Memes are much more than just funny (or not) pictures and gifs flooding the Internet every day. They are strange occasions of synchronicity.
Popular Culture and IR – With Robert A. Saunders
Popular Culture and IR, curated by Robert A. Saunders, focuses on the relationship between popular culture and international relations. Posts will predominately focus on current affairs, with the aim of providing timely interrogation of events in the news. However, other posts will consider larger issues in popular culture and geopolitics, especially how pop-cultural production is emerging as site of diplomacy, economic control, foreign policy, and the exercise of so-called ‘soft power’. Through guest blogs by scholars associated with the newly-developed SUNY-Leeds-Copenhagen Digital Popular Geopolitics Network, and affiliate networks of popular geopolitics researchers, this blog adds to the burgeoning literature on the popular culture-world politics continuum.
There is no shortage of reasons why the choice of Wonder Woman as Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls is a dangerous one for the UN.
Overseas corporations are taking an increasingly important role in telling Americans exactly who they are, as in the case of several ads broadcast during the Olympics.
Paying attention to the way that meaning is negotiated can contribute to our understanding of the relationship between popular culture and world politics.
Challenging dominant IR narratives and reworking the US geopolitical imaginary of Iran via popular culture is possible. Stranger things have happened.
What’s at stake in Wolfgang Tillman’s Brexit posters is the imagined community of Europe itself.
The sausage-throwing incident at a vegan cafe’ in Georgia reveals plenty about what the problem is with veganism in the post-Soviet world.
Music, as a textual artifact, can tell us a lot about the way that politics is experienced. It’s time we recognized such texts as mosaics that challenge narratives.
Eye in the Sky fails to explore the real utilitarian calculations, and ethical concerns, of the US Coalition drone programme.
The study of cosplay is important as it informs the study of gender performance and popular culture narratives.
In the context of a highly charged political environment, we are seeing that European values associated with free speech might just be more malleable than once thought.
The Man in the High Castle is the perfect ‘distraction’ for a country riven by increasingly bitter culture wars, and a complete breakdown in civil discourse.