Popular culture sums up the experiences of individuals and communities across the globe and can be a powerful force for social change.

Our blogs are written by experts whose research covers cultural fields including film, theatre, television, animation, print media, comics, fashion, design, music and video games.

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Popular culture sums up the experiences of individuals and communities across the globe and can be a powerful force for social change.

Our blogs are written by experts whose research covers cultural fields including film, theatre, television, animation, print media, comics, fashion, design, music and video games.

20 posts found

King Creole

04 February 2021 9 min read

Professor Nicholas Gebhardt reflects on the ways that King Creole interweaves jazz into the Hollywood musical genre.

Illustrations of jazz players on the windows of an outside café

Introducing Ciara White – Musical Theatre and All That Jazz administrator

01 February 2021 9 min read

Find out more about our MT Jazz administrator Ciara White, her background and why she chose to be part of this novel research network

A needle lowered on a vinyl disc on a turntable

'Showstopper!': Improvising a musical during lockdown

31 January 2021 Dr George Burrows 9 min read

Dr George Burrows details how improvisation in the musical 'Showstopper!' relates to jazz culture.

Rows of red theatre chairs

Poirot at 100: the refugee detective who stole Britain’s heart

29 January 2021 6 min read

Dr Christopher Pittard writes for The Conversation to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Agatha Christie's Poirot

Casefile on desk, illuminated by a lamp

Portsmouth academic wins international music award

15 October 2020 1 min read

Portsmouth academic wins international music award | Blogs | University of Portsmouth

George Edward Thomas Burrows

An honest lack of answers Psychology expert Dr Adrian Needs reviews 'Des' - the recent three-part ITV drama about killer Dennis Nilsen.

05 October 2020 3 min read

Psychology expert Dr Adrian Needs reviews 'Des' - the recent three-part ITV drama about killer Dennis Nilsen.

Crime scene do not enter tape

Zineopolis and Future Fantasteek go international

07 August 2020 Dr Jackie Batey 3 min read

Dr Jac Batey, a zine blogger, curator, maker and enthusiast, has been interviewed by a Japanese magazine as part of the International Zine Month.

Dr Jac Batey with Zines

Dr Olly Gruner receives prestigious fellowship Read more about the Visual Culture senior lecturer's award-winning research

21 May 2020 1.75 min read

Visual Culture senior lecturer Dr Olly Gruner has received the Harry Ransom Center Fellowship from the University of Texas. Find out more about his award-winning research.

Headshot of Olly Gruner

Graphic design lecturer releases novel typeface research book Read more about Dr Mike Harkins' Routledge monograph

21 May 2020 1.5 min read

Dr Mike Harkins releases a novel Routledge monograph that ventures into expert knowledge of text typeface design processes.

Dr Mike Harkins sitting next to shelf of books and reading

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