Fear, Panic and Excitement

In less than a month I will be moving to the UK. In October I will be starting the MSt programme in English Language at the University of Oxford. As you might expect, starting this adventure does come with quite some preparations. Besides the organizational preparations concerning housing, healthcare, my college and more, I also already have to start preparing for my MSt.

A little over a week ago I received an email from the English department containing a detailed programme description, including reading lists of my courses. My reaction was something like the following: “This is so cool – wow, this is quite a lot of work – that’s some awesome reading – how I am going to read all those books? – oh wait you only have to read those books indicated with an asterisks – hmm, almost all books have an asterisk in front of them – this is so exciting – this is so scary – Time To Panic”

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Conservative Zeeland and Muslim Integration

“You mean that conservative corner of the country?!” is often a response you get when you tell people you live in Zeeland. It is clear that our province does not have the best reputation among the Dutch provinces. Next to its small cities and towns, excessive amount of water and many German tourists, it is also often associated with having a strict Christian community.

The Statistic Netherlands organization estimated that in 2010 around fifty percent of the population had no religion, forty percent was Christian, around seven per cent was Muslim and some three percent had another religion.

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RA in Oxford: City of Inspiring Spires

Only a short while ago (though it already seems so frightfully distant now), we, Kristy Evers and Ilse Ras attended a symposium on Science & Literature at the St. John’s College in Oxford. It was organized by RA’s Dr Michael Burke and St. John’s Dr Emily Troscianko, who both presented some of their own research as well.

Oxford itself is already magical, with its numerous colleges and scholars, but St. John’s College, the richest college in the city, is also gorgeous in its own right, with old quads and new buildings all forming the puzzle pieces of this institution.

St. John's College, Oxford

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Rise of the Colourful Dead

 “Damn it feels good to be a gangsta” is the rap music that accompanies the late arrivals while they slowly drag themselves into the room. People are spread out across the room, filling the chairs and shading the walls. A tight-knit group is sitting front row. All are facing the guest of honour, the man in the colourful centrepiece. The man in the coffin.

Photo by Lian Roovers

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