Categoriearchief: Religie

Andrei Tarkovsky: The Exhibition [EYE Filmmuseum]

Voor Cine schreef ik een stuk over de tentoonstelling in EYE filmmuseum die het oeuvre van de Russische regisseur Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986) onder de loep neemt. De tentoonstelling is t/m 6 december te bezichtigen in Amsterdam. Het stuk vind je hier terug.

Voor Tarkovski oversteeg de emotie het intellect en was ze de sleutel tot een waarachtige filmervaring. Deze beeldengalerij heeft zo ook de potentie om een idee uit te dagen dat het oeuvre van Tarkovski voor velen heeft afgeschermd: Tarkovski, dat was toch die Rus met onbegrijpelijke films voor zelfbenoemde intellectuelen?

”Hail Satan?” documentary: Arkansas State Capitol as a religioscape

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If everything goes according to plan (or, better: according to my current ideas), I will write my RMA thesis on a case that I stumbled upon at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR): the documentary film Hail Satan?, directed by Penny Lane (2019).[1] Lane sets out to represent the ideals and considerations of an American organization, the Satanic Temple, that pursues religious freedom, the separation of church and state and social equality in the US. The film’s point of departure is an actual controversy that dates back to August 16, 2018, when members of the Temple temporarily installed a statue of the goat-headed Baphomet (a representation of Satan) before Arkansas State Capitol (the seat of the state government).

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Genesis 2-3, Canonical Interpretation and the Challenge of ”Gnosticism” [Paper]

This is a paper from a few months ago. Writing on the (academic) study of ”Gnosticism” was challenging, especially because I barely knew anything about the field when I started my research. The final effort still contains some flaws that I’m well aware of – specialists will certainly be able to spot them, which is also one of the reasons I ultimately didn’t succeed in publishing the paper. It’s interesting to reread and to see how quickly views can change and evolve – my thought experiments on the subject matter were different from how they are now. Still wanted to publish it though, it might be an interesting trip for those of you who are interested.

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”Kind van de duivel”: A Moral Response to an ‘offensive’ song

Kind van de Duivel
A moral response to an ‘offensive’ song

‘’Ik ben een kind van de duivel, mama jij hoeft niet te huilen.
Feesten alsof elke dag hier mijn laatste is
hoop dat je deze draait op mijn begrafenis.’’

When the Dutch rapper Jebroer released his single Kind van de Duivel in 2017, generous airplay of Dutch and Belgian radio stations coincided with considerably high chart positions in the Dutch single top 100 and the Top 40.[1] The lyrics and the clip, however, aroused quite some controversy among confined groups of Christian people, who responded to the song’s glorifying references to death and the devil.[2] Performances by Jebroer in Hardinxveld-Giessendam and Ouddorp were cancelled after protests of local residents.[3]


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Recensie: The Lion King [Jon Favreau, 2019]

Wie de wereld achter The Lion King wil begrijpen, moet onder andere terug naar de Egyptische mythen rond Osiris, de god van de dood en de onderwereld, en zijn koningin, de godin Isis. Na een kwade list van Seth, de voorvader van Scar, kan alleen Horus, de zoon van Osiris (toepasselijk genoeg met de stem van Darth Vader) een nieuw tijdperk (lett. Aeon of Horus) doen aanbreken. Om alles te regeren wat het Licht aanraakt, moet hij eigenhandig met de opstandige Seth afrekenen.

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In Pastures Green He Leadeth Me: The Reconfiguration of Space and Authority in The Wicker Man (1973)

In the course of March and April 2019, I wrote seven essays on topics ranging from a supposedly blasphemous song to the relationship between subjectivity and anthropological fieldwork. Today I publish the first essay, on Robin Hardy’s 1973 cult classic The Wicker Man.

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Interdisciplinary Glances: the study of religion and film [Paper]

In the first semester of 2018/19 I wrote an extensive paper on the academic study of religion and film. A condensed outline of my argument was presented at a student conference of the UvA and the UU in January 2019. I publish the full paper right here.

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