Fairytale and Folklore Photography Competition

In first place, 'Zwarte Juffer' by Tessa Visser. "This is the ‘Zwarte Juffer’. In Dutch folklore she lurks beside roads to cause harm to travellers. She is usually depicted as a pale, grieving woman wearing only black. She floats towards her victims and paralyzes their horse or pushes them off the road to the mercy... Continue Reading →

How to be unapologetically yourself and assert dominance

Step 1. Realize that no one knows what you are up to in quarantine, so you might as well do what you want to do. Also, the world had a straight up obsession with baking bread for a few months. Humans have been able to bake bread since before sliced bread! So there’s no shame... Continue Reading →

It’s Not the Way We Dress

Author: Kelly Musyoka Women’s bodies are not inherently sexual, but from a young age they are sexualised. In primary school, we are told to cover up because bare skin is distracting to boys. We are told to carry pepper spray. We are told to stay friendly when being assaulted because raising your voice might provoke... Continue Reading →

Building bridges through storytelling

Author: Tessa Koorevaar “Migrants from Muslim countries should not be able to enter the Netherlands.” “Islam has introduced unfreedom, discrimination, and violence to the Netherlands”. These are statements from the party program of the PVV, the political party that is currently the second biggest party in the Netherlands and is expected to retain its popularity... Continue Reading →

Dear No One: So what?

Dear No One, Lately, when I talk to fellow students, I always hear the same story over and over again: ‘It was like time has been taken from me,’ ‘I have never been more unproductive in my life,’ ‘Nothing has gone according to plan, not even remotely.’ Mind you, all of these students’s feelings and... Continue Reading →

The Politics of Black Hair

Author: Kelly Musyoka Hair plays a significant role in society because it is an identity marker. Unfortunately, in Western society non-Western ethnic groups are disproportionately marginalised for their appearance. There has been a globalisation of beauty standards with a European hegemony over them. Especially in terms of hair texture and skin complexion, people of African... Continue Reading →

Star Wars and the Withering of Democracy

Throughout studying politics and watching political tensions increase and shift over the past few years, I continue to be reminded of this one quote in Episode 3 of the Star Wars saga. “So this is how liberty dies…with thunderous applause.” I find that the sentiments expressed in a galaxy far far away scarily resemble very... Continue Reading →

Democracy and Society

Last semester I followed a minor in law, and since then I’ve started to appreciate the concept of democracy a bit more. I learned about the Dutch law system and the Japanese system—among other things. What I came to realize, is that a lot of countries have very different interpretations of democracy because of their... Continue Reading →

Hong Kong in 2021

Hong Kong’s autonomy has been the subject of heated debate for years and has inspired multiple protest movements, the most recent flaring up in late 2019. Last July, BAISmag interviewed Gina van Ling in order to gain a better understanding of the ongoing situation in Hong Kong (read the full 2020 interview here). Half a... Continue Reading →

Dear No One

Dear No One,  How are you? How has it been? Last I wrote to you, it was summer and I could only guess what being a student of International Studies would be like. Now, it’s a few months later and I have left my first IS semester behind. It’s been an experience, to say the... Continue Reading →

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