Two of our PhD students from Film & MCC – Wallis Seaton and Holly Eckersley – are putting on a workshop on June 21st entitled the politics of the popular! This has arisen after a reading group in which we’ve discussed how we approach analysing popular cultural texts in our own work. A key point of focus has been the need to take cultural entities that are often sidelined for being ‘lowbrow’, ‘mainstream’ or ‘trivial’ more seriously due to these things having a distinct cultural politics to them.
One of the things we read was a chapter from Tracey Potts’s & Ruth Holliday’s Kitsch!, and we’re pleased to say that Tracey is joining us to discuss her approach to analysing issues surrounding the much maligned garden ornament that is the garden gnome!
We’ll also have time for lunch, before Holly and Wallis facilitate an ‘object workshop’ to explore the different conceptual tools available to us as academics who research the popular.
The day will be rounded off with a talk by our own David McWilliam who will be translating some of these concerns to screen media, and examining how to analyse the ways that neoconservative political ideologies permeate popular crime media.
It’s all free, but please register here so we have a sense of catering numbers: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/politics-of-the-popular-postgraduate-workshop-tickets-25809770719