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Culture and Commentary


Here you find our latest pieces in the categories of cultural and political commentary, as well as our latest reviews of pieces of culture, including novels, films, TV-series, podcasts, and videogames.


14.06.2022

Li Ziqi and Chinese Rural Utopia

By Martin Essemann

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This video essay is an attempt to begin the conversation about how we might cultivate a desire for a new type of future in the face of climate change and environmental destruction. It is not meant to be a comprehensive criticism of the kind of content creation practices that Li has made so popular in recent years, but rather a discussion of the context in which it emerged. Any discussion of the ethicality of non-Western cultural phenomena in a Western context very easily ends up being heavily coloured by the centuries of continuing political propaganda, and even well-meaning efforts to promote certain practices might end up replicating the same colonial hierarchies. [Read More…]

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Class Exploitation in Stranger Things: The Continuity of the Reagan and Trump Administration

By Fleur Renkema

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In 2016, Netflix released the series Stranger Things, written and directed by the Duffer Brothers. Critics wildly praised the show and it received thirty-one Emmy Award nominations. The setting of the science fiction horror series is a town called Hawkins, Indiana in the year 1983. [Read More…]

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The Significance of Writing: Jhumpa Lahiri’s Hybrid Identity in Unaccustomed Earth

By Sietse Hagen

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‘In spite of the ocean that now separated her from her parents, she felt closer to them’ (Lahiri 144). In her book Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri examines the confrontation between second- and first-generation migrants. This clash of cultures between parent and child raises an issue of identity for the children as it is they who are in between the culture at home and the culture of the society in which they grow up. [Read More…]

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18.03.2022

The person behind the face: The balance between Walter Benjamin’s exhibition value and cult value within two different forms of portraiture; photography and the tronie.

By Nathalie Schram

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11.03.2022

Silences, History, and The Fire Next Time: A Reading of Raoul Peck’s “Exterminate All The Brutes”

By Manar Ellethy

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“The fact that US slavery has both officially ended and yet continues in many complex forms of institutionalized racism, makes its representation particularly burdensome. […] As writer James Baldwin says, ‘there is scarcely any hope for the American dream because people who are denied participation in it, by their very presence will wreck it.’ The facts are staring us in the face.” — Raoul Peck [1]

It would not be an exaggeration to argue that Raoul Peck is one of the most prolific storytellers of our time. Through his ability to produce compelling socio-political commentaries in his works paired with striking visual imagery, dialogue, and experimentation, his contribution to black documentary filmmaking has been self-evident. [Read More…]

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