Pop Culture: European-American Trends

With the divide between mass culture and high art disappearing, popular culture has become a prolific field of study. In my seminars we consider the many facets and dimensions of pop culture, including its cultural history and the possibilities hidden within what is often assumed to be nothing more than entertainment.

Some of the topics we address are popular culture’s reflection of discourse, its capability of criticizing or affirming the status quo, and the various modes of ideology within. We cover all relevant pop culture representations: film, television, comic books, fiction, music, paintings etc. and discuss their significance within the historical frame of reference as well as their international social impact.

Secondary texts introduce a range of theoretical perspectives through which pop culture may be explored, analyzed, questioned, and understood. We discuss the function of pop culture in the public sphere, its representations in texts, images, and music.

I’ve been a faculty member of the FU Berlin European Studies Program since 2016.

Syllabus of the current course and other information can be found here.

Below is a lecture on hip hop as a part of the FU Berlin European Studies digital lecture series.