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 what we call radical and what it means when we do. Case studies range from the Red Decade to political Islam.

The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 12: Radicalism



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Anthony Alessandrini, “Foucault, Fanon, Intellectuals, Revolutions,” Jadaliyya (April 1, 2014)

Talad Asad, Genealogies of Religion and Formations of the Secular

Emily Bazelon, “Who’s Really ‘Radical’?”  New York Times (December 15, 2015)

—.“Making Bathrooms More ‘Accomodating,’” New York Times Magazine (November 17, 2015)

William Cavanaugh, The Myth of Religious Violence

Carl von Clausewitz, On War

Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus

Editors, “Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Nomination.”  New York Times (January 31, 2016)

Faisal Devj,  Landscapes of the Jihad

Michel Foucault, Security, Territory, Population

—.“Polemics, Politics, and Problematizations: An Interview with Michel Foucault” in Essential Works of Foucault, Volume 1: Ethics: Subjectivity and Truth. Ed. Paul Rabinow

—. “Useless to Revolt?” Essential Works of Foucault, Volume 3: Power. Ed. J. D. Faubion

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. (forthcoming 2016)

—. “When Life Will No Longer Barter Itself: In Defense of Foucault on the Iranian Revolution,” A Foucault for the 21st Century: Governmentality, Biopolitics and Discipline in the New Millennium. Ed. Sam Binkley and Jorge Capetillo

Jack Jenkins, “The Book That Really Explains ISIS.” Think Progress (September 10, 2014)

Danny Katch, “Unelectable and Unafraid.” Jacobin (October 28, 2015)

John Leland, “Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump Voters Share Anger, but Direct It Differently.”  New York Times (January 31, 2016)

Brian Massumi, Introduction to A Thousand Plateaus

Aamir Mufti, Enlightenment in the Colony 

Rashid Rida, Jamal ad-Din al-Afghani, Ali Shariati, Jalal Al-e Ahmad

Arbeit Ring

Maximilien Robespierre, “On Political Morality”

Corey Robin, “Bile, Bullshit, and Bernie: Sixteen Notes on the Presidential Campaign.” Jacobin (January 23, 2016)

Olivier Roy, The Failure of Political Islam

Suzanne Schneider, “The Reformation Will Be Televised: On ISIS, Religious Authority and the Allure of Textual Simplicity.”The Revealer (January 26, 2015)

Sohaira Siddiqui, “Beyond Authenticity: ISIS and the Islamic Legal Tradition.” Jadaliyya (February 24, 2015)


Eyal Weizman, “The Art of War”

Raymond Williams, Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society


Technical Details: Recorded on January 31st, 2016 with a Studio Projects B1, a Shure SM-58, a Sennheiser e935on, a SONY-PCM-M10, a Behringer mixer, and a modicum of red wine. This episode of the Podcast for Social Research was edited by Susan Lee

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