Behind the Cover with Indiana University Press

Behind the Cover with Indiana University Press


Interviews with authors of Indiana University Press books.

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 Hart on African Mobility and Infrastructure

June 3, 2024

Jennifer Hart on African Mobility and Infrastructure

Jennifer Hart
Hosted by Lee Vinsel

Peoples & Things host Lee Vinsel talks to Jennifer Hart, Professor and Chair of the History Department at Virginia Tech, about her work on the history…

Nicholas Underwood, "Yiddish Paris: Staging Nation and Community in Interwar France" (Indiana UP, 2022)

May 21, 2024

Yiddish Paris

Nicholas Underwood
Hosted by Roxanne Panchasi

Nick Underwood's Yiddish Paris: Staging Nation and Community in Interwar Paris (Indiana University Press, 2022) is a captivating study of the culture …

Sarah A. Cramsey, "Uprooting the Diaspora: Jewish Belonging and the Ethnic Revolution in Poland and Czechoslovakia, 1936-1946" (Indiana UP, 2023)

March 9, 2024

Uprooting the Diaspora

Sarah A. Cramsey

In Uprooting the Diaspora: Jewish Belonging and the Ethnic Revolution in Poland and Czechoslovakia, 1936-1946 (Indiana UP, 2023), Sarah Cramsey explor…

Dariusz Tołczyk, "Blissful Blindness: Soviet Crimes under Western Eyes" (Indiana UP, 2023)

March 8, 2024

Blissful Blindness

Dariusz Tołczyk
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

The most heinous Soviet crimes - the Red Terror, brutal collectivization, the Great Famine, the Gulag, Stalin's Great Terror, mass deportations, and o…

Leona Toker, "Gulag Literature and the Literature of Nazi Camps: An Intercontexual Reading" (Indiana UP, 2019)

March 6, 2024

Gulag Literature and the Literature of Nazi Camps

Leona Toker
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Devoted to the ways in which Holocaust literature and Gulag literature provide contexts for each other, Leona Toker's Gulag Literature and the Literat…

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…

Dallas Michelbacher, "Jewish Forced Labor in Romania, 1940-1944" (Indiana UP, 2020)

February 6, 2024

Jewish Forced Labor in Romania, 1940-1944

Dallas Michelbacher
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Between Romania's entry into World War II in 1941 and the ouster of dictator Ion Antonescu three years later, over 105,000 Jews were forced to work in…

Yair Furstenberg, "Purity and Identity in Ancient Judaism: From the Temple to the Mishnah" (Indiana UP, 2023)

January 10, 2024

Purity and Identity in Ancient Judaism

Yair Furstenberg
Hosted by Michael Morales

The concern for purity was the cornerstone of the religious culture of ancient Judaism, shaping the worldview of Jewish people during the Second Templ…

Simone Gigliotti, "Restless Archive: The Holocaust and the Cinema of the Displaced" (Indiana UP, 2023)

December 16, 2023

Restless Archive

Simone Gigliotti
Hosted by Hallel Yadin

The global refugee, the ship passenger, the displaced person. How did their homeseeking routes and visual motifs intersect and diverge in the earl…

Jeremy Black, "A Brief History of History" (Indiana UP, 2023)

November 25, 2023

A Brief History of History

Jeremy Black
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

In A Brief History of History (Indiana UP, 2023), acclaimed historian Jeremy Black seeks to reinvigorate and redefine our ideas about history. The sto…

Elizabeth M. Perego, "Humor and Power in Algeria, 1920 to 2021" (Indiana UP, 2023)

November 20, 2023

Humor and Power in Algeria, 1920 to 2021

Elizabeth M. Perego
Hosted by Tugrul Mende

In times of peace as well as conflict, humor has served Algerians as a tool of both unification and division. Humor has also assisted Algerians of var…

Shay Rabineau, "Walking the Land: A History of Israeli Hiking Trails" (Indiana UP, 2023)

November 12, 2023

Walking the Land

Shay Rabineau

Israel has one of the most extensive and highly developed hiking trail systems of any country in the world. Millions of hikers use the trails every ye…

Philipp Stelzel, "The Faculty Lounge: A Cocktail Guide for Academics" (Indiana UP, 2023)

October 18, 2023

The Faculty Lounge

Philipp Stelzel
Hosted by Michael Vann

The life of a scholar is stressful. The best way to muddle through is with a stiff drink. Balancing teaching, research, and service more than merits a…

Kevin Funk, "Rooted Globalism: Arab–Latin American Business Elites and the Politics of Global Imaginaries" (Indiana UP, 2022)

September 20, 2023

Rooted Globalism

Kevin Funk
Hosted by Nick Cheesman

Triumphant capitalism has in our time engendered a new global class that lives and works in a borderless world, beyond the reach of national politics …

Omolade Adunbi, "Enclaves of Exception: Special Economic Zones and Extractive Practices in Nigeria" (Indiana UP, 2022)

July 31, 2023

Enclaves of Exception

Omolade Adunbi

How do we measure and truly grasp the sweeping social and environmental effects of an oil-based economy? Focusing on the special economic zones resu…

Michele Meek, "Consent Culture and Teen Films: Adolescent Sexuality in US Movies" (Indiana UP, 2023)

July 17, 2023

Consent Culture and Teen Films

Michele Meek
Hosted by Pete Kunze

Teen films of the 1980s were notorious for treating consent as irrelevant, with scenes of boys spying in girls' locker rooms and tricking girls into s…

Laura Hobson Faure, "A 'Jewish Marshall Plan': The American Jewish Presence in Post-Holocaust France" (Indiana UP, 2022)

April 10, 2023

A 'Jewish Marshall Plan'

Laura Hobson Faure

While the role the United States played in France’s liberation from Nazi Germany is widely celebrated, it is less well known that American Jewish indi…

Sabri Ciftci et al., "Beyond Piety and Politics: Religion, Social Relations, and Public Preferences in the Middle East and North Africa" (Indiana UP, 2022)

February 27, 2023

Beyond Piety and Politics

Sabri Ciftci, F. Michael Wuthrich, and Ammar Shamaileh
Hosted by Lamis Abdelaaty

How do ordinary men and women in Muslim-majority societies create religion-informed views of political topics such as democracy and economics? Beyond …

Andrea Dara Cooper, "Gendering Modern Jewish Thought" (Indiana UP, 2021)

January 31, 2023

Gendering Modern Jewish Thought

Andrea Dara Cooper
Hosted by Lea Greenberg

The idea of brotherhood has been an important philosophical concept for understanding community, equality, and justice. In Gendering Modern Jewish Tho…