Posts tagged with ‘Popular Culture Lecture Series’

A hard road: the craftmanship of heavy metal

Dr Stephen Timmons (Nottingham University Business School) and Dr Andy Meal (School of Health Sciences) present the lecture, ‘A hard road: the craftmanship of heavy metal’.

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Pops and promos: speech and silence in professional wrestling

Dr Claire Warden, De Montfort University, presents the lecture, ‘Pops and promos: speech and silence in professional wrestling’.

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Haters gonna hate, hate, hate? Taylor Swift’s Deleuzean repetition and affirmation of love

This lecture offers an interpretation of Taylor Swift’s music through the theme of ‘repetition’, and using Swift’s work to introduce Gilles Deleuze’s philosophy of repetition and difference. Part of the Popular Culture Lecture Series.

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Am I the only person on the team who’s straight? Queer voices in Young Avengers

The politics of LGBTQ+ discourse has had a significant paradigm shift over the last few decades. With this change has come a deeper critique of queer representation and a focus towards intersectionality, with the goal of understanding notions of multiple identities and forms of oppression. Using the characters of Marvel’s Young Avengers as reference points, Ibtisam Ahmed (School of Politics and International Relations) proposes to examine four distinct questions of intersectionality currently facing the queer community.

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Caroline Lawrence and the power of sadness – or, Virgil for reluctant readers

This lecture from Dr Helen Lovatt focuses on This lecture focuses on Lawrence’s adventurous choices in adapting the Aeneid for young readers. Part of the Popular Culture Lecture Series.

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Bunker mentality: the family fallout shelter in US thought and culture

Tom Bishop, School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies presents this lecture. Although now the subject of satirical retro-futuristic depictions in video games and TV shows, the family fallout shelter and the question of ‘to dig or not to dig’ once occupied a central and very serious place in U.S. culture. With the release of Bethesda’s Fallout 4 set to bring these debates back to the forefront of US popular culture the time seems right to re-examine the origins of shelter culture and its depictions in film, literature and on screen.

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He says he’s innocent… The podcast as popular culture: perspectives on ‘Serial’

Join this round table discussion on the American podcast ‘Serial’ with Joshua Giltrap, Dr Rachel Sykes, and Dr Katie McGettigan, School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies.

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Science fiction vs science facts: imagining the future of genetics

This talk will explore how much of this science fiction has, or will, become fact. Where does the future lie with genetics and what does this mean for us and the next generations? Do we have a voice and opinion in how these technologies are used and does this voice come out through literature? Can we control the technology and what regulations are in place? Will humans benefit from genomics? Did a book written 2000 years ago really hint at epigenetics?

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Designer dragons and transgenic triffids, or, the power of the (genetic) imagination

In this lecture, Sean May, School of Biosciences, will explore the evolution of genetic engineering technology. Part of the Popular Culture Lecture Series.

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“My name is…” James Bond, masculinity and the Mother Land

Dr Nathan Waddell, School of English, discusses masculinity in the James Bond spy thriller series – with a look at Skyfall (2012) and new film Spectre (2015). For more background to the lecture, read Dr Waddell’s blog post ‘James Bond’s ghosts’. Part of the Popular Culture Lecture Series.

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