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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.

Coffee places in Tilburg as linguistic landscapes

Article
Savina Karneva
07/08/2020
20 minutes to read

In this article, we analyze three different coffee places in Tilburg as linguistic landscapes in order to illustate hidden indexical meanings found in them, which point to their history, their present, and their future with customers.

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Ok boomer and the 'generation war'

Article
Leonie Milder
22/01/2020
14 minutes to read

By now, everyone has heard of it. The term ‘ok boomer’ has gone viral. The term comes from 'Baby Boomer', a name for the generation born between 1946 and 1964. Now, it means something completely different as the 'generation war' rages on.

BTS A.R.M.Y on Twitter

Article
Luna-Anastasia Riedel
02/06/2020
18 minutes to read

This article focuses BTS A.R.M.Y, the fandom of Korean boyband BTS as a niched culture on Twitter. It analyzes how the fandom influences BTS achievements and success on the global stage through their online support.

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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

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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.

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Identity crisis: the confusion of being Chinese Indonesian

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Jessaline Tanjung
20/03/2020
11 minutes to read

Chinese Indonesians experience a kind of constant identity crisis, not knowing whether they belong to Chinese or Indonesian society. This article explores how they strike a delicate balance in the in-between.

Victims of Illegal Repression in Chile

Chile violates Human Rights (and everyone can see it on Twitter)

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Juan Eduardo Bonnin
12/11/2019
5 minutes to read

Violations of human rights in Chile are evident in pictures, videos and testimonies. To Latin Americans, they resemble reports of human rights violations by military dictatorships, like the Never Again in Argentina. Is Twitter the new Never Again?

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Heteronormativity awareness. Critical notes on Workplace Pride

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Sanne van Driel
01/11/2019
13 minutes to read

Now that Tilburg University has raised the rainbow flag, let's talk about heteronormativity. On Coming Out Day, Tilburg University announced its membership to Workplace Pride. Some critical reflections on 'coming out' and safe spaces.