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  • 15 Jun 2018Direct link

    Piia Varis: Five years after the Snowden revelations
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  • 03 May 2018Direct link

    Jan Blommaert: Did anything happen in May 68?

  • 03 Nov 2017News

    Similarities and Differences at One World Day
    “People are all the same. We all recognize one another's emotions, want our kids to grow up happy, and can imagine ourselves in someone else's shoes. But are we truly the same? Well then, how many Germans does it take to screw in a light bulb?” Read more

  • 18 May 2017Press release

    Climate researchers must provide better visual communication on climate change
    Climate researchers should give more consideration to ways in which they can make the message about climate change clear to the public at large. This is argued by Professor of Communication and Cognition Fons Maes in a publication in Nature. Although enormous amounts of visual and digital information on climate change is available, hardly any attention is given to reaching one large and vulnerable target group: people with low levels of literacy.
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  • 27 Mar 2017Direct link

    Don't Just Subsidise Art, Start Taxing Junk Entertainment
    The peculiar thrill of art consists in the search for understanding. Unlike junk entertainment, our relationship with high art has the potential for upward development. Read more

  • 20 Feb 2017Press release

    Vici grant for Jenny Slatman: Mind the Body in Health Care
    PRESS RELEASE 17 February 2017 - Professor of Medical Humanities Jenny Slatman is to receive an NWO grant worth € 1.5 million that will allow her to do further research on the meaning of the body in health care. Because the body is mainly perceived as a biological entity in health care, various embodied dimensions of health problems go off the radar. As a result, somatic problems are often given psychological explanations and mental problems are increasingly seen as brain deficiencies. Slatman wants to develop a broader view of embodiment. Read more

  • 20 Jan 2017Direct link

    How Trump used social media in his campaign
    In the following paper Asya Krusteva and Kiki Bathoorn (students Online Culture: Art, Media and Society) will explain how the political figure Donald Trump uses social media and its format for his benefit. Read more

  • 26 Nov 2015Background

    Pass on Freedom

  • 11 Nov 2015Video

    Refugees and the dark side of ICT
    Between 2009 and 2015, 25.000 refugees were abducted in the Sinai, mostly originating from Eritrea. It is estimated that USD 600 million was paid for the release of these refugees. Research by Mirjam van Reisen Conny Rijken and Meron Estefanos highlighted the increasing importance of mobile money and mobile phone in human trafficking and smuggling. This is refered to as "the dark side of ICT". Read more

  • 12 Oct 2015Press release

    Conversation-provoking HIV/AIDS campaigns may be counter-productive
    Press Release, 12 October 2015 -- Mass media campaigns aimed to make adolescents in South Africa talk about issues related to HIV/AIDS may be counter-productive. Read more

  • 07 Oct 2015Press release

    Fight the root causes of human exodus of Africa, trafficking and ICT experts urge EU
    PRESS RELEASE October 7th, 2015 - An Afripol police and African anti-trafficking office should be established which focuses on fighting criminal groups and human trafficking. Working closely with Europol, these could strengthen the African security situation, protect refugees and help combat the root cause of the current exodus to Europe.
    In addition, more research is needed into how ICT and telecommunications can facilitate human trafficking in planning routes, communication and (ransom) transactions. These are two recommendations for the EU-Africa Valletta Conference on migration 11-12 November in Malta, drawn up by Tilburg University (Netherlands) experts, Mirjam van Reisen, Conny Rijken and Gerard van Oortmerssen together with senior UN officials, human rights, trafficking and ICT experts. Read more

  • 01 Oct 2015Press release

    Racist violence in Western Europe not driven by fear of unemployment
    PERSBERICHT, 1 October 2015 - In Western Europe racist violence appears to be mainly determined by the size of the immigrant population in a certain region rather than by levels of welfare or unemployment. Read more

  • 31 Mar 2014Video

    Living Limitless through The Soul Cloud by dr. Frank Bosman
    He who wants to live limitless, must overcome death. According to optimists the Internet – through its potentially endless storage capacity - can make man eternal. Maybe we can upload our memory to the ‘cloud’ so our souls can live on after our bodies have died. But does it really work like that? Read more

  • 06 Sep 2013Direct link

    Prof. and director of Babylon Institute for multiculturalism on diversity and it's use.

  • 23 Aug 2013Direct link

    Research Master's Theology

  • 23 Aug 2013Direct link

    Master's Christianity and Society

  • 23 Aug 2013Direct link

    Master's Theology

  • 23 Aug 2013Opinion

    Prof. European Studies

  • 23 Aug 2013Opinion

    Prof. Language and Globalization

  • 22 Jul 2013Press release

    ‘Happy’ materialism: an effective medicine against loneliness
    Materialism and loneliness are mutually reinforcing and can trap people in a downward spiral. However, not every form of materialism has this negative effect. One type of materialism – ‘happy hedonism’, the love of a luxurious and comfortable life, the pleasure of buying, simply enjoying being a consumer with all sorts of nice things – can break through that negative spiral. While the type of materialism in which possessions serve as a measure of social success (“the more I have, the better I am”) or as a necessary ‘medication for happiness’ (“if I have more then I will be happier”) exacerbates loneliness, ‘happy hedonism’ actually tempers the feelings of social exclusion. The happy hedonist is less lonely than others, according to long-term research by Rik Pieters, Professor of Marketing at Tilburg University. Read more