Planetary Politics and Popular Culture | Ian Manners with Mikael Sundström
Planetary politics, according to Karen Litfin, are characterised by truly planetary relations of causality that can only be understood and addressed holistically. Popular culture, according to Stuart Hall, should always be studied within the double movement of containment and resistance. My research and teaching bring together the study, and use, of popular culture as both containing radical planetary politics and as a planetary political resistance. Examples include both the teaching of ‘Popular Political Culture’ and ‘Planetary Political Cinema’, and research on ‘Tomorrowland: Critical Social Theory of Planetary Politics’ and ‘Arrival of Normative Power in Planetary Politics’. Somewhere, between Greta Thunberg and Banksy, between Brad Bird and Denis Villeneuve, and between Disney and The Avengers lies an emergent culture of popular planetary politics.
Ian Manners works in the Department of Political Science at Lund University. He was previously professor of political science at the University of Copenhagen and Roskilde University; head of EU unit at the Danish Institute for International Studies; associate professor at Malmö University and University of Kent. His general research is on the European Union’s normative power in planetary politics, examining the symbioses between planetary society, economy, ecology, conflict, and polity. His current research is focused on projects marking the twentieth anniversary of the normative power approach, including a forum on the ‘Arrival of Normative Power in Planetary Politics’ and a special issue on ‘Normative Power in the Planetary Organic Crisis’. His learning and teaching uses research to inform courses on the Masters in European Affairs, international relations, and research methods. He has taught courses on ‘Political Cinema’ and ‘Popular Political Culture’, as well as a research project/course on ‘Symbols and Myths in European Integration’.
Mikael Sundström is a senior lecturer at the department of political science, and current Director of Studies at Graduate School at the Faculty of Social Sciences