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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.

Online-offline nexus

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The online-offline nexus is a description of social reality in the post-digital age. We live our social lives increasingly at the intersection of online and offline forces.

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

Panopticon

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The panopticon is a structure of power-knowledge, used by Michel Foucault to describe a system in which totalized surveillance can be organized.

Actor-Network Theory (ANT)

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Actor-Network Theory is a theoretical and methodological approach that sees all social phenomena as the product of network interactions. It is unique in that it recognizes both objects and technologies as network nodes equal with human actants.

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.

Formats

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Formats are recognizably patterned forms of behavior, subject to norms and judged accordingly by others.

Linguicism

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Linguicism is language discrimination or language racism, the discrimination of speakers of a certain language.
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? 

Moorkop

Revealing racist words in the superdiverse era

Paper
Anne Marte Gardenier
02/06/2020
11 minutes to read

This article focuses on Dutch vocabulary changes that are brought on by inter-cultural contact as a result of globalization. The superdiverse population of the Netherlands is raising awareness for racist Dutch vocabulary. 

face mask, corona, covid, culture, corona culture

The COVID19 lockdown rules: How we learn and adjust

Column
Jan Blommaert
19/05/2020
7 minutes to read

The COVID19 lockdown crisis involves many of us rapidly learning and adjusting to entirely new rules, many of which used to be 'weird' until recently.

The Castle of Tilburg: A medieval castle in an industrial city

Paper
Ellis Quaedvlieg
17/04/2020
14 minutes to read

Tilburg is an industrial city with a visible medieval history, however people have been living in the area for centuries, is there a way to bring the medieval past of the city back to live or should it remain a part of the past?

Durbuy, the smallest city in the world, as amusement parc

Paper
Sarah-Maria Geradin
27/03/2020
20 minutes to read

Durbuy, the smallest city in the world, will soon be bigger than Disneyland due to the project developed by Marc Coucke, a Belgian billionaire. Promised to be respectful of the area, will this project truly be sustainable? 

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.