Religion

A once solely Jamaican based music style and culture started in the Jamaican dancehalls, inspired by ska and rocksteady, took over the world in the ’70s, Reggae.

Reggae as a global culture scape

Article
Naomi Hofman
22/06/2020
16 minutes to read

Jamaica is the center of a huge global culture scape: reggae. This article analyzes the globalization and history of reggae culture using Appadurai's concept of hard and soft globalization and Wallerstein's world-system analysis. 

Martin Garrix in Paradiso Amsterdam

Reusing Churches in the Netherlands

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
28/06/2019
13 minutes to read

Churches close down because of the small number of parishioners and this tendency is an important marker for the position of religion in Western Europe. What happens when churches do not attract the same numbers of believers anymore?

The November 13 Paris attacks

Article
Nine van Steen
28/01/2019
10 minutes to read

Loads of people got involved in the Paris attacks: perpetrators, Islamic State, victims, and the general public. In this article, these groups of people are brought in relation to online infrastructures. 

Side of the church of the Holy Heart in Tilburg

Deconstructing Tilburg: the Heilig Hartkerk

Academic paper
Inge Beekmans
08/02/2019
25 minutes to read

The Heilig Hartkerk was intentionally demolished by the inhabitants of the city. A decision many people now regret. Was it a flurry of bewilderment? Or did something more deliberate, and possibly even malicious, happen?

Is muziek de nieuwe religie?

Article
Martin Hoondert
14/11/2018
3 minutes to read

Martin Hoondert stelt zich de vraag of muziek de 'nieuwe religie' is? Hedendaagse componisten schuwen het gebruik van religie in hun muziek niet, zo blijkt uit onder meer de programmering van November Music, het festival voor nieuwe muziek. 

Since the 1980s, the popularity of the Camino has increased dramatically. Media narratives, like Hollywood movies and best seller novels, encourage people to become pilgrims and share their own stories online.

Seyran Ates Liberal Mosque Berlin Goethe stop extremism

Seyran Ates: Female Muslim leader and intellectual

Column
Odile Heynders
16/08/2018
5 minutes to read

The Berlin Ibn Rushd-Goethe Mosque opened in the summer of 2017. The intention of its feminist leader, Seyran Ates, is to create an atmosphere for a peaceful and democratic Islam. Odile Heynders praises Ates as an excellent public intellectual.