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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…


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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…

The History of Feminism(s) Around the Globe

Saskia Bultman

Published on: April 19 2021

This article is part of a monthly column set up by the project Women On The Timeline. Initiated by two of our very own Arts and Culture students, Anouk Wolkotte and Charlotte Hermanns, it aims to honour contributions of women and non-binary folks to our society with the hope to inspire young women and girls. To redirect the spotlight…

For an overview of all articles, see here.