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“Euro Noir: Transcultural Identities in European Popular Crime Narratives”: Enroll now!
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“Euro Noir: Transcultural Identities in European Popular Crime Narratives”: Enroll now!

The crime genre, arguably the most popular narrative genre in Europe, is an ideal object of study for evaluating how the process of Europeanisation has impacted the forms of cultural production, distribution and reception. Have you ever wondered what has made crime narratives so popular throughout Europe? If yes, this course is a perfect fit for you! Continue reading

“The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality” by Merve Emre
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“The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality” by Merve Emre

It is always great to read a piece of research that you would have wanted to write yourself: thoroughly researched, fascinating and funny. The Personality Brokers is such a book. The book starts off as a personal quest as well as an archival research into the origins of the famous Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a personality test frequently used by human resources and professional coaching. Continue reading

DETECt: the contribution of Digital Humanities to Cultural Studies research
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DETECt: the contribution of Digital Humanities to Cultural Studies research

DETECt is a large collaborative initiative that involves scholars, teachers, students, professionals of the creative industries, and the general public in investigating how practices of transnational production, distribution, and consumption in the field of popular culture have facilitated the appearance of engaging representations of Europe’s cultural identity.

The project researches the popular genre of crime novels and TV series, and in particular, tries to find out what explains the successful circulation of e.g. the European Noir. Continue reading

Metal Music Studies: why studying the world’s most controversial music is worth our time
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Metal Music Studies: why studying the world’s most controversial music is worth our time

During my bachelor years at KU Leuven, I was told that if I wanted to pursue my true passion, I should be ready to defend it tooth and nail. Certainly, that came true when I discovered metal music studies. What are those? And why are they worthwhile? This is a question that I, following my graduation from the Master of Cultural Studies in 2018/9, have strived to answer and defend. Continue reading