Critical Theory

Critical Theory

episodes

Interviews with scholars of critical theory about their new books.

A Psychoanalytic Overview of Racism in America

June 24, 2024

A Psychoanalytic Overview of Racism in America

Felecia Powell-Williams
Hosted by Karyne Messina

The first podcast in this series was inspired by a documentary film made in 2014 called “Black Analysts Speak” as well as some of the findings in the …

Matthijs Lok, "Europe Against Revolution: Conservatism, Enlightenment, and the Making of the Past" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

June 24, 2024

Europe Against Revolution

Matthijs Lok

Contemporary Europe seems to be divided between progressive cosmopolitans sympathetic to the European Union and the ideals of the Enlightenment, and c…

Pinky Hota, "The Violence of Recognition: Adivasi Indigeneity and Anti-Dalitness in India" (U Pennsylvania Press, 2023)

June 23, 2024

The Violence of Recognition

Pinky Hota
Hosted by Yash Sharma

The Violence of Recognition: Adivasi Indigeneity and Anti-Dalitness in India (U Pennsylvania Press, 2023) offers an unprecedented firsthand account of…

Adrian Johnston, "Infinite Greed: The Inhuman Selfishness of Capital" (Columbia UP, 2024)

June 22, 2024

Infinite Greed

Adrian Johnston
Hosted by Stephen Dozeman

Marxism and psychoanalysis have a rich and complicated relationship to one another, with countless figures and books written on the possible inter…

Slava Greenberg, "Animated Film and Disability: Cripping Spectatorship" (Indiana UP, 2023)

June 21, 2024

Animated Film and Disability

Slava Greenberg
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

While many live-action films portray disability as a spectacle, "crip animation" (a genre of animated films that celebrates disabled people's lived ex…

Jennifer S. Clark, "Producing Feminism: Television Work in the Age of Women's Liberation" (U California Press, 2024)

June 21, 2024

Producing Feminism

Jennifer S. Clark
Hosted by Dave O'Brien

How have women resisted sexism in TV? In Producing Feminism: Television Work in the Age of Women’s Liberation (U California Press, 2024), Jennifer S. …

Johanna Oksala, "Feminism, Capitalism, and Ecology" (Northwestern UP, 2023)

June 20, 2024

Feminism, Capitalism, and Ecology

Johanna Oksala
Hosted by Sarah Tyson

Can capitalism be made ecologically sustainable? Can it be good for women? What theoretical approaches help us to grapple with these questions in ways…

Aziz Rana, "The Constitutional Bind: How Americans Came to Idolize a Document That Fails Them" (U Chicago Press, 2024)

June 19, 2024

The Constitutional Bind

Aziz Rana
Hosted by Vatsal Naresh

In a pathbreaking retelling of the American experience, Aziz Rana shows that today’s reverential constitutional culture is a distinctively twentieth-c…

Critical Muslim Studies: Post Orientalism

June 19, 2024

Critical Muslim Studies: Post Orientalism

Salman Sayyid
Hosted by Radio Reorient

An interview with Prof. Salman Sayyid on post-orientalism, what it means and its place in Critical Muslim Studies. This interview was originally pub…

Kira Huju, "Cosmopolitan Elites: Indian Diplomats and the Social Hierarchies of Global Order" (Oxford UP, 2023)

June 17, 2024

Cosmopolitan Elites

Kira Huju
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Cosmopolitan Elites: Indian Diplomats and the Social Hierarchies of Global Order (Oxford University Press, 2023) by Dr. Kira Huju narrates the birth, …

Michael V. Singh, "Good Boys, Bad Hombres: The Racial Politics of Mentoring Latino Boys in Schools" (U Minnesota Press, 2024)

June 16, 2024

Good Boys, Bad Hombres

Michael V. Singh
Hosted by Laura Kelly

The unintended consequences of youth empowerment programs for Latino boys Educational research has long documented the politics of punishment for boys…

Hannah Forsyth, "Virtue Capitalists: The Rise and Fall of the Professional Class in the Anglophone World, 1870–2008" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

June 16, 2024

Virtue Capitalists

Hannah Forsyth

Virtue Capitalists: The Rise and Fall of the Professional Class in the Anglophone World, 1870–2008 (Cambridge UP, 2023) explores the rise of the profe…

Daniel Scott Souleles et al., "People before Markets: An Alternative Casebook" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

June 16, 2024

People before Markets

Daniel Scott Souleles, Johan Gersel, and Morten Sørensen Thaning
Hosted by Robin Steiner

People before Markets:: An Alternative Casebook (Cambridge UP, 2022) presents twenty comparative case studies of important global questions, such as '…

Lauren Lassabe Shepherd, "Resistance from the Right: Conservatives and the Campus Wars in Modern America" (UNC Press, 2023)

June 15, 2024

Resistance from the Right

Lauren Lassabe Shepherd

Pivoting from studies that emphasize the dominance of progressivism on American college campuses during the late sixties and early seventies, Lauren L…

Jessica Calarco, "Holding It Together: How Women Became America's Safety Net" (Portfolio, 2024)

June 15, 2024

Holding It Together

Jessica Calarco
Hosted by Dave O'Brien

How do unequal societies function? In Holding It Together: How Women Became America's Safety Net (Portfolio, 2024), Jesscia Calarco, an Associate Prof…

Lydia Walker, "States-in-Waiting: A Counter Narrative of Global Decolonization" (Cambridge UP, 2024)

June 14, 2024

States-in-Waiting

Lydia Walker
Hosted by Vladislav Lilic

Dr. Lydia Walker's deeply researched and carefully narrated debut monograph, States-in-Waiting: A Counter Narrative of Global Decolonization (Cambridg…

Christopher William England, "Land and Liberty: Henry George and the Crafting of Modern Liberalism" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2023)

June 14, 2024

Land and Liberty

Christopher William England
Hosted by Reed Schwartz

Henry George’s Progress and Poverty was one of the best-selling books of the 19th century, and his ideas were taken up by by powerful figures as diver…

Nivedita Menon, "Secularism As Misdirection: Critical Thought from the Global South" (Duke UP, 2024)

June 13, 2024

Secularism As Misdirection

Nivedita Menon
Hosted by Arnav Adhikari

In this episode, we speak to Nivedita Menon about her new book, Secularism as Misdirection: Critical Thought from the Global South (Duke University Pr…

Critical Muslim Studies: Decoloniality

June 12, 2024

Critical Muslim Studies: Decoloniality

Salman Sayyid
Hosted by Radio Reorient

An interview with Salman Sayyid about decoloniality and its place in Critical Muslim Studies. This episode was originally published on April 2, 2019…

Laura Gómez, "Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism" (The New Press, 2020)

June 11, 2024

Inventing Latinos

Laura Gómez

Latinos have long influenced everything from electoral politics to popular culture, yet many people instinctively regard them as recent immigrants rat…