Popular Culture and Inclusion

This theme examines how popular culture, broadly defined and in a variety of local, national, international and transnational contexts, contributes towards promoting inclusion. Recent/current projects focus on

  • language policy and planning, heritage language maintenance, language teaching methodology in the context of the mainstream education and the complementary/ community schools in the growing multilingual society (Yuying Liu)
  • the social and cultural work of theatrical performance and storytelling in order to negotiate contested cultural heritages and memory; bilingual devised theatre and translanguaging as collaborative responsibility (Kerstin Pfeiffer)
  • the role of the mass media in representing the same-sex desire of popular music artists particularly in relation to disclosure/coming-out and homophobia;and the concept of the popular music gay icon (Chris Tinker)