There are many novels in danger of being forgotten. In this blog, Carmen Van den Bergh sheds light on one of these endangered books: Quartiere Vittoria (1936) by the Italian writer Ugo Dèttore. Van den Bergh will re-vitalize this book by positioning it in the context of European Modernism.
Even though we mostly sleep through it, the night is an important space-time for different communities to get together, to remember and share experiences. As a PhD Candidate for the NITE project, Seger Kersbergen rediscovers the centrality of the night for Cape Verdeans in Rotterdam through music.
Francianne dos Santos Velho shares her experiences as a research assistant in the HERA project Night Spaces: Migration, Culture and Integration in Europe. She directed the documentary MUNGANGA (2022), which connects with her PhD project on migrant workers in Brazil and the Netherlands.
‘One person can’t feel all this at once, they’d explode’. Hermione Granger is met with disbelief, after explaining a friend’s many emotions. Her snappy retort: ‘Just because you’ve got the emotional range of a teaspoon, doesn’t mean we all have’. But how (by Merlin’s beard) can she explain all this?
Looi van Kessel is one of the recipients of a JEDI grant to promote diversity and inclusion in education. In this blog post he will discuss his plans for a course that teaches students to organize public events around D&I topics.
‘Did Up make you cry?’ is basically a rhetorical question. Whether it is a story about toys, robots, animals, monsters, or humans, Disney Pixar is amazingly good in leaving you in tears at the end of the movie. How does Pixar manage to make even adults cry their eyes out for animated characters?
Arabesk music ‘portrays a world of complex and turbulent emotions peopled by lovers doomed to solitude and a violent end’. Saniye Ince reflects on guilty pleasure and play, exploring neo-arabesk, a contemporary Turkish music genre, and its ties to the country’s food culture.
Since the first Toy Story (1995) much modern animation has been created utilising 3D techniques. In this blog, Miguel Mira explores how two recent animations, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) and Arcane (2021), utilise both 2D and 3D capabilities to generate a new aesthetic sensibility.
We have all seen the Avengers, so we know who the strongest one is. But what about the heroes of old? What would happen if, let’s say, Beowulf, the great Geat warrior would have to fight against Grettir the Strong? What happens when Anglo-Saxon epic clashes against Icelandic sagas? Read to find out!