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16 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

S2E9: Vivian Blaxell: Nuclear Cats

January 3rd, 2022


Vivian Blaxell’s brilliant essay, 'Nuclear Cats', was shortlisted for the Melbourne Prize for Literature in 2021. In this Q&A, we get deeper into the thought behind her writing, covering themes like beauty, gender, …

S2E8: Hannah McCann and Shirley Xue Chen: Gender & the Pursuit of Beauty

October 28th, 2021


What are feminine masculinity and masculine femininity, and how do popular digital representations shape our notions of beauty, self-care, and work? …

S2E7: Louise Richardson-Self: Hate speech against women online

October 28th, 2021


Why are women so frequently targeted with hate speech online and what can we do about it? In this talk, we chat with Dr Louise Richardson-Self about her new book, Hate Speech against Women Online, published in 2021 with …

S2E6: Gary Hall: Writing against elitism with 'A Stubborn Fury'

August 20th, 2021


In this Q&A we chat with Gary Hall about his book, A Stubborn Fury. This book offers a powerful and provocative look at the consequences of this …

S2E5: Joanna Zylinska: 'AI Art: Machine Visions and Warped Dreams'

August 20th, 2021


Can computers be creative? Is algorithmic art just a form of Candy Crush? Cutting through the smoke and mirrors surrounding computation, robotics and artificial intelligence, in this Q&A Joanna Zylinska argues that, …

S2E3: Francesca Ferrando: Posthumanism and the Everyday

May 5th, 2021


How can we implement posthuman ways of existing in everyday life? And what does it mean to be 'posthuman' in Australasia? Dr Elese Dowden discussed …

S2E2: Christine Daigle: Can Beauvoir's Existentialism Be a Posthumanism?

April 22nd, 2021


In this Q&A with feminist philosopher Christine Daigle, we discuss how Simone de Beauvoir’s philosophy represents a first major step towards a rejection of the humanist subject. Christine argues that Beauvoir's work …

S1E8: Rose Trappes and Ali Teymoori: Explaining Honour Killing with Sexism and Marginalisation

February 15th, 2021


In this talk, we'll hear from Rose Trappes and Ali Teymoori. Honour killing is the murder of women and sometimes men who have been perceived to have broken codes of sexual conduct in a local community. The crimes are …

S2E1: Matthew Sharpe: The Marketization of Higher Education and Crisis Tendencies: Australia & Germany Compared

February 11th, 2021


In this Q&A, Matt Sharpe gives us insights from his recent public policy research into the impacts of marketization and casualization on …

S1E7: Erin McFadyen: Translating The Animal: Anthropocentrism and Enchantment in Contemporary Australian Poetics

February 11th, 2021


In this podcast, Erin McFadyen thinks about the human desire to voice animal subjectivity, and the limitations of our power to do so. In works such as Les Murray’s Translations from the Natural World and John Kinsella’s …

S1E6: Magdalena Zolkos: Inanimate Witnessing: Trees, Skulls and Fossils in Didi-Huberman's Philosophy of Memory

October 24th, 2020


In this podcast, Magdalena talks about how material objects in cultural memory studies question the philosophic assumptions about inanimate things …

S1E5: Stephen Muecke: 7 Posthumanities Methodological Principles

October 19th, 2020


What is the "posthumanities?" Taking a pragmatic approach to the posthumanities, Stephen's seminar engages with the work of Rosi Braidotti, Isabelle Stengers, Bruno Latour and Lesley Green in order to glean some …

S1E4: Andrew Goodman: The Secret Life of Algorithms: speculation on queered futures of neurodiverse analgorithms

October 19th, 2020


Andrew shows that algorithmic modes of thought have long and problematic histories of collusion in processes of governmentality, dating at least back …

S1E3: Tracy Sorensen: Personification, the Posthuman and the Poseidon Adventure

October 17th, 2020


Tracy asks, 'Do one's abdominal organs "belong" to oneself?' In A Thousand Plateaus, Deleuze and Guattari refer to the Body Without Organs - a …

S1E2: Dinesh Devaraj: Existentialism is No Humanism (Animals: Free Will to Rights, to Justice)

October 17th, 2020


As Dinesh argues, existentialism is no Humanism; that is, no forms of Humanism can be properly existentialist. Sartre’s idea of free will cannot be denied to non-human animals (henceforth simply labelled animals), …

S1E1: Madeleine Shield: How Should we Respond to Shame?

October 17th, 2020


As Maddy explores, shame is the psychological desire to be socially connected and understood, and its fulfillment is essential to our wellbeing and …

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