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|| (2018-05-23) “Write down, I am an Arab”: poetry as a site for the construction of the Palestinian political identity (1917-2017)|
Poetry is an important tool through which Palestinians can express their national-political identity. Palestinian poetry is part of a greater tradition of Arabic poetry throughout history. In this case, the Arabic language is key in connecting different nation states in the Arab world. Hence, Palestinian Arabic poetry reinforces the Arab identity of the Palestinian people. Another way in which poetry affects the identity of Palestinians, is in the context of the Israel-Palestine conflict. This j....................
|| (2018-05-23) Women in the Weather Underground: A Multileveled Approach|
Revolutions against racism, militarism and sexism organized by the New Left characterized the political landscape in the United in the sixties and seventies of the last century. Within these groups of the New Left, women played an important part and stood side by side along their male companions. Their voices, however, are overlooked and their experiences have only been researched in general terms. This paper focuses on the American Weather Underground organization and discloses the personal opi....................
|| (2018-05-23) Literatuurwetenschap in de lachspiegel van de literatuur|
Een kritisch onderzoek naar enkele invloedrijke academische publicaties over metafictie, waarin de relatie tussen metafictie en het idee van een zelfbewuste literatuur wordt onderzocht en bekritiseerd. Het onderzoek neemt, na een overweging van theoretische stellingen over metafictie van auteurs zoals Waugh en Hutcheon, Mark Currie’s notie van metafictie als een borderline discourse op. Aan de hand van deze definitie van metafictie, als een literair grensgeval tussen literatuurkritiek en ficti....................
|| (2018-05-23) The Debate Around Feminism in Russia: the Case of Victoria Lomasko|
This thesis will look at the issue of feminism in Russia. It will answer the question of how the works of Russian artists, such as Victoria Lomasko, contribute to Russian feminism, particularly in a modern global context. This will be done in order to give a broader perspective of feminist theory, which so far is focused largely on western research and experiences. This creates an interesting point of study, as it can be seen as important for the development of feminist theory, but also to gain ....................
|| (2018-05-23) Fandom in the Modern Age: The Culture and Economy of Japanese Icon Hatsune Miku|
Since the release of her software in 2007, Vocaloid Hatsune Miku has taken the world by storm. She first reached number one on the Japanese charts in 2010, being the first non-human to own that success. Most of Hatsune Miku’s music is created by fans, alongside music videos, illustrations and song lyrics and is shared among fans worldwide. This thesis examined how fandom works and whether there is a common notion of fandom to be found in academia. In this paper I have been trying to answer the....................
|| (2018-05-22) Ongekleurd Nieuws. De representatie van etnische minderheden in het lokale Haagse nieuws.|
In dit onderzoek is gepoogd antwoord te krijgen op de hoofdvraag: In welke mate weerspiegelen Haagse media de demografische diversiteit in het nieuws? De representatie van etnische minderheden in het Haagse nieuws, is als volgt geoperationaliseerd: media hebben de taak om de demografische diversiteit van de maatschappij te weerspiegelen. Deze taakomschrijving houdt in dat alle sociale groepen in het nieuws worden besproken. Als sociale groepen niet of negatief in het nieuws worden besproken, dan....................
|| (2018-05-17) Street vendors in an urban jungle: notions of development in modernising Thailand|
Husen, Sean Edward
In light of development plans by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration recently threatening to evict street vendors, this thesis takes a historical perspective onto notions of development in Thailand from 1945 to 1997. The research question of this thesis is as follows: to what extent are changing public spaces in Bangkok representative of the dynamics of economic development and urbanisation in Thailand? Through the use of theories of development – development economics and the modernisatio....................
|| (2018-05-17) The representation of Muslims in popular Bollywood cinema|
van Beusekom, Iris Alida Maria
Muslims form the largest minority in India, making up for approximately 13% of the total population of India. However, Muslims are also victim to the stereotypes which the Bollywood film industry reproduces. Cinema is a form of mass media, which can play a large role in the formation of someone’s opinion. With the increase of electronic mass media, and the availability of internet worldwide, the influence of cinema is greater than ever. Cinema has proven to be one of the most influential instr....................
|| (2018-05-17) Democratic Confederalism; A Kurdish Solution for Liberation after Decades of Struggle?|
“Although, according to the founders of the Republic of Turkey, a Turkish ethnic nationalist ideology had to become the fabric of society, the irony is that this ideology is at the same time the main source of political conflict and violence” (Jongerden 2001, 81). The establishment of the Turkish Republic under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal, consolidating Turkish Nationalism as State Ideology, was the beginning of a history full of paradoxes and contradictions. Especially the Turkish centr....................
|| (2018-05-16) Voices of Buenos Aires - Lunfardo and Tango; a Dramatic Expression of the Arrabales|
Famous tango dancer Carlos Gavito once said, “If you dance your life, you dance better”. This quote beautifully reflects the main motive in of this thesis, namely the existence and development of the tango. The Argentine tango can be considered to be Argentina’s addition to the world’s experiences of dance. Over the past few decades, the tango transformed from a indecent form of dance straight out of the brothels with men and women rubbing their bodies together to a classy and elegant d....................
|| (2018-05-16) “Democratization, Colonial Legacy, and the Complex Nature of Ethnicity in Contemporary Myanmar”|
In light of the democratization process in Myanmar, new prospects for ending the ongoing ethnic tensions have emerged. However, there remain cases of ethnic outbursts and minority oppression in contemporary Myanmar.This thesis will examine to what extent the current situation regarding minority oppression and ongoing ethnic conflict reflects its complex political climate of authoritarian rule and the new political transition, democratization. British colonial rule left the modern nation faced wi....................
|| (2018-05-15) Sanders's Horse Race: How the Media Explained Bernie Sanders's Loss in the 2016 Democratic Primaries|
This thesis analyzes how The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street
Journal explained the loss of Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primaries. This thesis
argues that conservative and liberal media focus on different explanations for Sanders’s loss and that through the style of media reporting several important factors in the Bernie Sanders’s primary defeat, such as the influence of the invisible primary, were not sufficiently explored. Through the media’s “horse rac....................
|| (2018-05-14) Preserving Ecologically Beneficial Texts: Towards an Applied Approach to Ecotranslation|
This thesis explores whether ecological considerations are capable of influencing translation choices and thus form a valid area of special attention for translators in their translation practice. The existing scholarly literature that has investigated the relationship between translation and ecology has either defined ecology rather narrowly (Hu; Scott) or conceived of a translation ecology that remains theoretical and passive, in spite of the urgency and the severity of the ecological predicam....................
|| (2018-05-14) The Philosophy of Form: A Genre Study of Svetlana Alexievich’s Second-hand Time and its Implications for History, Literature and Time|
For Svetlana Alexievich, both conventional history writing and art have proven inadequate to capture, or approximate to capture, reality. She turns to the voices of the ordinary people, writing a work founded on oral stories. In some sense, with Second-hand Time Alexievich also seems to take the storytelling tradition up again, albeit in a different, more reflective manner now, to agitate against the rise of coherent textual narratives representing reality with a sense of closure. Through the wa....................
|| (2018-05-14) Het strategisch manoeuvreren in gezondheidsbrochures|
In deze masterscriptie staat een vergelijkend onderzoek naar het strategisch manoeuvreren in Britse en Nederlandse adviserende gezondheidsbrochures centraal. De basis voor dit onderzoek is gelegd in het onderzoek van Van Poppel (2013). Van Poppel (2013) betoogt waarom schrijvers van gezondheidsbrochures pragmatische argumenten zullen moeten gebruiken en hoe de verschillende typen van pragmatische argumentatie bijdragen aan de overtuigingskracht. Aan de hand van een casestudy heeft Van Poppel de ....................
|| (2018-05-14) Newsgames: Een kwalitatief onderzoek naar de mogelijke positieve effecten van spel op het begrip en de ervaring van nieuwsproducties|
Lange, Thomas de
In het kader van vernieuwende vormen van online journalistiek bekijken we in dit onderzoek het verschijnsel 'newsgames'. Centraal staat de vraag of deze vorm van journalistiek positieve effecten kan hebben op het leerproces en de ervaring van de nieuwsconsument. We beredeneren dat newsgames interactieve multimediale producties zijn. Uit diverse onderzoeken komt naar voren dat multimediale verhalen, verhalen waar meerdere mediatypen gecombineerd worden, zoals tekst en beeld, positieve effecten ku....................
|| (2018-05-14) Is God Great? Christopher Hitchens and the New Atheism debate|
According to religious trends, involvement of Americans with (organized) religion is declining: Americans are slowly moving away from religion. This development can predominantly be ascribed to the younger generations who no longer adhere to the strong religious American values of their parents and grandparents. Research has shown that a drop in religiously affiliated Americans correlates with a rise in atheism.As a result, the rise of New Atheism in the years between 2006 and 2010 is an intrigu....................
|| (2018-05-14) AT THE SOURCES OF CONFLICT IN CONTEMPORARY SUDAN: THE LEGACY OF COLONIAL EDUCATION POLICY IN THE SOUTH|
van Meurs, T.J.
This paper will question to what extent educational policy during British indirect rule shaped the socio-political identity of post-colonial southern Sudan and how it articulates with internal and external post-colonial dynamics in the context of the 2011 secession. It focuses on educational policies because of its instrumental importance in creating the agencies for the British indirect rule, which is therefore valuable to examine if one wants to understand the impact of indirect rule on post-c....................
|| (2018-05-14) Jane Austen's Radical Side: a Feminist Reading of Jane Austen's Novels and Heroines|
In this thesis, I am going to interrogate what might be meant by ‘feminism’ in the 1810s, what Austen might have understood by it, what we now understand by it and how we might apply those ideas to Austen’s fictions. I shall argue that, although Austen uses the rather conservative genre of the courtship novel, or according to Marilyn Butler, the conservative partisan novel, she employs this genre to subversively express her radical ideas (Butler 3). I shall explore the idea that Austen rar....................
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|| (2018-04-30) Relative Frequency Effects in English & Modern Greek: An Experimental Study|
The goal of this thesis is to determine the factors that affect the decomposability of affixed words in a cross linguistic level by conducting two experiments, the first in English and the second in Modern Greek language. With the term decomposability I refer to the property of affixed words to be broken down to their basic components in order to be semantically defined. Native speakers are able to distinguish and seperate their language's complex words into their basic morphemes. One of the mai....................
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