Creating crime fiction in Belgium – behind the scene of the DETECt MOOC on Euro-Noir
Cultural Theory and Concepts

Creating crime fiction in Belgium – behind the scene of the DETECt MOOC on Euro-Noir

Who has never read or watched a crime drama raise your hand. Crime fiction is, without any doubt, one of the most popular genres of our time. From P.D James to Fred Vargas, from Hercule Poirot to Commissario Montalbano, we are constantly -visually and literary- surrounded by characters, stories, allusions that refer to this genre. Continue reading

Solidarity, our weapon? COVID-19 and the cultural field in Poland
Art Media and Performance / Cultural Theory and Concepts

Solidarity, our weapon? COVID-19 and the cultural field in Poland

Poland was one of the first countries to impose a strict lockdown in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. This early decision of the Polish government to shut down prevented the situation from spiralling out of control, but it has also proven to be a heavy blow to a cultural field that was already under pressure before the pandemic struck. Continue reading

Violence and Comics
Art Media and Performance / Book review / Cultural Theory and Concepts

Violence and Comics

There was a time, approximately around the beginning of the second half of the Twentieth Century, when comics were considered as a mere tool for entertainment. Back then, the academic debate on the use of violence in comics was mainly focused on the dangers of displaying gruesome acts by means of such a popular medium, accessed by such a young readership. Continue reading