Trope Watchers - Scholarly Pop Culture Criticism
Military Leadership Tropes in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Battlestar Galactica (with Sertan Saral)

Military Leadership Tropes in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Battlestar Galactica (with Sertan Saral)

May 2, 2018

Today we are joined by Sertan Saral, a PhD candidate with the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. In this episode we look at the tropes of the 'Ace Pilot,' 'Military Leader,' and 'Ideological Leader' in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Battlestar Galactica, and in particular how these tropes intersect with gender.

You can find Sertan on Twitter.

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The CSI Effect (with Hayley Cullen)

The CSI Effect (with Hayley Cullen)

April 18, 2018

Welcome to Season 2! Today we are joined by Hayley Cullen, a PhD candidate and research assistant in the forensic psychology lab at the University of Sydney. In this episode we look at the "CSI effect," and how popular understandings of forensic science evidence have the potential to influence juror decision making.

You can find Hayley on Twitter and ResearchGate, or you can email her at hcul1365@uni.sydney.edu.au. You can find The Sydney Exoneration Project here.

CW: Rape, suicide, murder.

 

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Celebrity Roundup 2017 (with Dr Kate Lonie)

Celebrity Roundup 2017 (with Dr Kate Lonie)

December 31, 2017

As we enter 2018, it's time to look back on the past year. We are joined by a special guest Kate Lonie to look at 5 key celebrity themes of 2017. What is the cultural (and academic) value in following the Kardashians, the Royals, and Taylor Swift? Join us to find out!

You can find Kate on LinkedIn. Her celebrity consumption recommendations are Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud and Celebrity Gossip, Academic Style.

 

 

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From Firewatch to Dark Souls – Challenging Notions of Accessibility in Gaming (with Nyssa Harkness)

From Firewatch to Dark Souls – Challenging Notions of Accessibility in Gaming (with Nyssa Harkness)

December 10, 2017

In this episode, Mia and Scott are joined by special guest Nyssa Harkness to chat about accessiblity in video games. Are "accessible" games necessarily "easy" games? Who is accessiblity for? Who is the "human" in "human-centred design"? Join us to find out!

 

You can find Nyssa on academia.edu and Twitter.

 

 

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Orientalism and Biracial Identity in Lord of the Rings and Star Trek (with Dr Tim Steains)

Orientalism and Biracial Identity in Lord of the Rings and Star Trek (with Dr Tim Steains)

September 3, 2017

In this episode, Mia and Scott are joined by special guest Dr Tim Steains! We look at how Orientalism and Techno-Orientalism can be read in Lord of the Rings and Star trek, and examine the complexities of mixed-race characters in sci fi and fantasy.

You can find more of Tim's work on academia.edu!

 

 

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