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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.

Sexual monsters in a pandemic

Article
Marieke Weeda
27/07/2020
9 minutes to read

How are norms around sexual activity moralized as a tool for regulating behavior and controling the risk to society during the corona crisis? In this article, we discuss moral judgements on sexual encounters and masturbation in corona times.

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.

big tech, AI, social big tech, society

Let’s talk about big tech (no, not you)

Column
Linnet Taylor
25/02/2020
4 minutes to read

In her first Diggit column, Linnet Taylor (Tilburg University) makes the case that big tech has a consent problem and that researchers should address the lumpy, inconvenient, political reality of big tech.

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.