The Midlands Network of Popular Culture

We are an interdisciplinary group of students and researchers working within the sphere of popular culture. Primarily based in Birmingham, we aim to build an inclusive community throughout the Midlands whose areas of interest pertain, however broadly, to the study of popular culture, whether mainstream or alternative.


Our Network will be hosting a variety of monthly events, ranging from seminar-style workshops to larger forums. Through the exchange of ideas these events encourage, we will provide a much-needed space for those who feel that existing networks and research centres are too heavily predicated on periodisation or canonicity.

More importantly, however, we aim to cultivate in our community the same kinds of pleasure, delight, and joy which many scholars of popular studies cite as the animating force behind their research. Our Network will be a space, not only for scholarly collaboration and debate, but for gaining friends and taking pleasure in a shared love of popular culture.

Many of our events are conducted over Twitch. Please follow this link to find our Twitch channel.

 
Upcoming Events
Inaugural Forum
Thu, Aug 13
Twitch Stream
Aug 13, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM GMT+1
Twitch Stream
Our inaugural forum will be an online event celebrating popular culture as a field of academic research
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Visions for the Future
Fri, Aug 28
Zoom Call
Aug 28, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM GMT+1
Zoom Call
Liam Knight, a postgraduate researcher at the University of Birmingham, will be giving a talk on dystopian fiction
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Reception Theory and the Classics
Thu, Sep 10
Zoom Call
Sep 10, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM GMT+1
Zoom Call
Rhys Jenkins and Hebe Barlow, postgraduate researchers at the University of Birmingham will be running a workshop on reception theory and the classics.
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MidsPop Digital Mixer
Tue, Sep 22
Zoom Call
Sep 22, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM GMT+1
Zoom Call
Join us for an hour of popular culture, fun and friendship!
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Popular Culture Quiz
Thu, Oct 01
Zoom Call
Oct 01, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM GMT+1
Zoom Call
Join us for an evening of popular culture and friendly competition. Make friends and test your knowledge at the same time.
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