Entertaining Peace: Pop Culture and Critical Agendas in Peace Research


Location: C103 Hesburgh Center

Siobhan McEvoy-Levy

Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies and Political Science and Director of The Desmond Tutu Peace Lab at Butler University

This lecture will address the promise and limitations of pop culture analysis in nuancing our understandings of “peace”, “resistance” and “decolonization” in world politics. It considers how what entertains us is a worthy and urgent topic for peace research, from pop culture’s influence at the micro-political levels of everyday identification with certain ideas about what peace, resistance and decolonization are, or should be, to its impact on protest movements, peacemaking efforts and diplomacy. The lecture draws on McEvoy-Levy’s recent book, Peace and Resistance in Youth Cultures: Reading the Politics of Peacebuilding from Harry Potter to The Hunger Games (Palgrave, 2018).

Originally published at kroc.nd.edu.