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.

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Third Cinema and Social Science

Film depictions of terrorism and processes of radicalization, particularly in Third Cinema, can be used to generate research questions that might otherwise go unasked. 

Popular Culture Matters: Defining ‘Politics’ in Popular Culture & World Politics

Popular Culture Matters: Defining ‘Politics’ in Popular Culture & World Politics

The ‘Politics’ in PCWP remains limited and narrowly understood, even as the sites at which it is located expand.

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Popular Culture Matters: An Introduction

The first post in a series detailing the impact of popular culture on world politics from the perspective of participants at the ISA workshop ‘Popular Culture Matters’.

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Northern Fears: Preparing for and Watching Norden’s Doom

Netflix’s “The Rain” has been released at the beginning of a new era of insecurity for the notoriously peaceful nation of Sweden.

Image of Johannesburg by Paul Saad

Trump’s Dark Geographical Imagination

Trump’s recent comments on Africa reflect the ‘white identity crisis’ that fuelled his campaign, it also exposes problematic western geopolitical imaginaries of Africa.

Pop-Culture and Trump, Part 3: Roger Waters Vs. The Big Man, Pig Man

Pop-Culture and Trump, Part 3: Roger Waters Vs. The Big Man, Pig Man

The Us + Them tour represents the current pinnacle in the meeting of pop-culture and global politics, as Waters has mobilised his political fervour for the world stage.

10th Anniversary Post – Pop Culture @ E-IR: A Reflection

10th Anniversary Post – Pop Culture @ E-IR: A Reflection

We seek to enlighten our readers about the ways in which the everyday inform how states and non-state actors negotiate geopolitics and its attendant forces.

Did RT Influence the 2016 US Elections?

Did RT Influence the 2016 US Elections?

Rather than forcing RT to register as a foreign agent, efforts should be spent on making RT clarify any opaque business and editorial structures.

Pop-Culture & Trump: Interviewing R. Sikoryak, Creator of the Unquotable Trump

Pop-Culture & Trump: Interviewing R. Sikoryak, Creator of the Unquotable Trump

Comics – and particularly some of the more epic battles between superheroes and super-villains – present an attractive medium for satirizing Trump.

Why IR Scholars Should Try to Write Fiction

Why IR Scholars Should Try to Write Fiction

We should be aware of the ways in which real life can start to mirror genres or even the way politicians will shape politics to meet the rules of certain popular genres.

Pop-culture & Trump, Part I: Five Sci-Fi Films to Watch during the Trumpocalypse

Pop-culture & Trump, Part I: Five Sci-Fi Films to Watch during the Trumpocalypse

Five speculative/science fiction movies can help us reflect on Donald Trump, his times, and his presidency.

International Relations of ‘A Tribe Called Red’

International Relations of ‘A Tribe Called Red’

Turtle Island–based electric-pow-wow superstars, A Tribe Called Red, allows students and scholars of IR to experience what a decolonial IR might look and sound like.

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