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.

Future of Popular Geopolitics: Croatia, Affective Nationalism and the World Cup

Future of Popular Geopolitics: Croatia, Affective Nationalism and the World Cup

In looking at popular geopolitics as a kind of “post-language”, we can use sport as a metaphor of national identity.

British Prime Minister Theresa May greets President of the European Council, Donald Tusk in Downing Street on March 1, 2018 in London, England.

Social Media Europe and the Rise of Comedy in Global Diplomacy

As the EU seeks to rebuild its public image in terms that millennials understand, it cannot laugh away the hierarchical power relations that pushed it to this point.

The Future of Popular Geopolitics: Zombie Evolution and the Return to the Social

The Future of Popular Geopolitics: Zombie Evolution and the Return to the Social

The zombie performs a radical function in our thinking by exposing – albeit hyperbolically – the very real limits of contemporary capitalism.

Image by Leslie Bliss

The Future of Popular Geopolitics: Mega-Shark Cinematic Diplomacy

Amidst rising tensions, Hollywood films such as The Meg present an idealized image of harmony between the U.S. and China.

Image by Eduardo Morais

Plotting the Future of Popular Geopolitics: An Introduction

This blog entry serves as the first in a series where contributors will assess the current subfield of popular geopolitics while also plotting its trajectories.

Image by Roey Ahram

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.

Image from Pxhere

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’.

Image by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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.

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