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.

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ and IR Theory

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ and IR Theory

Hollywood has a long history of trading in subtle political messaging and reinforcing the notion of US military might as a force for good, even when things get ugly.

The Private Life of a Nation in Crisis

The Private Life of a Nation in Crisis

National TV fiction should not be excluded from the study of world politics, as it maintains a strong connection with a given culture’s everyday experiences.

There Aren’t Any Moderate Muslims in France

There Aren’t Any Moderate Muslims in France

Charlie Hebdo has often played the role of public conscience in France, raising important concerns, lashing out at social injustice, and parodying public idiocy.

Why Popular Culture? Why Now?

Why Popular Culture? Why Now?

The new blog will seek to make sense of the relationship between pop culture and world politics. In every instance, we will make sure that we take pop culture seriously.

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