The Might of the Pen

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By Simon Thernström THE FIRST TIME I heard the word “troll army” (“trollfabrik”, troll factory in Swedish) I was 15 years old. It had made its way into the yearly list of “New words” in the Swedish language curated by Språkrådet among others like “cosplay” and “mansplaining”.   At first, I…

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Radio UF: Language and Politics

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Radio UF discusses linguistic imperialism and how language can be viewed as a form of power, diving into the usage of language tests and citizenship, notably if it can be a way of ensuring integration into the society or rather pose an unnecessary hindrance for migrants. They also bring up…

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Staying with the Trouble: Reproductive Choices in an Age of Environmental Uncertainty 

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By Stefano Cisternino IN A WORLD WHERE environmental and societal challenges are increasingly interwoven, the decision to have children is no longer a simple personal choice but a complex ethical quandary. Societal norms around reproduction are diverse and often contradictory. While some cultural pressures push couples towards parenthood, perhaps before…

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Italians Mad at Food

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by Lapo Lappin Recently I was sucked into a WhatsApp group chat called ”The Italians” – a safe haven for Erasmus students far from the peninsula. The thumbnail for this group was a ”Hawaii pizza”, the chunks of pineapple clearly visible in the foreground. As soon as the group was…

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