CFP: ECPR University of Glasgow

Call for Papers: Power, Politics, and Popular Culture

European Consortium for Political Research General Conference

University of Glasgow, 3-6 September, 2014

Proposal Deadline 15 February, 2010


While the analysis of popular culture has a long provenance in political research as evidenced by the work of Walter Benjamin, David Easton, John Tomlinson, Stuart Hall, and Donna Haraway, there has recently been a renewed interest in exploring how popular culture produces relations of power. Whether it be through analyses of Battlestar Galactica (e.g., Kiersey and Neumann 2012), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Davies 2010; Shepherd 2012), video games (Robinson 2012), alien invasion films (Löfflmann 2013), novels (Shapiro 2013), music (Street 2012), or art (Lisle and Danchev 2009), a growing literature argues that the political power of popular culture must be taken seriously.

Building upon insights into politics and power that have been revealed through the recent cultural turn in political research, this section seeks papers that explore the complex intersections of power, politics and popular culture in their theoretical, historical, comparative, or contemporary dimensions. It is also interested in research that evaluates the state of the art in aesthetic, phenomenological, and representational explorations of contemporary relations of power through popular culture.

Key questions to be considered in papers might include:

  • does popular culture matter in politics, how might it matter, to whom might it matter, and how might its myriad influences be assessed or perceived;
  • what are the methodological issues for examining popular culture in political research–including aesthetic and phenomenological approaches to the analysis of artefacts and power dynamics;
  • what are the political impacts of embodiment, affect, the material design of devices, and the modes through which contemporary media are experienced;
  • how can one analyse cultural forms as a way of problematizing politics and its supporting practices or structures;
  • what is best pedagogical practice in terms of deploying popular culture in the seminar room and/or for teaching appropriate research methods for the field?

Paper and panel proposals are welcome. These must be submitted through the ECPR’s online system at the following address:

If you don’t have an ECPR account you will need to register for one to submit a proposal.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with myself or Matt Davies who are serving as the section convenors.

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