Popular culture, politics and identity in Britain
Octobre 2023 à avril 2024
Université Rennes 2
Organisé par Guillaume Clément (Université Rennes 2/SCELVA) et l’équipe angliciste de Rennes 2
In recent years, the study of popular culture has blossomed into a field of study in its own right, at the crossroads of several methodologies (history, political science, literature, sociology, musicology, film studies, and so on). This pluridisciplinary approach will be applied to the analysis of popular culture in the troubled political context that has lately been experienced in Britain and many other parts of the world. While British politics remains, to this day, defined by an increasing sense of polarisation and the influence of populism, not least in the context of the Brexit referendum, it should be interesting to study how British popular culture mirrors and comments upon the state of British society, politics and identity, and whether it portrays it realistically, beyond stereotypes. This seminar aims at providing colleagues from a variety of academic backgrounds (English studies, cultural studies, literature, film studies, history) with a space in which they may showcase their own research. It is hoped that this seminar may also provide doctoral students interested in pursuing research on popular culture in the future with deeper insight into the methodologies that may be applied when considering such a multi-faceted object.