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.

The Memes of Our Lives, or How the Internet Shapes Reality in the Current Year

The Memes of Our Lives, or How the Internet Shapes Reality in the Current Year

Memes are much more than just funny (or not) pictures and gifs flooding the Internet every day. They are strange occasions of synchronicity.

Amazon, American, or Israeli?  The Pitfalls of ‘UN-iversalising’ Wonder Woman

Amazon, American, or Israeli? The Pitfalls of ‘UN-iversalising’ Wonder Woman

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.

Commercial(ized) Nationalism on Display at the Olympics

Commercial(ized) Nationalism on Display at the Olympics

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.

The Audience in Popular Culture and World Politics

The Audience in Popular Culture and World Politics

Paying attention to the way that meaning is negotiated can contribute to our understanding of the relationship between popular culture and world politics.

Is It Time for an Iranian-American Buddy Film?

Is It Time for an Iranian-American Buddy Film?

Challenging dominant IR narratives and reworking the US geopolitical imaginary of Iran via popular culture is possible. Stranger things have happened.

Making ‘remain’ the Cool Vote – Wolfgang Tillman & His Posters

Making ‘remain’ the Cool Vote – Wolfgang Tillman & His Posters

What’s at stake in Wolfgang Tillman’s Brexit posters is the imagined community of Europe itself.

Vegans Vs. Sausage-wielding Nationalists; Or, How I Miffed Your Motherland

Vegans Vs. Sausage-wielding Nationalists; Or, How I Miffed Your Motherland

The sausage-throwing incident at a vegan cafe’ in Georgia reveals plenty about what the problem is with veganism in the post-Soviet world.

(De)Civilizing Processes, Music, and Experiencing Violence

(De)Civilizing Processes, Music, and Experiencing Violence

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.

Like Drone Strikes, ‘Eye in the Sky’ Is Much Less Accurate than Claimed

Like Drone Strikes, ‘Eye in the Sky’ Is Much Less Accurate than Claimed

Eye in the Sky fails to explore the real utilitarian calculations, and ethical concerns, of the US Coalition drone programme.

The Politics of Performance: Gender Identity in Cosplay

The Politics of Performance: Gender Identity in Cosplay

The study of cosplay is important as it informs the study of gender performance and popular culture narratives.

A Berlin-Ankara Axis against Satire?

A Berlin-Ankara Axis against Satire?

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.

Fantasies of Occupation: ‘Occupied’ and ‘the Man in the High Castle’

Fantasies of Occupation: ‘Occupied’ and ‘the Man in the High Castle’

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.

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