About Morteza Hajizadeh

My name is Morteza Hajizadeh. I am a Ph.D. graduate in English Literature at the University of Auckland. My Ph.D. dissertation was on environmental history and the British gothic novels of the 18th and 19th centuries with a focus on gender and ecofeminism. My areas of research interest are Postcolonialism, Medieval Intellectual History, Critical Theory, Film Studies, Middle East Studies, and Gothic Studies.

Morteza Hajizadeh is a Ph.D. graduate in English from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. His research interests are Cultural Studies; Critical Theory; Environmental History; Medieval (Intellectual) History; Gothic Studies; 18th and 19th Century British Literature. YouTube channel. Twitter.

NBN Episodes hosted by Morteza:

Benjamin J. B. Lipscomb, "The Women Are Up to Something: How Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Iris Murdoch Revolutionized Ethics" (Oxford UP, 2021)

July 9, 2024

The Women Are Up to Something

Benjamin J. B. Lipscomb

The story of four remarkable women who shaped the intellectual history of the 20th century: Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Iris …

Tabitha Stanmore, "Cunning Folk: Life in the Era of Practical Magic" (Bloombury, 2024)

July 7, 2024

Cunning Folk

Tabitha Stanmore

Imagine: it's the year 1600 and you've lost your precious silver spoons, or maybe they've been stolen. Perhaps your child has a fever. Or you're facin…

Firuzeh Shokooh Valle, "In Defense of Solidarity and Pleasure: Feminist Technopolitics from the Global South" (Stanford UP, 2023)

July 4, 2024

In Defense of Solidarity and Pleasure

Firuzeh Shokooh Valle

Including women in the global South as users, producers, consumers, designers, and developers of technology has become a mantra against inequality, pr…

Michael Sonenscher, "Capitalism: The Story Behind the Word" (Princeton UP, 2022)

June 30, 2024


Michael Sonenscher

What exactly is capitalism? How has the meaning of capitalism changed over time? And what’s at stake in our understanding or misunderstanding of it? I…

Matthijs Lok, "Europe Against Revolution: Conservatism, Enlightenment, and the Making of the Past" (Oxford 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…

Malcolm Schofield, "How Plato Writes: Perspectives and Problems" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

June 21, 2024

How Plato Writes

Malcolm Schofield

Plato is a philosophical writer of unusual and ingenious versatility. His works engage in argument but are also full of allegory, imagery, myth, parad…

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…

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…

Mark Stoll, "Profit: An Environmental History" (Polity Press, 2022)

June 9, 2024


Mark Stoll

Profit ― getting more out of something than you put into it ― is the original genius of homo sapiens, who learned how to unleash the energy stored in …

Thersa Matsuura, "The Book of Japanese Folklore: An Encyclopedia of the Spirits, Monsters, and Yokai of Japanese Myth" (Adams Media, 2024)

June 1, 2024

The Book of Japanese Folklore

Thersa Matsuura

Discover everything you’ve ever wondered about the legendary spirits, creatures, and figures of Japanese folklore including how they have found their …

Chris Haufe, "Do the Humanities Create Knowledge?" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

May 28, 2024

Do the Humanities Create Knowledge?

Chris Haufe

There is in certain circles a widely held belief that the only proper kind of knowledge is scientific knowledge. This belief often runs parallel to th…

Helen J. Nicholson, "Women and the Crusades" (Oxford UP, 2023)

May 25, 2024

Women and the Crusades

Helen J. Nicholson

The crusade movement needed women: their money, their prayer support, their active participation, and their inspiration. Helen J. Nicholson's book Wo…

Mona Simion, "Resistance to Evidence" (Cambridge UP, 2024)

May 19, 2024

Resistance to Evidence

Mona Simion

We have increasingly sophisticated ways of acquiring and communicating knowledge, but efforts to spread this knowledge often encounter resistance to e…

Priya Satia, "Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution" (Bloomsbury, 2019)

May 18, 2024

Empire of Guns

Priya Satia

From the seventeenth to the nineteenth century, the industrial revolution transformed Britain from an agricultural and artisanal economy to one domina…

Céline Bessière and Sibylle Gollac, "The Gender of Capital: How Families Perpetuate Wealth Inequality" (Harvard UP, 2023)

May 3, 2024

The Gender of Capital

Céline Bessière and Sibylle Gollac

In many countries, property law grants equal rights to men and women. Why, then, do women still accumulate less wealth than men? Combining quantitativ…

Alexander Statman, "A Global Enlightenment: Western Progress and Chinese Science" (U Chicago Press, 2023)

April 25, 2024

A Global Enlightenment

Alexander Statman

Alexander Statman's book A Global Enlightenment: Western Progress and Chinese Science (U Chicago Press, 2023) is a revisionist history of the idea of …

Jane Hamlett and Julie-Marie Strange, "Pet Revolution: Animals and the Making of Modern British Life" (Reaktion Books, 2023)

April 23, 2024

Pet Revolution

Jane Hamlett and Julie-Marie Strange

Pet Revolution: Animals and the Making of Modern British Life (Reaktion Books, 2023) tracks the British love affair with pets over the last two centur…

Steven Nadler, "Spinoza: A Life" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

April 22, 2024


Steven Nadler

Baruch Spinoza (1632–1677) was one of the most important philosophers of all time; he was also one of the most radical and controversial. The story of…

Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, "The Big Myth: How American Business Taught Us to Loathe Government and Love the Free Market" (Bloomsbury. 2023)

April 5, 2024

The Big Myth

Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway

In their bestselling book Merchants of Doubt, Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway revealed the origins of climate change denial. Now, in The Big Myth: Ho…

Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani, "Merits of the Plague" (Penguin, 2023)

April 2, 2024

Merits of the Plague

Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani

Six hundred years ago, the author of this landmark work of history and religious thought—an esteemed judge, poet, and scholar in Cairo—survived the bu…

Ben Highmore, "Lifestyle Revolution: How Taste Changed Class in Late 20th-Century Britain" (Manchester UP, 2023)

March 31, 2024

Lifestyle Revolution

Ben Highmore

In postwar Britain, journalists and politicians predicted that the class system would not survive a consumer culture where everyone had TVs and washin…

Huaping Lu-Adler, "Kant, Race, and Racism: Views from Somewhere" (Oxford UP, 2023)

March 31, 2024

Kant, Race, and Racism

Huaping Lu-Adler

Kant scholars have paid relatively little attention to his raciology. They assume that his racism, as personal prejudice, can be disentangled from his…

Jeanelle K. Hope and Bill V. Mullen, "The Black Antifascist Tradition: Fighting Back from Anti-Lynching to Abolition" (Haymarket Books, 2024)

March 29, 2024

The Black Antifascist Tradition

Jeanelle K. Hope and Bill V. Mullen

The story of the fight against fascism across the African diaspora, revealing that Black antifascism has always been vital to global freedom struggles…

Robin Waterfield, "Plato of Athens: A Life in Philosophy" (Oxford UP, 2023)

March 28, 2024

Plato of Athens

Robin Waterfield

The first ever biography of the founder of Western philosophy Considered by many to be the most important philosopher ever, Plato was born into a well…