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Podcast for Social Research

From Plato to quantum physics, Walter Benjamin to experimental poetry, Frantz Fanon to the history of political radicalism, The Podcast for Social Research is a crucial part of our mission to forge new, organic paths for intellectual work in the twenty-first century: an ongoing, interdisciplinary series featuring members of the Institute, and occasional guests, conversing about a wide variety of intellectual issues, some perennial, some newly pressing. Each episode centers on a different topic and is accompanied by a bibliography of annotations and citations that encourages further curiosity and underscores the conversation’s place in a larger web of cultural conversations.

The Podcast for Social Research welcomes suggestions about the intellectual problems that matter to you. If you have a subject you’d like us to cover, please contact Rebecca Ariel Porte with a brief description of the topic and why it’s of interest.

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The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 18: BISR Public Conversations–Uses of Poetry

Public Conversations: Uses of Poetry is the eighteenth episode of the Podcast for Social Research and features poet, scholar, and divagator Maureen N. McLane, author of Mz N: the Serial, among other works of poetry and criticism, along with BISR faculty member Rebecca Ariel Porte. Maureen and Rebecca talk art in a time of crisis, […]

The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 17: Reading Donna Haraway in the Anthropocene

The seventeenth episode of the Podcast for Social Research centers on recent work by Donna Haraway, whose newest intervention in the fields of feminist scholarship and science and technology studies is titled Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Danya and Ajay discuss anthropocene logics, the trajectory of Haraway’s Marxist feminism, anthropocentrism, detachable […]

The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 16: What Rough Beast? Contending with Trumpism

A sequel to our first, live, election-themed episode of the podcast (Slouching towards Election Day), Episode 16 responds to the urgent need for critical reflection in the wake of the recent, deeply divisive presidential election. Guests Kazembe Balagun (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung), Donna Murch (Rutgers), and Bhaskar Sunkara (Jacobin) convene with BISR faculty including Tony Alessandrini, […]

The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 15: Slouching Towards Election Day

The first live recording of the Podcast for Social Research, episode fifteen takes up the forms and feelings of American electoral politics in light of the least popular election in recent American history. Audrey, Ajay, Jude, Tony, and Rebecca consider the historical background of presidential politics, the apocalyptic rhetoric surrounding the current election, affect in […]

The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 14: Violence and Resistance–Frantz Fanon

In the fourteenth episode of the Podcast for Social Research, Anjuli, Tony, and Ajay talk through the life, work, and legacy of Frantz Fanon, the Martiniquean psychiatrist and philosopher of decolonization who was also a veteran of World War II and an adherent of the Algerian revolution. This conversation takes up major texts in Fanon’s […]

The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 13: Poetic Experiments (Coste Lewis and Nelson)

The thirteenth episode of the Podcast for Social Research considers a recent work of poetry by Robin Coste Lewis (Voyage of the Sable Venus) and a recent work of poetic, theoretical memoir by Maggie Nelson (The Argonauts)—both of which deploy the metaphor of travel by ship. Rebecca and Yanyi converse about narrative and fragmentation in […]

The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 12: Radicalism

The Podcast for Social Research returns with an episode centered on theories of the radical. Departing from Emily Bazelon’s recent New York Times piece, “Who’s Really ‘Radical’?,” Suzy, Tony, and Ajay discuss the etymological origins, historical weight, and contemporary political force of the category of radicalism, asking, in the course of the conversation, who and […]

The Podcast for Social Research: Episode 11: “The Gambler”

This is the eleventh episode of the Podcast for Social Research. (We have a new numbering system!) In this episode, Heather, Raphaele, and I (Ajay), along with special guest Charles Pratt of the NYU Game Center, get together and have a conversation about “gambling” as a concept, its practice and experience, and in its role […]

The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 10: On the 2012 Presidential Election

This is the first episode of the second season of our podcast series, “The Podcast for Social Research.” We recorded this episode on Friday, October 23 with an eye towards relevance to the upcoming election, and also to return to film criticism to inaugurate our second season, much as we began our first.  As such, […]

The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 9: “Eating the Whole Thing” (Part II): Scientism and Indigestion

This is a supplemental episode of our podcast series as well as the final episode of our “first season”! In this episode – actually recorded several months ago – Michael and Ajay engage in a somewhat freewheeling discussion of several issues raised in our previous podcast, particularly questions raised by philosophical naturalism and “scientism.” Along the […]

The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 8: “Eating the Whole Thing” (Part I): Philosophy, Science, and Anxiety

 In this episode of the Podcast for Social Research, Michael, Christine, and I (Ajay) sit down with Professor David Albert of Columbia University to discuss quantum physics, the history of 20th and 21st century physics, the philosophy of science, and a host of related issues, including his recent – and sometimes heated – exchange with […]

The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 7: “Reading Lolita in Tehran”

This is a supplemental episode of our podcast series. While preparing for our most recent podcast, I (Ajay) came across a piece that Gideon Lewis-Kraus had written critiquing an article by Columbia Professor Hamid Dabashi which was, in turn, a critique of Azar Nafisi’s bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran. I was quite taken aback by Gideon’s piece […]