20-21 November 2015 

Worlding Popular Culture

PCWP8 is coming to London, home of Paddington Bear (and the Queen). PCWP8 continues to reimagine and foreground questions of both popular culture in world politics and the world politics of popular culture. Bringing scholars from a variety of academic disciplines into an interdisciplinary space, previous PCWP conferences have encouraged critical, creative and collaborative engagement with a broad range of topics.

PCWP8 seeks to interrogate the cultural, ethical and political significance of worlding in contemporary global politics. We encourage papers and panels that imagine the possibilities of engaging the Other in discourses of kindness, compassion and social justice. PCWP8 appeals to scholars working in the fields of cultural studies, international relations and gender studies, but we seek contributions from any and all disciplines (and especially beyond academia). We hope to attract scholars, activists and artists working with relevant themes, including (but not limited to):

  • Queering international relations
  • Utopian international relations
  • Feminism, gender and sexuality
  • Solidarity, resistance and social justice
  • Cultural production and the post-colonial
  • Race, ethnicities and the popular imagination
  • Democratic and anti-democratic imaginaries in world politics
  • Critical geopolitics
  • Representations of the Other
  • Branding and celebrities
  • Satire, laughter and humour in world politics
  • Precarity, culture and world politics
  • Teaching world politics through culture
  • Critical methodologies

Keynote performance

Politics in drag: sipping toffee with Hamas in Brussels
Dr Catherine Charrett, University of Chichester
Friday 20 November 2015
5.30pm-7pm
UG05 Lecture Theatre, Regent Street

External guests for this event please please register online.

Attendance at the keynote performance is free but if you wish to attend all the panels for PCWP8 please register and pay for this online.

Keynote lecture

Keynote lecture: Orientalism ReFashioned: 'Eastern Moon' on 'Western Waters' reflecting on the East China Sea
Professor LHM Ling (New School, New York), Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Saturday 21 November 2015
12pm-1.30pm
UG05 Lecture Theatre, Regent Street

External guests for this event please register online.

Attendance at the keynote lecture is free but if you wish to attend all the panels for PCWP8 please register and pay for this online.

Organising team

Dr Thomas Moore (University of Westminster); Dr Saara Särmä (University of Tampere); Dr Annika Bergman-Rosamond (Lund University).

Further information

More information on the conference can be found on the PCWP8 website.