Actual Fictions analyses a series of 5 large scale corpora of Dutch language novels ranging from the 1900s up until the 2010s. Using data science methods, the corpora are examined in light of emerging societal trends. More specifically, the project focuses on the extent to which the Dutch novel has transformed in light of a range of emancipatory movements.
The precarious position of workers and freelancers in the cultural and creative industries has been studied extensively, with research foregrounding low levels of job security and low income across the breadth of the creative sectors. Since Covid-19, these conditions have both been laid bare and aggravated. Much of the reserves have dried up – financially and psychologically –, with many makers and firms balancing on the verge of collapse. This research focuses on one solution for this issue: that of collective working and co-operatives.
This research takes place at the intersection of two global developments of our time: the climate crisis and the platformization of society. It develops a framework to understand the role of digital platforms as shaping actors in our thinking about the environment. Looking at the wider discourse on the role of technology in the climate crisis — the tech-on-climate discourse — the research aims to better understand the ideological underpinnings of this discourse.
Platform Discourses develops a critical humanities perspective on the platform society, in which the online platforms owned by major tech companies like Google and Apple are integrated into all domains of life.