thomas Piketty

Capital et idéologie (Thomas Piketty)

Review
Jan Blommaert
26/02/2020
8 minutes to read

In dit nieuwe monumentale werk gaat Thomas Piketty op zoek naar de ideologische structuren van het hedendaagse hyperkapitalisme.

Chernobyl

Why Voices from Chernobyl is a must-read you will never forget (Svetlana Alexievich)

Review
Nataliia Vdovychenko
28/04/2020
14 minutes to read

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster is one of the most tragic events in European history. Nobel prize laureate Svetlana Alexievich covers the event in her book Voices from Chernobyl giving voice to multiple victims' perspectives through interviews.