Public Sphere

QAnon: The alt-right war machine and social media mobilization

Article
Daniel Obubo
13/07/2020
12 minutes to read

QAnon is a far-right conspiracy theory about an on-going war between President Donald Trump and the "deep state". This article examines how QAnon followers use social media to their benefit by inviting skeptics to read between the lines.

Is Zondag met Lubach saving democracy?

Paper
Rosalie Vaarten
09/12/2019
9 minutes to read

Is the Dutch television program Zondag met Lubach or infotainment in general a threat to democracy? Or should we see infotainment programs as saviors of democracy? 

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Pan-Slavism, Russian populism and the annexation of Crimea

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
31/08/2020
25 minutes to read

The annexation of Crimea was regarded as a huge success by Russian Pan-Slavists and as a victory against the West. This article examines how Pan-Slavism and populist discourse contributed to the annexation of the region.

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.

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Political polarization in Ghent: a "radical" linguistic landscape

Article
Claudia Gerards
08/05/2020
32 minutes to read

With a shift towards the far-right, politics in Flanders have become rather polarized. In Ghent's linguistic landscape, we see counter noise coming from the left. What does this tell us about Ghent in the context of Flemish politics?

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Fake News

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Fake news seems to rule the world. Since the 2016 election campaign of Donald Trump, the debate on fake news hasn't stopped. Even more, the term fake news has become an empty signifier acquiring new meaning depending on who uses the concept. 

How globalization has changed corporate communication

Article
Simon Moser
04/03/2020
16 minutes to read

As globalization and digitalization advance at a rapid pace, corporate communication has entered a new paradigm that features transnational strategies, as well as direct and emotional language.