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Art

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Interviews with artists and scholars of art about their new books.

Mai Corlin, "The Bishan Commune and the Practice of Socially Engaged Art in Rural China" (Palgrave MacMillan, 2020)

February 26, 2024

The Bishan Commune and the Practice of Socially Engaged Art in Rural China

Mai Corlin
Hosted by Suvi Rautio

On the podcast today, I am joined by Mai Corlin, who is external researcher at the department of cross-cultural and regional studies in the University…

T. Corey Brennan, "The Fasces: A History of Ancient Rome's Most Dangerous Political Symbol" (Oxford UP, 2022)

February 21, 2024

The Fasces

T. Corey Brennan
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

"Fascism" is a word ubiquitous in our contemporary political discourse, but few know about its roots in the ancient past or its long, strange evolutio…

Christiane Gruber, “The Praiseworthy One: The Prophet Muhammad in Islamic Texts and Images" (Indiana UP, 2019)

February 18, 2024

The Praiseworthy One

Christiane Gruber

In our most recent public memory, images of the Prophet Muhammad have caused a great deal of controversy, such as satirical cartoons of Muhammad in Fr…

Meredith Martin and Gillian Weiss, "The Sun King at Sea: Maritime Art and Galley Slavery in Louis XIV's France" (Getty, 2022)

February 17, 2024

The Sun King at Sea

Meredith Martin and Gillian Weiss
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Mediterranean maritime art and the forced labour on which it depended were fundamental to the politics and propaganda of France’s King Louis XIV (r. 1…

Ed Simon, "Relic" (Bloomsbury. 2024)

February 15, 2024

Relic

Ed Simon
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Object Lessons is a Bloomsbury series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. This book, Relic, by Dr. Ed Sim…

Criticism

February 15, 2024

Criticism

Matt Seybold

In this episode of High Theory, Matt Seybold tells us about Criticism, the glue that holds the bricks of culture together. Cultural critics are a nece…

Ana Lucia Araujo, "The Gift: How Objects of Prestige Shaped the Atlantic Slave Trade and Colonialism" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

February 11, 2024

The Gift

Ana Lucia Araujo
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

The Gift: How Objects of Prestige Shaped the Atlantic Slave Trade and Colonialism (Cambridge University Press, 2023) explores how objects of prestige …

Devin Griffiths and Deanna Kreisel, "After Darwin: Literature, Theory, and Criticism in the Twenty-First Century" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

February 10, 2024

After Darwin

Devin Griffiths and Deanna Kreisel

Creative storytelling is the beating heart of Darwin's science. All of Darwin's writings drew on information gleaned from a worldwide network of scien…

Sabina Andron, "Urban Surfaces, Graffiti, and the Right to the City" (Routledge, 2024)

February 4, 2024

Urban Surfaces, Graffiti, and the Right to the City

Sabina Andron
Hosted by Victoria Lupascu

Sabina Andron's book Urban Surfaces, Graffiti, and the Right to the City (Routledge, 2024) focuses on urban surfaces, on exploring their authorship a…

Dustin Kiskaddon, "Blood and Lightening: On Becoming a Tattooer" (Stanford UP, 2023)

February 4, 2024

Blood and Lightening

Dustin Kiskaddon
Hosted by Michael Johnston

Any tattoo is the outcome of an intimate, often hidden process. The people, bodies, and money that make tattooing what it is blend together and form a…

William L. Bird, "In the Arms of Saguaros: Iconography of the Giant Cactus" (U Arizona Press, 2023)

February 3, 2024

In the Arms of Saguaros

William L. Bird
Hosted by Daniel Moran

An essential—and monumental—member of the Sonoran Desert ecosystem, the saguaro cactus has become the quintessential icon of the American West. In th…

Alex Burchmore, "New Export China: Translations Across Time and Place in Contemporary Chinese Porcelain Art" (U California Press, 2023)

February 2, 2024

New Export China

Alex Burchmore

Why do so many contemporary Chinese artists use porcelain in their work? How do artists make sense of the legacy that porcelain has in China, and how …

Catherine Powell-Warren, "Gender and Self-Fashioning at the Intersection of Art and Science: Agnes Block, Botany, and Networks in the Dutch 17th Century" (Amsterdam UP, 2023)

January 22, 2024

Gender and Self-Fashioning at the Intersection of Art and Science

Catherine Powell-Warren
Hosted by Jana Byars

Jana Byars speaks with Catherine Powell-Warren about Gender and Self-Fashioning at the Intersection of Art and Science: Agnes Block, Botany, and Netwo…

Emma Gleadhill, "Taking Travel Home: The Souvenir Culture of British Women Tourists, 1750-1830" (Manchester UP, 2022)

January 16, 2024

Taking Travel Home

Emma Gleadhill

In the late eighteenth-century, elite British women had an unprecedented opportunity to travel. Taking travel home uncovers the souvenir culture these…

Ofer Ashkenazi, "Anti-Heimat Cinema: The Jewish Invention of the German Landscape" (U Michigan Press, 2020)

January 9, 2024

Anti-Heimat Cinema

Ofer Ashkenazi
Hosted by Amir Engel

Anti-Heimat Cinema: The Jewish Invention of the German Landscape (U Michigan Press, 2020) studies an overlooked yet fundamental element of German popu…

Seth Bernard, "Building Mid-Republican Rome: Labor, Architecture, and the Urban Economy" (Oxford UP, 2018)

January 7, 2024

Building Mid-Republican Rome

Seth Bernard
Hosted by Ryan Tripp

Building Mid-Republican Rome: Labor, Architecture, and the Urban Economy (Oxford University Press, 2018), offers a holistic treatment of the developme…

Amy Von Lintel, "Georgia O'Keeffe's Wartime Texas Letters" (Texas A&M UP, 2020)

January 6, 2024

Georgia O'Keeffe's Wartime Texas Letters

Amy Von Lintel 

In 1912, at age 24, Georgia O’Keeffe boarded a train in Virginia and headed west, to the prairies of the Texas Panhandle, to take a position as art te…

Virginia Chieffo Raguin, "The Illuminated Window: Stories Across Time" (Reaktion Books, 2023)

January 5, 2024

The Illuminated Window

Virginia Chieffo Raguin
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

The Illuminated Window: Stories Across Times (Reaktion, 2023) is a unique journey through stained-glass installations that spans both time and place. …

Susanna Phillips Newbury, "The Speculative City: Art, Real Estate, and the Making of Global Los Angeles" (U Minnesota Press, 2021)

January 4, 2024

The Speculative City

Susanna Phillips Newbury
Hosted by Bryan Toepfer

Underlying every great city is a rich and vibrant culture that shapes the texture of life within. In The Speculative City: Art, Real Estate, and the M…

Robert R. Janes, "Museums and Societal Collapse: The Museum as Lifeboat" (Routledge, 2023)

January 2, 2024

Museums and Societal Collapse

Robert R. Janes

Who do you turn to at the brink of the apocalypse? What might help us to mitigate the financial, commercial, political, social, and cultural collapse …