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Sustainable alleviation of resource hunger

22-10-2014In its forthcoming report, the Rathenau Instituut discusses strategies that bring the oblective of the Dutch natural resources policy closer.

Facebook as a public sphere: the Black Pete debate

10-10-2014Blogpost: how do discussions develop on Facebook? Karin van Es researched the 'Black Pete' debate in the Netherlands.

Dissertation ‘Talent Proof’ on the academic ratrace

22-09-2014The pool of competent scholars has been growing for the past decades. How is academic talent selected?

Technology will make this world a better place

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Facebook as Public Sphere: The Black Pete Debate

10 October 2014 09:27

In 2013 UN investigator Verene Shepherd provided that the ‘Black Pete’ character, the blackface companions of Saint Nicholas tradition in the Dutch folklore (commonly...