CURRENT ISSUE

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Welcome back to returning readers and a warm welcome to those who are visiting the e.g. journal site for the first time. After our winter special issue: On Violence, we decided to delve into an frequently misrepresented field of interdisciplinary research: popular culture.

Historically, scholars who study popular culture have often been pigeon-holed as doing fringe research which, though entertaining, is outside the heavy-hitting work of most academic departments. The study of popular culture has sought to resist the division of cultural forms into “high” and “low,” arguing that there is as much value to be found in comic books as there is in opera. Our hope, by offering this special issue on the topic, is to create space for students who study popular culture from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives to show how popular culture shapes the ways we engage with the world and helps codify timely discussions of race, economics, politics, social movements, etc. in the global imagination.

We were not disappointed. This issue marked a sharp uptick in submissions from a wide range of disciplines: film studies, gender and women’s studies, and media studies. We have selected two essays that speak to the current scholarly moment in the study of popular culture.

You can access the pdf version of the On Popular Culture issue by clicking on the link or the image below.

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Below are links to online versions of the text provided in the “On Violence” Issue:

 

You can access the pdf version of the Winter Edition “On Violence” issue by clicking on the link or the image below.

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Below are links to online versions of the text provided in the “On Violence” Issue:

Violence against Women: An Interdisciplinary Approach by Iren Boyarkina

Principles of Conquest by John Carden