Het vrouwelijk genie: Artemisia’s kracht en passie

Anneke Smelik

Published on: August 29 2021

Als jonge student in de jaren zeventig engageerde ik me met de opkomende vrouwenbeweging. Vrouwen stelden de vraag: waar zijn de vrouwelijke wetenschappers, schrijvers en kunstenaars? Dezelfde vraag hield vijftig jaren eerder al een modernistische schrijfster bezig, nadat een man tegen haar had gezegd dat een vrouw ‘nu eenmaal’ geen genie kon zijn. Virginia Woolf fantaseert over een vrouwelijk genie: Judith Shakespeare. In een essay in Een kamer voor jezelf uit 1929 beschrijft zij de mogelijke levensloop van de imaginaire zus van de toneelschrijver William Shakespeare…

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The World Under Lockdown: Empty Spaces in the Photographs of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Airin Rezazadeh Farahmand

Published on: June 13 2021

Before 2020, we probably needed to rely on science-fiction movies and dystopian novels to imagine a global pandemic. By now, however, we are all well aware of what a world stricken by an infectious disease looks like. The outbreak not only heralded fundamental changes in the ways people used to live and interact with each other but also changed the meaning of social spaces drastically. Photos capturing empty public spaces as the result of the imposed lockdowns proliferated social media soon after the start of the outbreak…

Black Panther Transmedia: The Revolution Will Not Be Streamed

Niels Niessen

Published on: May 21 2021

The introduction of the first superhero character of African descent and the political organization ‘Black Panther Party for Self-Defense’ that Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton created both took place in 1966. There is, however, no direct link between the two. The promotional materials of Marvel Studios Black Panther (Ryan Coogler 2018) neverthelesss do indirectly invoke the historical reality of the late 1960s cultural air…

“My Age Really Doesn’t Matter”: Norms on Young Motherhood

Marijke Sniekers

Published on: May 05 2021

Nowadays, young motherhood is uncommon and undesirable. Considering, however, that the teenage fertility rates in the Netherlands are the second lowest in Europe, and among the 10 lowest in the world, the ‘problem’ of young motherhood in the Netherlands seems not so big. Daniëlle, an 18-year-old, speaks of becoming a mother: “It really doesn’t matter whether you are young or old. It’s all new and will be hard at times.” Young mothers continuously need to prove that they are…

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