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Timothy Brennan, "Places of Mind: A Life of Edward Said" (FSG, 2021)

January 13th, 2022


Timothy Brennan is Professor of Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, and English at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of several …

Gil Z. Hochberg, "Becoming Palestine: Toward an Archival Imagination of the Future" (Duke UP, 2021)

January 12th, 2022


In Becoming Palestine: Toward an Archival Imagination of the Future (Duke UP, 2021), Gil Z. Hochberg examines how contemporary Palestinian artists, filmmakers, dancers, and activists use the archive in order to …

Kris Sealey, "Creolizing the Nation" (Northwestern UP, 2020)

January 10th, 2022


Can the concept of the nation be a resource for liberatory political struggle? Are the dangers of nationalism simply too great? In Creolizing the …

71 Jennifer Egan with Ivan Kreilkamp: Fiction as Streaming, Genre as Portal (Novel Dialogue crossover, JP)

January 6th, 2022


This week on Recall this Book, another delightful crossover episode from our sister podcast Novel Dialogue, which puts scholars and writers together …

Anna Watkins Fisher, "The Play in the System: The Art of Parasitical Resistance" (Duke UP, 2020)

January 6th, 2022


What does artistic resistance look like in the twenty-first century, when disruption and dissent have been co-opted and commodified in ways that reinforce dominant systems? In The Play in the System: The Art of …

Ignacio M. Sanchez Prado, "Strategic Occidentalism: On Mexican Fiction, the Neoliberal Book Market, and the Question of World Literature" (Northwestern UP, 2018)

January 4th, 2022


Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado is Professor of Spanish, Latin American Studies, and Film and Media Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. His areas …

Mabel Moraña, "Philosophy and Criticism in Latin America: From Mariátegui to Sloterdijk" (Cambria Press, 2020)

January 4th, 2022


Mabel Moraña's book Philosophy and Criticism in Latin America: From Mariátegui to Sloterdijk (Cambria Press, 2020) explores the complex relationships between the fields of philosophy and criticism, focusing on …

Carol Diehl, "Banksy: Completed" (MIT Press, 2021)

December 30th, 2021


Banksy is the world's most famous living artist, yet no one knows who he is. For more than twenty years, his wryly political and darkly humorous …

Andrew Zitcer, "Practicing Cooperation: Mutual Aid Beyond Capitalism" (U Minnesota Press, 2021)

December 28th, 2021


Have you ever stopped to think about your local grocery cooperative and what makes it different than, say Safeway or Giant or Whole Foods? That is, …

Ian Almond, "World Literature Decentered: Beyond the 'West' Through Turkey, Mexico and Bengal" (Routledge, 2021)

December 27th, 2021


Ian Almond is Professor of World Literature at Georgetown University in Qatar, and author of six books, including Two Faiths, One Banner: When Muslims Marched with Christians across Europe’s Battlegrounds, published in …

Gabriel Yoran, "The Interfact: On Structure and Compatibility in Object-Oriented Ontology" (Open Humanities Press, 2021)

December 24th, 2021


Objects in object-oriented ontology (OOO) are mysterious and inexhaustible entities. But since OOO grants ontological priority to objects, it should …

2.7 The Novel of Revolutionary Ideas: Viet Thanh Nguyen and Colleen Lye

December 16th, 2021


Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning The Sympathizer and its sequel The Committed, joins esteemed scholar Colleen Lye of …

Matthew H. Brown, "Indirect Subjects: Nollywood's Local Address" (Duke UP, 2021)

December 15th, 2021


In Indirect Subjects: Nollywood's Local Address (Duke UP, 2021), Matthew H. Brown analyzes the content of the prolific Nigerian film industry's …

Kate Rigby, "Reclaiming Romanticism: Towards an Ecopoetics of Decolonisation" (Bloomsbury, 2020)

December 10th, 2021


The earliest environmental criticism took its inspiration from the Romantic poets and their immersion in the natural world. Today the “romanticising” of nature has come to be viewed with suspicion. Written by one of the …

Noémi Tousignant, "Edges of Exposure: Toxicology and the Problem of Capacity in Postcolonial Senegal" (Duke UP, 2018)

December 9th, 2021


What is “capacity”? In science research and health interventions, it typically refers to the relative availability of equipment, infrastructure, personnel, and skills needed to get a job done. Noémi Tousignant’s book, 

Kim Charnley, "Sociopolitical Aesthetics: Art, Crisis and Neoliberalism" (Bloomsbury, 2021)

November 30th, 2021


Since the turn of the millennium, protests, meetings, schoolrooms, reading groups and many other social forms have been proposed as artworks or, more …

Eva von Redecker, "Praxis and Revolution: A Theory of Social Transformation" (Columbia UP, 2021)

November 29th, 2021


The concept of revolution marks the ultimate horizon of modern politics. It is instantiated by sites of both hope and horror. Within progressive …

Kevin Bruyneel, "Settler Memory: The Disavowal of Indigeneity and the Politics of Race in the United States" (UNC Press, 2021)

November 29th, 2021


Kevin Bruyneel confronts the chronic displacement of Indigeneity in the politics and discourse around race in American political theory and culture, …

Rana M. Jaleel, "The Work of Rape" (Duke UP, 2021)

November 24th, 2021


In The Work of Rape (Duke UP, 2021), Rana M. Jaleel argues that the redefinition of sexual violence within international law as a war crime, crime …

Joshua Sbicca, "Food Justice Now!: Deepening the Roots of Social Struggle" (U Minnesota Press, 2018)

November 23rd, 2021


Food Justice Now: Deepening the Roots of Social Struggle (University of Minnesota Press, 2018) charts a path from food activism to social justice activism that integrates the two. In an engrossing, historically …

Christos Tombras, "Discourse Ontology: Body and the Construction of a World, from Heidegger through Lacan" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)

November 23rd, 2021


We interview Dr. Christos Tombras, a supervising psychoanalyst with a Lacanian orientation, practicing in London. Dr. Tombras is a member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, UK, and lectures, runs …

Matt Christman and Daniel Bessner, "Hinge Points: A Podcast About Historical Contingency"

November 23rd, 2021


How do we balance the importance of individual human agency with our understanding of larger socio-economic structures? How do we explore crucial “what ifs” in history? How do we make this stuff accessible to a wider …

Gila Ashtor, "Homo Psyche: On Queer Theory and Erotophobia" (Fordham UP, 2021)

November 22nd, 2021


In this episode, I interview Gila Ashtor, a practicing psychoanalyst and critical theorist, about her new book, Homo Psyche: On Queer Theory and Erotophobia (Fordham University Press, 2021). This book proceeds from the …

Joel Whitebook, "Freud: An Intellectual Biography" (Cambridge UP, 2017)

November 17th, 2021


We interview Dr. Joel Whitebook, philosopher and psychoanalyst about his book Freud: An Intellectual Biography (Cambridge UP, 2017). Dr. Whitebook …

Yair Wallach, "A City in Fragments: Urban Texts in Modern Jerusalem" (Stanford UP, 2020)

November 15th, 2021


In the mid-nineteenth century, Jerusalem was rich with urban texts inscribed in marble, gold, and cloth, investing holy sites with divine meaning. …

Julia Bahner, "Sexual Citizenship and Disability: Understanding Sexual Support in Policy, Practice and Theory" (Routledge, 2021)

November 12th, 2021


What does ‘sexual citizenship’ mean in practice for people with mobility impairments who may need professional support to engage in sexual activity? Sexual Citizenship and Disability: Understanding Sexual Support in …

Katja Praznik, "Art Work: Invisible Labour and the Legacy of Yugoslav Socialism" (U Toronto Press, 2021)

November 11th, 2021


In Art Work: Invisible Labour and the Legacy of Yugoslav Socialism (U Toronto Press, 2021), Katja Praznik counters the Western understanding of art – as a passion for self-expression and an activity done out of love – …

Sima Shakhsari, "Politics of Rightful Killing: Civil Society, Gender, and Sexuality in Weblogistan" (Duke UP, 2020)

November 10th, 2021


In the early 2000s, mainstream international news outlets celebrated the growth of Weblogistan—the online and real-life transnational network of Iranian bloggers—and depicted it as a liberatory site that gave voice to …

Michelle Téllez, "Border Women and the Community of Maclovio Rojas: Autonomy in the Spaces of Neoliberal Neglect" (U Arizona Press, 2021)

November 10th, 2021


Near Tijuana, Baja California, the autonomous community of Maclovio Rojas demonstrates what is possible for urban place-based political movements. …

Samuel Moyn, "Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War" (FSG, 2021)

November 10th, 2021


Geographic and temporal limits have typically contained modern wars—rulers can ask their populace to risk lives and treasure for so long before …

Luke Clements, "Clustered Injustice and The Level Green" (Legal Action Group, 2020)

November 8th, 2021


In Clustered Injustice and The Level Green (Legal Action Group, 2020), Professor Luke Clements tackles the problem of the way in which "our legal system generates and exacerbates disadvantage." Examining the …

Jovan Scott Lewis, "Scammer's Yard: The Crime of Black Repair in Jamaica" (U Minnesota Press, 2020)

November 5th, 2021


There is romance in stealing from the rich to give to the poor, but how does that change when those perceived rich are elderly white North Americans and the poor are young Black Jamaicans? In this innovative …

Habiba Ibrahim, "Black Age: Oceanic Lifespans and the Time of Black Life" (NYU Press, 2021)

November 3rd, 2021


Although more than fifty years apart, the murders of Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin share a commonality: Black children are not seen as children. …

Ruby Hamad, "White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color" (Catapult, 2020)

November 3rd, 2021


Called “powerful and provocative" by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of the New York Times bestselling How to be an Antiracist, Ruby Hamad's White …

Hsuan L. Hsu, "The Smell of Risk: Environmental Disparities and Olfactory Aesthetics" (NYU Press, 2020)

November 2nd, 2021


Our sense of smell is a uniquely visceral—and personal—form of experience. As Hsuan L. Hsu points out, smell has long been spurned by Western …

Barbara Grabher, "Doing Gender in Events: Feminist Perspectives in Critical Event Studies" (Routledge, 2021)

October 27th, 2021


Exploring the relationship between gender and events, Doing Gender in Events: Feminist Perspectives in Critical Event Studies (Routledge, 2021) delivers an ethnographic analysis of the celebration of gender equality in …

Daniel Andrés López, "Lukács: Praxis and the Absolute" (Haymarket Books, 2020)

October 23rd, 2021


The Hungarian Marxist philosopher George Lukács has long occupied a complicated place in the Marxist canon of thinkers, both his lived and theoretical practice subject to much critical commentary and debate. While 

Adesola Akinleye, "(Re:) Claiming Ballet" (Intellect Books, 2021)

October 21st, 2021


(Re:) Claiming Ballet (Intellect Books, 2021) by Dr. Adesola Akinleye explores the history of movement through ballet, representation, and the future …

Rebecca L. Stein, "Screen Shots: State Violence on Camera in Israel and Palestine" (Stanford UP, 2021)

October 20th, 2021


In the last two decades, amid the global spread of smartphones, state killings of civilians have increasingly been captured on the cameras of both …

Matthew Fuller, "Investigative Aesthetics: Conflicts and Commons in the Politics of Truth" (Verso, 2021)

October 19th, 2021


Today, journalists, legal professionals, activists, and artists challenge the state's monopoly on investigation and the production of narratives of …

Graham Harman, "Skirmishes: With Friends, Enemies, and Neutrals" (Punctum Books, 2020)

October 18th, 2021


One of the fifty most influential living philosophers, a “self-promoting charlatan” (Brian Leiter), and the orchestrator of an “online orgy of stupidity” (Ray Brassier). In Skirmishes: With Friends, Enemies, and Neutrals

Peter Mitchell, "Imperial Nostalgia: How the British Conquered Themselves" (Manchester UP, 2020)

October 14th, 2021


With Imperial Nostalgia: How the British Conquered Themselves (Manchester UP, 2020) Peter Mitchell offers a “history of the present”. That is to say, it is not a narrative of how we got to where we are, but rather a …

Alana Jelinek, "Between Discipline and a Hard Place: The Value of Contemporary Art" (Bloomsbury, 2020)

October 13th, 2021


Some fields have an easier time describing themselves than others. "History is the study of past events." "Biology is the study of living organisms." …

Terence Renaud, "New Lefts: The Making of a Radical Tradition" (Princeton UP, 2021)

October 13th, 2021


In the 1960s, the radical youth of Western Europe’s New Left rebelled against the democratic welfare state and their parents’ antiquated politics of …

Michelle Caswell, "Urgent Archives: Enacting Liberatory Memory Work" (Routledge, 2021)

October 13th, 2021


Today I talked to Michelle Caswell about her new book Urgent Archives: Enacting Liberatory Memory Work (Routledge, 2021).

What is the place of archives in our society? In archival studies, an answer to this question …

Christopher Phelps and Robin Vandome, "Marxism and America: New Appraisals" (Manchester UP, 2021)

October 12th, 2021


If the United States has been so hostile to Marxism, what accounts for Marxism's recurrent attractiveness to certain Americans? Marxism and America: New Appraisals (Manchester University Press, 2021) sheds new light on …

Working Class History Collective, "Working Class History: Everyday Acts of Resistance & Rebellion" (PM Press, 2020)

October 8th, 2021


Personally, I hate the This-Day-in-History genre. Far too often it is some Great-Man-History trope, representing a rather archaic way of thinking about history. However, I love the social media accounts of Working Class …

Teun Voeten, "Mexican Drug Violence: Hybrid Warfare, Predatory Capitalism and the Logic of Cruelty" (2020)

October 8th, 2021


With an estimated 250,000 people killed in 15 years, the Mexican drug war is the most violent conflict in the Western world. It shows no sign of …

Ted Stolze, "Becoming Marxist: Studies in Philosophy, Struggle, and Endurance" (Haymarket, 2020)

October 7th, 2021


Marxism is having a moment; higher workloads, stagnating wages, rising costs of living, a new economic crisis every few years, a warming climate and now almost two years of a worldwide pandemic have all led to a number …

Henning Trüper, "Orientalism, Philology, and the Illegibility of the Modern World" (Bloomsbury, 2020)

October 6th, 2021


At the turn of the nineteenth century, European philologists were engaged in the study of Semitic languages and Indology, breaking with the past in …

Milton Santos, "The Nature of Space" (Duke UP, 2021)

October 6th, 2021


The Nature of Space (Duke UP, 2021) is a translation (by Brenda Baletti) of pioneering geographer Milton Santos' A Natureza do Espaço, originally published in Brazil in 1996. The book offers a theory of human space …

Lorenzo Veracini, "The World Turned Inside Out: Settler Colonialism As a Political Idea" (Verso, 2021)

October 5th, 2021


Many would rather change worlds than change the world. The settlement of communities in 'empty lands' somewhere else has often been proposed as a …

Jason Ānanda Josephson Storm, "Metamodernism: The Future of Theory" (U Chicago Press, 2021)

October 4th, 2021


For decades, scholars have been calling into question the universality of disciplinary objects and categories. The coherence of defined autonomous …

Joshua Preiss, "Just Work for All: The American Dream in the 21st Century" (Taylor & Francis, 2020)

September 29th, 2021


This is a book about the American Dream: how to understand this central principle of American public philosophy, the ways in which it is threatened by a number of winner-take-all economic trends, and how to make it a …

Linda Steele, "Disability, Criminal Justice and Law: Reconsidering Court Diversion" (Routledge, 2020)

September 28th, 2021


With a focus on the court diversion of disabled people, Disability, Criminal Justice and Law: Reconsidering Court Diversion (Routledge 2020) undertakes a theoretical and empirical examination of how law is complicit in …

Firmin DeBrabander, "Life after Privacy: Reclaiming Democracy in a Surveillance Society" (Cambridge UP, 2020)

September 20th, 2021


As governments and corporations mine our “entrenched culture of sharing” to invade privacy (down to Target creating an algorithm to figure out which …

Alan Shandro, "Lenin and the Logic of Hegemony: Political Practice and Theory in the Class Struggle" (Haymarket Books, 2015)

September 17th, 2021


Few figures stand as prominently in Marxist theory and history as V.I. Lenin. The revolutionary who played a pivotal role in one of the most …

Ginetta Candelario on Feminism, Race, and Transnationalism

September 16th, 2021


Welcome to The Academic Life. You are smart and capable, but you aren’t an island and neither are we. So we are reaching across our mentor network to bring you podcasts on everything from how to finish that project, to …

Rachel Zolf, "No One's Witness: A Monstrous Poetics" (Duke UP, 2021)

September 7th, 2021


In this episode, I interview Rachel Zolf—a poet whose “interdisciplinary practice explores questions about history, knowledge, subjectivity, …

Alex Hochuli et al., "The End of the End of History: Politics in the Twenty-First Century" (Zero Books, 2021)

September 3rd, 2021


We live in strange times. Politics around the world seem to be transforming into something new and often frightening. But this process has a history. …

Christopher R. Martin, "No Longer Newsworthy: How the Mainstream Media Abandoned the Working Class" (Cornell UP, 2019)

September 3rd, 2021


Until the recent political shift pushed workers back into the media spotlight, the mainstream media had largely ignored this significant part of …

Amelia Jones, "In Between Subjects: A Critical Genealogy of Queer Performance" (Routledge, 2020)

September 3rd, 2021


In Between Subjects: A Critical Genealogy of Queer Performance (Routledge, 2021) is a study of the connected ideas of "queer" and "gender performance" or "performativity" over the past several decades, providing an …

Matthew Flisfeder, "Algorithmic Desire: Toward a New Structuralist Theory of Social Media" (Northwestern UP, 2021)

August 26th, 2021


One of the most fundamental aspects of modern life is that much of it is lived on and through social media. We create profiles, post pictures, update stories, and even find new careers and lovers on various sites and …

Stanley Mirvis, "The Jews of Eighteenth-Century Jamaica" (Yale UP, 2020)

August 23rd, 2021


Stanley Mirvis' The Jews of Eighteenth-Century Jamaica: A Testamentary History of a Diaspora in Transition (Yale University Press, 2020) offers an in-depth look at the Portuguese Jews of Jamaica and their connections to …

Lynne Huffer, "Foucault`s Strange Eros" (Columbia UP, 2020)

August 23rd, 2021


Lynne Huffer, the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Womens and Gender Studies at Emory University to speaks widely about the body of her work, …

Carol Anderson, "The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America" (Bloomsbury, 2021)

August 20th, 2021


Throughout American history to the twenty-first century, regardless of the laws, court decisions, and changing political environment, the Second …

Andrea J. Pitts, "Nos/Otras: Gloria E. Anzaldúa, Multiplicitous Agency, and Resistance" (SUNY Press, 2021)

August 20th, 2021


How can we think together multiplicity and agency? How can we resist oppression and build transformative political coalitions while attending to the …

Tom Mould, "Overthrowing the Queen: Telling Stories of Welfare in America" (Indiana UP, 2020)

August 20th, 2021


It is a familiar story: A recipient of public assistance funds is caught buying expensive steaks, seafood, or other luxury foods with food stamps at the grocery store. Or they wear designer clothes and drive extravagant …

Nicola J. Smith, "Capitalism's Sexual History" (Oxford UP, 2020)

August 17th, 2021


As ongoing controversies over commercial sex attest, the relationship between capitalism and sexuality is deeply contentious. Economic and sexual practices are assumed to be not only separable but antithetical, hence …

Hannah Wohl, "Bound by Creativity: How Contemporary Art Is Created and Judged" (U Chicago Press, 2021)

August 13th, 2021


What is creativity? While our traditional view of creative work might lead us to think of artists as solitary visionaries, the creative process is …

Patricia Bickers, "The Ends of Art Criticism" (Lund Humphries Publishers, 2021)

August 6th, 2021


Crisis? What Crisis? At a time where there are repeated claims of the impending demise of art criticism, The Ends of Art Criticism (Lund Humphries Publishers, 2021) dispel these myths by arguing that the lack of a …

Annemarie Mol, "Eating in Theory" (Duke UP, 2021)

July 29th, 2021


As we taste, chew, swallow, digest, and excrete, our foods transform us, while our eating, in its turn, affects the wider earthly environment. In 

Marcello Tarì, "There Is No Unhappy Revolution: The Communism of Destitution" (Common Notions, 2021)

July 28th, 2021


The Marxist philosopher Theodor Adorno once quipped that much of his work was written without practical applications in mind, and that the constant demand for immediate practical relevance felt like being asked by …

Rafia Zakaria, "Against White Feminism: Notes on Disruption" (W. W. Norton, 2021)

July 27th, 2021


Elite white women have branded feminism, promising an apolitical individual empowerment along with sexual liberation and satisfaction, LGBTQ …

Gayle Rogers, "Speculation: A Cultural History from Aristotle to AI" (Columbia UP, 2021)

July 26th, 2021


In a world that purports to know more about the future than any before it, why do we still need speculation? Insubstantial speculations – from …

Lorenzo Fusaro, "Crises and Hegemonic Transitions: From Gramsci's Quaderni to the Contemporary World Economy" (Haymarket Books, 2020)

July 26th, 2021


Gramsci’s concept of hegemony is often invoked, but usually as a means of cultural critique and analysis. However, my guest Lorenzo Fusaro argues in …

Meryl Altman, "Beauvoir in Time" (Brill, 2020)

July 23rd, 2021


Meryl Altman's new book Beauvoir in Time, published by Brill Rodopi Press (2020), situates Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex (1949) in its historical context and responds to criticism that muddles what she actually …

Anna Stenning et al., "Neurodiversity Studies: A New Critical Paradigm" (Routledge, 2020)

July 21st, 2021


Building on work in feminist studies, queer studies and critical race theory, this volume challenges the universality of propositions about human …

Patricia Gherovici and Christopher Christian, "Psychoanalysis in the Barrios: Race, Class, and the Unconscious" (Routledge, 2018)

July 21st, 2021


Psychoanalysis began as a politicized form of treatment for people from all walks of life. Yet in the United States, it has become divorced from …

David Scott, "For Abolition: Essays on Prisons and Socialist Ethics" (Waterside Press, 2020)

July 20th, 2021


According to Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) 'Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.' Connecting the …

Catharina Gabrielsson et al., "Neoliberalism on the Ground: Architecture and Transformation from the 1960s to the Present" (U Pittsburgh Press, 2020)

July 14th, 2021


Architecture and urbanism have contributed to one of the most sweeping transformations of our times. Over the past four decades, neoliberalism has …

William Walters, "State Secrecy and Security: Refiguring the Covert Imaginary" (Routledge, 2021)

July 13th, 2021


In State Secrecy and Security: Refiguring the Covert Imaginary (Routledge, 2021), William Walters calls for secrecy to be given a more central place in critical security studies and elevated to become a core concept …

Robert Ovetz, "Workers' Inquiry and Global Class Struggle: Strategies, Tactics, Objectives" (Pluto Press, 2021)

July 12th, 2021


"The point of studying the world – including the past and other’s writings – is not just to understand it but to use that understanding to change it."

– Harry Cleaver (33 Lessons from Capital – On Reading Marx …

Thomas D. Mullaney et al., "Your Computer Is on Fire" (MIT Press, 2021)

July 9th, 2021


This book sounds an alarm: after decades of being lulled into complacency by narratives of technological utopianism and neutrality, people are waking …

Rahul Rao, "Out of Time: The Queer Politics of Postcoloniality" (Oxford UP, 2020)

July 6th, 2021


Between 2009 and 2014, an anti-homosexuality law circulating in the Ugandan parliament came to be the focus of a global conversation about queer …

Marco Checchi, "The Primacy of Resistance: Power, Opposition and Becoming" (Bloomsbury, 2021)

June 30th, 2021


What is at the heart of political resistance? Whilst traditional accounts often conceptualise it as a reaction to power, this volume (prioritising …

Caroline Seymour-Jorn, "Creating Spaces of Hope: Young Artists and the New Imagination in Egypt" (AU in Cairo Press, 2021)

June 30th, 2021


It is now just over a decade since protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square started Egypt's chapter in the events of the Arab Spring. Much has been made in …

Jane Gallop, "Sexuality, Disability, and Aging: Queer Temporalities of the Phallus" (Duke UP, 2019)

June 28th, 2021


Drawing on her own experiences with late-onset disability and its impact on her sex life, along with her expertise as a cultural critic, Jane Gallop …

Rocío Zambrana, "Colonial Debts: The Case of Puerto Rico" (Duke UP, 2021)

June 24th, 2021


What can debt reveal to us about coloniality and its undoing? In Colonial Debts: The Case of Puerto Rico (Duke University Press, 2021), Rocío …

Susan Crane, "Nothing Happened: A History" (Stanford UP, 2021)

June 23rd, 2021


The past is what happened. History is what we remember and write about that past, the narratives we craft to make sense out of our memories and their sources. But what does it mean to look at the past and to remember …

Gemma Commane, "Bad Girls, Dirty Bodies: Sex, Performance and Safe Femininity" (Bloomsbury, 2020)

June 22nd, 2021


What makes a woman 'bad' is commonly linked to certain 'qualities' or behaviours seen as morally or socially corrosive, dirty and disgusting. Bad Girls, Dirty Bodies: Sex, Performance and Safe Femininity (Bloomsbury, …

David Arditi, "Getting Signed: Record Contracts, Musicians, and Power in Society" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)

June 16th, 2021


How does the record industry work? In Getting Signed: Record Contracts, Musicians, and Power in Society (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), David Arditi

François Matarasso, "A Restless Art: How Participation Won, and Why it Matters" (CGF, 2019)

June 16th, 2021


It is almost twenty years since contemporary art took a ‘participation turn’. Now, just about every museum or theatre company has a participation or engagement department. It is nothing short of orthodoxy that one of …

Manon Garcia, "We Are Not Born Submissive: How Patriarchy Shapes Women's Lives" (Princeton UP, 2021)

June 11th, 2021


We are here today with Manon Garcia, the author of We Are Not Born Submissive: How Patriarchy Shapes Women’s Livespublished this year, 2021, by Princeton University Press. The book was originally published in 2018 by …

Neil Altman, "White Privilege: Psychoanalytic Perspectives" (Routledge, 2020)

June 8th, 2021


Neil Altman’s White Privilege: Psychoanalytic Perspectives (Routledge, 2020) is a slip (80 pages including references and the index) of a book that reads as both addendum and antidote to some of the literature aimed at …

The Social Constructions of Race: A Discussion with Brigitte Fielder

June 7th, 2021


Welcome to The Academic Life. You are smart and capable, but you aren’t an island, and neither are we. So we reached across our mentor network to bring you podcasts on everything from how to finish that project, to how …

Hannah Jones, "Violent Ignorance: Confronting Racism and Migration Control" (Zed Books, 2021)

June 7th, 2021


An elected politician is assassinated in the street by a terrorist associated with extreme political groups, and the national response is to …

Heather Berg, "Porn Work: Sex, Labor, and Late Capitalism" (UNC Press, 2021)

June 3rd, 2021


Every porn scene is a record of people at work. But on-camera labor is only the beginning of the story. Porn Work takes readers behind the scenes to explore what porn performers think of their work and how they …

Sergio Benvenuto, "Conversations with Lacan: Seven Lectures for Understanding Lacan" (Routledge, 2019)

June 3rd, 2021


Conversations with Lacan: Seven Lectures for Understanding Lacan (Routledge, 2019)brings a unique, non-partisan approach to the work of Jacques Lacan, linking his psychoanalytic theory and ideas to broader debates in …

Democracy and Social Critique with Cornel West

June 1st, 2021


Cornel West is the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Professor at Union Theological Seminary. Professor West is among the nation’s most distinguished philosophers. …

Bernard E. Harcourt, "Critique and Praxis: A Critical Philosophy of Illusions, Values, and Action" (Columbia UP, 2020)

May 31st, 2021


Critical philosophy has always challenged the division between theory and practice. At its best, it aims to turn contemplation into emancipation, seeking to transform society in pursuit of equality, autonomy, and human …

Zahi Zalloua, "Being Posthuman: Ontologies of the Future" (Bloomsbury, 2020)

May 31st, 2021


The figure of the human looms large of the history of philosophy, from the ancient Greeks speculating about featherless bipeds to contemporary …

Ana Honnacker, "Pragmatic Humanism Revisited: An Essay on Making the World a Home" (Palgrave, 2019)

May 26th, 2021


How can we feel at home in this world? Pragmatic Humanism Revisited: An Essay on Making the World a Home (Palgrave, 2019) offers a humanist re-reading of philosophical pragmatism and explores its potentials for a …

Nicholas Freudenberg, "At What Cost: Modern Capitalism and the Future of Health" (Oxford UP, 2021)

May 25th, 2021


Freedom of choice lies at the heart of American society. Every day, individuals decide what to eat, which doctors to see, who to connect with online, and where to educate their children. Yet, many Americans don't …

Heba Y. Amin, "The General's Stork" (Sternberg Press, 2020)

May 25th, 2021


In 2013, Egyptian authorities detained a migratory stork for espionage. This incident is the focus of Heba Y. Amin’s The General’s Stork, an ongoing …

L. Ayu Saraswati, "Pain Generation: Social Media, Feminist Activism, and the Neoliberal Selfie" (NYU Press, 2021)

May 19th, 2021


Social media has become the front-and-center arena for feminist activism. Responding to and enacting the political potential of pain inflicted in …

Moya Bailey, "Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women’s Digital Resistance" (NYU Press, 2021)

May 17th, 2021


Where racism and sexism meet—an understanding of anti-Black misogyny. When Moya Bailey first coined the term misogynoir, she defined it as the ways anti-Black and misogynistic representation shape broader ideas about …

Doron Taussig, "What We Mean by the American Dream: Stories We Tell about Meritocracy" (Cornell UP, 2021)

May 14th, 2021


Doron Taussig invites us to question the American Dream. Did you earn what you have? Did everyone else? The American Dream is built on the idea that Americans end up, in our working lives, roughly where we deserve to be …

Cristina Beltrán, "Cruelty As Citizenship: How Migrant Suffering Sustains White Democracy" (U Minnesota Press, 2020)

May 13th, 2021


Cristina Beltrán has written a thoughtful and interrogating analysis of the concept of citizenship, particularly in the United States, and how the …

Tim Jackson, "Post Growth: Life after Capitalism" (Polity, 2021)

May 7th, 2021


I spoke with Prof. Tim Jackson about his latest book: Post Growth, Life after Capitalism, published by Polity Books in 2021.

The book starts with a …

Jillian C. York, "Silicon Values: The Future of Free Speech Under Surveillance Capitalism" (Verso Book, 2021)

May 6th, 2021


What is the impact of surveillance capitalism on our right to free speech? The Internet once promised to be a place of extraordinary freedom beyond …

Domenico Losurdo, "Nietzsche, the Aristocratic Rebel: Intellectual Biography and Critical Balance-Sheet" (Haymarket Books, 2021)

May 5th, 2021


The 19th century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche stands among the canon’s most-cited figures, with aphorisms dotting texts on a variety of topics, and his name evokes strong responses from almost anyone who has …

Danielle Child, "Working Aesthetics: Labour, Art and Capitalism" (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)

April 29th, 2021


Working Aesthetics: Labour, Art and Capitalism (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019) is the story of art and work under contemporary capitalism. Whilst labour used to be regarded as an unattractive subject for art, the proximity …

Alfred L. Martin, Jr., "The Generic Closet: Black Gayness and the Black-Cast Sitcom" (Indiana UP, 2021)

April 27th, 2021


How do race and sexuality intersect in the American sitcom? In The Generic Closet: Black Gayness and the Black-Cast Sitcom (Indiana University Press, 2021) Alfred L Martin, an assistant professor of communication …

Itay Snir, "Education and Thinking in Continental Philosophy" (Springer, 2020)

April 27th, 2021


Itay Snir's book Education and Thinking in Continental Philosophy (Springer, 2020) draws on five philosophers from the continental tradition – Theodor Adorno, Hannah Arendt, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, and Jacques …

Ola Innset, "Reinventing Liberalism: The Politics, Philosophy and Economics of Early Neoliberalism (1920-1947)" (Springer, 2021)

April 26th, 2021


This year, more than 40 books will be published in English with 'Neoliberal' or 'Neoliberalism' in the title. For many in the academy, these …

Kas Saghafi, "The World after the End of the World: A Spectro-Poetics" (SUNY Press, 2020)

April 20th, 2021


In this episode, I interview Kas Saghafi, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Memphis, about his book The World After the End of the World, published through SUNY Press in 2020. In this book, Kas …

Perry Zurn, "Curiosity and Power: The Politics of Inquiry" (U of Minnesota Press, 2021)

April 20th, 2021


Is curiosity political? Does it have a philosophical lineage? In Curiosity and Power: The Politics of Inquiry (University of Minnesota Press, 2021), 

Michael D. Snediker, "Contingent Figure: Chronic Pain and Queer Embodiment" (U Minnesota Press, 2021)

April 16th, 2021


In this episode, I interview Michael Snediker, professor of English at the University of Houston, about his book, Contingent Figure: Chronic Pain and Queer Embodiment, recently published by University of Minnesota …

David Wills, "Prosthesis" (U Minnesota Press, 2021)

April 15th, 2021


In this episode, I interview David Wills, professor of French Studies at Brown University, about his book, Prosthesis, recently republished for its 25th anniversary by University of Minnesota Press. A landmark work in …

Dana Mills, "Rosa Luxemburg" (Reaktion Books, 2020)

April 15th, 2021


Political Theorist and activist Dana Mill’s latest new book, Rosa Luxemburg (Reaktion Books, 2020), is part of an extensive series of books published …

Shannan Clark, "The Making of the American Creative Class: New York's Culture Workers and 20th-Century Consumer Capitalism" (Oxford UP, 2020)

April 6th, 2021


During the middle decades of the twentieth century, the production of America’s consumer culture was centralized in New York to an extent …

Peter Drucker, "Warped: Gay Normality and Queer Anti-Capitalism" (Brill, 2015)

April 5th, 2021


The last several decades have seen tremendous political and cultural strides forward for the LGBTQ+ community with both the legislative and cultural …

Matt Brim, "Poor Queer Studies: Confronting Elitism in the University" (Duke UP, 2020)

April 2nd, 2021


In Poor Queer Studies: Confronting Elitism in the University (Duke UP, 2020), Matt Brim shifts queer studies away from its familiar sites of elite education toward poor and working-class people, places, and pedagogies. …

Robert Beshara, "Freud and Said: Contrapuntal Psychoanalysis as Liberation Praxis" (Palgrave MacMillan, 2021)

March 31st, 2021


Robert Beshara’s Freud and Said: Contrapuntal Psychoanalysis as Liberation Praxis (Palgrave, 2021) is a guide through the textual relationship between the work of Sigmund Freud and Edward Said. It is also a valuable …

Victoria Shmidt and Bernadette N. Jaworsky, "Historicizing Roma in Central Europe: Between Critical Whiteness and Epistemic Injustice" (Routledge 2021).

March 31st, 2021


In Central Europe, limited success in revisiting the role of science in the segregation of Roma reverberates with the yet-unmet call for …

Saher Selod, "Forever Suspect: Racialized Surveillance of Muslim Americans in the War on Terror" (Rutgers UP, 2018)

March 29th, 2021


How does a specific American religious identity acquire racial meaning? What happens when we move beyond phenotypes and include clothing, names, and behaviors to the characteristics that inform ethnoracial …

Robbie Shilliam, "Decolonizing Politics: An Introduction" (Polity Press, 2021)

March 24th, 2021


Robbie Shilliam’s new book for the Polity Press’s “Decolonizing the Curriculum” series explores how the discipline of political science was born of …

Aaron G. Jakes, "Egypt's Occupation: Colonial Economism and the Crises of Capitalism" (Stanford UP, 2020)

March 23rd, 2021


The story is a familiar one. In 1882, the British invaded Egypt to secure payment on the country’s crippling foreign debts and quash the movement for …

Carol J. Adams, "The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory" (Bloomsbury, 2015)

March 19th, 2021


Today I talked to Carol J. Adams about two of her classic texts that have recently been republished.

The first book we discuss, first published in …

Gert-Jan van der Heiden, "The Voice of Misery: A Continental Philosophy of Testimony" (SUNY Press, 2020)

March 18th, 2021


In this episode, I interview Gert-Jan van der Heiden, Professor of Metaphysics and Philosophical Anthropology at Radboud University in Amsterdam, …

M. Fakhry Davids, "Internal Racism: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Race and Difference" (Red Globe, 2011)

March 16th, 2021


What makes racist feelings and ideas objectionable? In his book Internal Racism: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Race and Difference (Red Globe, 2011), M. Fakhry Davids, a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society, …

R. A. Judy, "Sentient Flesh: Thinking in Disorder, Poiesis in Black" (Duke UP, 2020)

March 16th, 2021


In this episode, I interview R.A. Judy, professor of Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, about his book Sentient Flesh: …

Cas Mudde, "The Far Right Today" (Polity, 2019)

March 15th, 2021


What is the difference between Jean-Marie Le Pen’s National Front and Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president? Why should we understand Trump as …

Liat Ben-Moshe, "Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition" (U Minnesota Press, 2020)

March 12th, 2021


Prison abolition and decarceration are increasingly debated, but it is often without taking into account the largest exodus of people from carceral …

Peter Hudis, ed., "The Letters Of Rosa Luxemburg" (Verso, 2013)

March 9th, 2021


Rosa Luxemburg occupies a complex place in our history partly because there are several different Rosa's one can find scattered across the world; the …

Morton Schoolman, "A Democratic Enlightenment: The Reconciliation Image, Aesthetic Education, Possible Politics" (Duke UP, 2020)

March 4th, 2021


Morton Schoolman, Professor in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York at Albany, has published a …

C. L. Estes and N. B. DiCarlo, "Aging A-Z: Concepts Toward Emancipatory Gerontology" (Routledge, 2019)

March 3rd, 2021


It’s often said that the time in our lives can often pass without us noticing. Old age can come before we realize it, and it brings with it new …

J. Lahti and R. Weaver-Hightower, "Cinematic Settlers: The Settler Colonial World in Film" (Routledge, 2020)

February 24th, 2021


The medium of cinema emerged during the height of Victorian-era European empires, and as a result, settler colonial imperialism has thematically …

Patricia Hill Collins, "Intersectionality as Critical Social Theory" (Duke UP, 2019)

February 19th, 2021


Is intersectionality a critical social theory? What must intersectionality do to be both critical and a social theory? Must social justice be a …

Studying LBGT Organizing in China: A Conversation with Caterina Fugazzola

February 18th, 2021


In today’s episode of Ethnographic Marginalia, Sneha Annavarapu talks with Dr. Caterina Fugazzola, Earl S Johnson Instructor in Sociology at the …

How Discrimination Haunts Western Democracy: A Discussion with Michael Hanchard

February 15th, 2021


As right-wing nationalism and authoritarian populism gain momentum across the world, liberals, and even some conservatives, worry that democratic …

Cassandra Falke, "The Phenomenology of Love and Reading" (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016)

February 15th, 2021


In this episode, I interview Cassandra Falke, professor of English Literature ad UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, about her book The …

Lexi Eikelboom, "Rhythm: A Theological Category" (Oxford UP, 2018)

February 10th, 2021


Philosophers have long approached the concept of rhythm as a significant tool for understanding the human experience, metaphysics, language, and the …

Manfred Steger and Ravi Roy, "Neoliberalism: a Very Short Introduction" (Oxford University Press, 2021)

February 8th, 2021


George Orwell once said that “the word ‘fascism’ has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies ‘something not desirable’”. The word …

Jonas Staal, "Propaganda Art in the 21st Century" (MIT Press, 2019)

February 4th, 2021


How to understand propaganda art in the post-truth era—and how to create a new kind of emancipatory propaganda art. Propaganda art — whether a depiction of joyous workers in the style of socialist realism or a film …

Richard Lachmann, "First Class Passengers on a Sinking Ship: Elite Politics and the Decline of Great Powers" (Verso, 2020)

February 2nd, 2021


Being a great power almost seems to invite discussion of decline: whether you are declining, what can be done to prevent or arrest it, and what the …

Leigh Claire La Berge, "Wages Against Artwork: Decommodified Labor and the Claims of Socially Engaged Art" (Duke UP, 2019)

January 28th, 2021


The last twenty years have seen a rise in the production, circulation, and criticism of new forms of socially engaged art aimed at achieving social …

Peter E. Gordon, "Migrants in the Profane: Critical Theory and the Question of Secularization" (Yale UP, 2020)

January 26th, 2021


A beautifully written exploration of religion's role in a secular, modern politics, by an accomplished scholar of critical theory, Migrants in the …

Matthew McManus, "A Critical Legal Examination of Liberalism and Liberal Rights" (Palgrave, 2020)

January 15th, 2021


The tradition of political liberalism has a long and complicated history, filled with twists, turns, critiques and responses that have filled books, …

Christoph Menke, "Critique of Rights" (Polity, 2019)

January 13th, 2021


Christoph Menke, who is professor of philosophy at the Goethe University in Frankfurt Germany and considered the most important representative of the …

Tom Holert, "Knowledge Beside Itself: Contemporary Art's Epistemic Politics" (Sternberg Press, 2020)

January 12th, 2021


What is the role and function of contemporary art in economic and political systems that increasingly manage data and affect? Knowledge Beside …

Barbara Dennis, "Walking with Strangers: Critical Ethnography and Educational Promise" (Peter Lang, 2020)

January 11th, 2021


In this episode, I speak with Dr. Barbara Dennis of Indiana University on her new ethnography, Walking with Strangers: Critical Ethnography and Educational Promise, published in 2020 by Peter Lang Press.

Walking with …

Jemma Deer, "Radical Animism: Reading for the End of the World" (Bloomsbury, 2020)

January 8th, 2021


Jemma Deer’s Radical Animism: Reading for the End of the World (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2020) invites the reader to take a moment and to ponder on the way of reading. In her book, the author challenges the …

Laura Hyun Yi Kang, "Traffic in Asian Women" (Duke UP, 2020)

January 7th, 2021


Can we ever overcome the epistemological barrier to conceptualizing Asian women not as particular cases but as theories, and can women of color …

Regina Rini, "The Ethics of Microaggression" (Routledge, 2020)

January 4th, 2021


Seemingly fleeting and barely legible insults, slights, and derogations might seem morally insignificant. They’re the byproducts of ordinary …

K. A. Young and M. Schwartz, "Levers of Power: How the 1% Rules and What the 99% Can Do About It" (Verso, 2020)

December 30th, 2020


It is often assumed that American politics is dominated by financial elites and the 1%, who use their massive wealth to gain power and influence, …

Jean Casimir. "The Haitians: A Decolonial History" (UNC Press, 2020)

December 28th, 2020


In The Haitians: A Decolonial History (UNC Press, 2020), leading Haitian intellectual Jean Casimir argues that the story of Haiti should not begin …

Matt Christman, "The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason" (Simon & Schuster, 2019)

December 24th, 2020


Let’s face it, 2020 has been a hell of a year. We could all use a good laugh. But as historians and/or fans of history, we have to read something …

Isar P. Godreau, "Scripts of Blackness: Race, Cultural Nationalism, and U.S. Colonialism in Puerto Rico" (U Illinois Press, 2015)

December 23rd, 2020


This is part of our Special Series on Third World Nationalism. In the wake of a rise in nationalism around the world, and its general condemnation by liberals and the left, in addition to the rise of China and Russia, …

Stuart Elden, "Shakespearean Territories" (U Chicago Press, 2018)

December 18th, 2020


What can Shakespeare tell us about territory, and what can territory tell us about Shakespeare? 

In Shakespearean Territories (University of Chicago …

Ashley E. Lucas, "Prison Theatre and the Global Crisis of Incarceration" (Bloomsbury, 2020)

December 8th, 2020


The world of theater performances is often thought of as being composed of wealthy persons who received elite educations at art institutions all so …

Richard Seymour, "The Twittering Machine" (Verso, 2020)

December 3rd, 2020


Former social media executives tell us that the system is an addiction-machine. We are users, waiting for our next hit as we like, comment and share. We write to the machine as individuals, but it responds by …

Rebecca Harrison, "The Empire Strikes Back" (Bloomsbury, 2020)

November 30th, 2020


Why does The Empire Strikes Back matter? In BFI Classics Series's The Empire Strikes Back (Bloomsbury, 2020), Rebecca Harrison, a lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow, tells the story of …

Rosemary-Claire Collard, "Animal Traffic: Lively Capital in the Global Exotic Pet Trade" (Duke UP, 2020)

November 27th, 2020


Parrots and snakes, wild cats and monkeys---exotic pets can now be found everywhere from skyscraper apartments and fenced suburban backyards to roadside petting zoos. In Animal Traffic: Lively Capital in the Global …

Adam Kotsko, "Neoliberalism's Demons: On the Political Theology of Late Capital" (Stanford UP, 2018)

November 25th, 2020


It’s hard to avoid conversations about ‘neoliberalism’ these days. The meaning of the term—indeed its very existence—is hotly contested. Adam Kotsko …

Ani Maitra, "Identity, Mediation, and the Cunning of Capital" (Northwestern UP, 2020)

November 23rd, 2020


The politics of identity have played center stage in many political debates in the last few years, and is often seen somewhat pejoratively as an …

Daniela Vallega-Neu, "Heidegger's Poietic Writings: From Contributions to Philosophy to the Event" (Indiana UP, 2018)

November 18th, 2020


Scholarship on the German philosopher Martin Heidegger has traditionally focused on his magnum opus Being and Time and related earlier work, his …

David Vine, "The United States of War: A Global History of America's Endless Conflicts, from Columbus to the Islamic State" (U California Press, 2020)

November 13th, 2020


Since its founding, the United States has been at peace for only eleven years. Across nearly two-and-a-half centuries, that’s a lot of war. In his new book, The United States of War: A Global History of America’s …

Christine Hong, "A Violent Peace: Race, U.S. Militarism, and Cultures of Democratization in Cold War Asia and the Pacific" (Stanford UP, 2020)

November 9th, 2020


The image of the US as leading a good war to establish liberal democracy and move towards racial equality dominate the discourses of the Cold War. In …

Lisa Adkins, et al., "The Asset Economy" (Polity, 2020)

November 9th, 2020


“The key element shaping inequality is no longer the employment relationship but rather whether one is able to buy assets that appreciate at a faster rate than both inflation and wages”.

So argue Lisa Adkins, Martijn …

K. Yazdani and D. M. Menon, "Capitalisms: Towards a Global History" (Oxford UP, 2020)

November 6th, 2020


Capitalisms: Towards a Global History (Oxford University Press, 2020), edited by Kaveh Yazdani and Dilip M. Menon, aims to decenter work on the history of capitalism by looking at the longue durée from the tenth …

Zakkiyah Imam Jackson, "Becoming Human: Matter and Meaning in an Antiblack World" (NYU Press, 2020)

November 3rd, 2020


In a world where black(ened) flesh, particularly feminine flesh, is considered the ontological zero of humanness, what interventions and …

Elisabeth Paquette, "Universal Emancipation: Race Beyond Badiou" (U Minnesota Press, 2020)

October 20th, 2020


What is Badiou’s theory of emancipation? For whom is this emancipation possible? Does emancipation entail an indifference to difference? In Universal Emancipation: Race Beyond Badiou (University of Minnesota Press, 2020)

Tamura Lomax, “Jezebel Unhinged: Loosing the Black Female Body in Religion and Culture” (Duke UP, 2018)

October 19th, 2020


One of the central threads in the public discourse on Black womanhood is the idea of the “Jezebel.” This trope deems Black women and girls as …

Adam Knowles, "Heidegger’s Fascist Affinities: A Politics of Silence" (Stanford UP, 2019)

October 19th, 2020


The German philosopher Martin Heidegger’s influence over the last several decades of philosophy is undeniable, but his place in the canon has been called into question in recent years in the wake of the publication of …

Dave O’Brien, "Culture is Bad for You: Inequality in the Cultural and Creative Industries" (Manchester UP, 2020)

October 12th, 2020


It would be hard to overstate the importance of culture. It teaches us, heals us, rips us apart and puts us back together in new and surprising ways. …

Elleni Centime Zeleke, "Ethiopia in Theory: Revolution and Knowledge Production, 1964-2016" (Haymarket Books, 2020)

October 12th, 2020


Between the years 1964 and 1974, Ethiopian post-secondary students studying at home, in Europe, and in North America produced a number of journals where they explored the relationship between social theory and social …

Kristin J. Jacobson, "The American Adrenaline Narrative" (U Georgia Press, 2020)

October 8th, 2020


Kristin J. Jacobson In her new book, <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>The American Adrenaline Narrative</em></a> (University of …

Laura Briggs, "Taking Children: A History of American Terror" (U California Press 2020)

September 29th, 2020


Laura Briggs’s Taking Children: A History of American Terror (University of California Press 2020) is a forceful and captivating book that readers …

Yves Citton, "Mediarchy" (Polity Press, 2019)

September 28th, 2020


We think that we live in democracies: in fact, we live in mediarchies. Our political regimes are based less on nations or citizens than on audiences …

Ben Burgis, "Give Them an Argument: Logic for the Left" (Zero Books, 2019)

September 16th, 2020


Logic, the study of how certain arguments either succeed or fail to support their conclusions, is one of the most important topics in philosophy, its importance illustrated by the common assumption that if one is being …

Albena Azmanova, "Capitalism on Edge: How Fighting Precarity Can Achieve Radical Change Without Utopia or Crisis" (Columbia UP, 2020)

September 10th, 2020


Capitalism seems to many to be in a sort of constant crisis, leaving many struggling to make ends meet. This desperation was intensified in 2008, and for many never went away in spite of claims of a general economic …

C. De Beukelaer and K. M. Spence, "Global Cultural Economy" (Routledge, 2018)

September 4th, 2020


How should we understand the role of cultural industries in contemporary society? In Global Cultural Economy (Routledge) Christiaan De Beukelaer, a …

Ronak K. Kapadia, "Insurgent Aesthetics: Security and the Queer Life of the Forever War"(Duke UP, 2019)

September 3rd, 2020


In Insurgent Aesthetics: Security and the Queer Life of the Forever War (Duke University Press), Ronak K. Kapadia theorizes the world-making power of contemporary art responses to US militarism in the Greater Middle …

João Costa Vargas, "The Denial of Antiblackness: Multiracial Redemption and Black Suffering" (U of Minnesota Press, 2018)

August 28th, 2020


An incisive new look at the black diaspora, examining the true roots of antiblackness and its destructive effects on all of society.

Thanks to movements like Black Lives Matter, Western society's chronic discrimination …

Danielle Knafo, "The New Sexual Landscape and Contemporary Psychoanalysis" (Confer Books, 2020)

August 17th, 2020


The sexual landscape has changed dramatically in the past few decades, with the meaning of gender and sexuality now being parsed within the realms of …

Laura Gómez, "Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism" (The New Press, 2020)

August 17th, 2020


Latinos have long influenced everything from electoral politics to popular culture, yet many people instinctively regard them as recent immigrants …

S. Daulatzai and J. Rana, “With Stones in Our Hands: Reflections on Racism, Muslims and US Empire” (U Minnesota Press, 2018)

August 14th, 2020


In this current moment it has become increasingly clear that US society is deeply entangled in racist policies and logics of white supremacy. While …

Mack Hagood, "Hush: Media and Sonic Self-Control" (Duke UP, 2019)

August 12th, 2020


How have we used twentieth- and twenty-first-century sound technologies to carve out sonic space out of the hustle and bustle of contemporary life?

In …

M. Hennefeld and N. Sammond, "Abjection Incorporated: Mediating the Politics of Pleasure and Violence" (Duke UP, 2020)

August 7th, 2020


From the films of Larry Clark to the feminist comedy of Amy Schumer to the fall of Louis C. K., comedic, graphic, and violent moments of abjection …

Michael Rectenwald, "Beyond Woke" (New English Review Press, 2020)

August 4th, 2020


A few short years ago, Michael Rectenwald was a Marxist professor at NYU, pursuing his career and contemplating becoming a Trotskyist, when the …

Khurram Hussain, "Islam as Critique: Sayyid Ahmad Khan and the Challenge of Modernity" (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)

July 31st, 2020


Delighting in Khurram Hussain’s consistently sparkling prose is reason enough to read his new book Islam as Critique: Sayyid Ahmad Khan and the Challenge of Modernity (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019). But there is much more …

Nadine El-Enany, "Bordering Britain: Law, Race and Empire" (Manchester UP, 2020)

July 30th, 2020


How can we understand the legacy of colonialism within contemporary society?

In Bordering Britain Law, Race and Empire (Manchester University Press, …

Andrew Kettler, "The Smell of Slavery: Olfactory Racism and the Atlantic World" (Cambridge UP, 2020)

July 27th, 2020


In his new book, The Smell of Slavery: Olfactory Racism and the Atlantic World (Cambridge University Press, 2020), Dr. Andrew Kettler charts the impact that smell had on the making of race and justifications for …

Marika Rose, "A Theology of Failure: Žižek Against Christian Innocence" (Fordham UP, 2019)

July 27th, 2020


Christian theology has a long and at times contradictory history, riddled with tensions that make it difficult (if not impossible) to develop a …

Ari Linden, "Karl Kraus and The Discourse of Modernity" (Northwestern UP, 2020)

July 24th, 2020


In Karl Kraus and The Discourse of Modernity (Northwestern University Press, 2020), Ari Linden analyzes Karl Kraus’s oeuvre while engaging in the conversation about modernism and modernity, which is shaped and …

Kevin Escudero, "Organizing While Undocumented: Immigrant Youth’s Political Activism Under the Law" (NYU Press, 2020)

July 20th, 2020


Undocumented youth activists are at the forefront of the present-day immigrant rights movement. This is especially true surrounding the activism of the recent SCOTUS decision on DACA issued on June 18, 2020. Professor 

Martin Jay, "Splinters in Your Eye: Frankfurt School Provocations" (Verso, 2020) 

July 15th, 2020


Although successive generations of the Frankfurt School have attempted to adapt Critical Theory to new circumstances, the work done by its founding …

Jonathan Sklar, "Dark Times: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Politics, History and Mourning" (Phoenix, 2018)

July 14th, 2020


"Although small, this book goes against the grain of the current trend for brief soundbites that allow us to pass swiftly over painful information. …

Adrian Johnston, "Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism Volume II: A Weak Nature Alone" (Northwestern UP, 2019)

July 13th, 2020


Engaging with almost any Western philosopher of the last couple centuries means you are usually, whether you realize it or not, working in the shadow of Hegel, his work proving stubbornly resistant to attempts to remove …

Lizzie O’Shea, "Future Histories" (Verso, 2019)

July 13th, 2020


When we talk about technology we always talk about the future—which makes it hard to figure out how to get there.

In Future Histories: What Ada …

Crystal Mun-hye Baik, "Reencounters: On the Korean War and Diasporic Memory Critique" (Temple UP, 2020)

July 10th, 2020


This interview coincides with the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, a war that, as Baik reminds us, has not officially ended.

How are the …

Evan Smith, "No Platform: A History of Anti-Fascism, Universities and the Limits of Free Speech" (Routledge, 2020)

July 2nd, 2020


No Platform: A History of Anti-Fascism, Universities and the Limits of Free Speech (Routledge, 2020) is the first to outline the history of the tactic of ‘no platforming’ at British universities since the 1970s, looking …

Theodor Adorno, "The Authoritarian Personality" (Verso, 2019)

June 30th, 2020


70 years ago, the philosopher Theodore Adorno and a team of scholars released a massive book titled The Authoritarian Personality (Verso, 2019), …

Josh Cerretti, "Abuses of the Erotic: Militarizing Sexuality in the Post-Cold War United States" (U Nebraska Press, 2020)

June 26th, 2020


In this episode, Jana Byars talks to Josh Cerretti, Associate Professor of History and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Western Washington …

George Lawson, "Anatomies of Revolution" (Cambridge UP, 2019)

June 19th, 2020


The success of populist politicians and the emergence of social justice movements around the world, and the recent demonstrations against police …

Marcia Chatelain, "Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America" (Liveright, 2020)

June 18th, 2020


Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America (Liveright, 2020) by Marcia Chatelain is a fascinating examination of the relationship between the …

Micol Seigel, "Violence Work: State Violence and the Limits of Police" (Duke UP, 2018)

June 17th, 2020


Recent calls for the defunding or abolition of police raise important questions about the legitimacy of state violence and the functions that police …

Aaron Kamugisha, "Beyond Coloniality: Citizenship and Freedom in the Caribbean Intellectual Tradition" (Indiana UP, 2019)

June 16th, 2020


Aaron Kamugisha reads CLR James and Sylvia Wynter to glean from them ways to navigate the “beyond” of coloniality. In his new book Beyond …

Robert Nichols, "Theft Is Property!: Dispossession and Critical Theory" (Duke UP, 2019)

June 15th, 2020


Robert Nichols, an associate professor of political theory at the University of Minnesota, has written an engaging and important examination of the …

Edgar Garcia,  "Signs of the America: A Poetics of Pictography, Hieroglyphs and Khipu" (U Chicago Press, 2019)

June 12th, 2020


In his sixth thesis on the philosophy of history, Walter Benjamin wrote, “The only writer of history with the gift of setting alight the sparks of hope in the past, is the one who is convinced of this: that not even the …

Fadi A. Bardawil, "Revolution and Disenchantment: Arab Marxism and the Binds of Emancipation" (Duke UP, 2020)

June 11th, 2020


In his Theses on Feuerbach, Marx famously claimed that philosophers had previously only attempted to interpret the world; the point, however, was to change it. In the 20th century, no philosopher had as great an effect …

Sam Han, "(Inter)Facing Death: Life in Global Uncertainty" (Routledge, 2020)

June 4th, 2020


In modern times, death is understood to have undergone a transformation not unlike religion. Whereas in the past it was out in the open, it now resides mostly in specialized spaces of sequestration—funeral homes, …

Frank Wilderson III, "Afropessimism" (Liveright, 2020)

June 3rd, 2020


How should we understand the pervasiveness – and virulence – of anti-Black violence in the United State? Why and how is anti-Black racism different

Brian Greene, "Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe" (Random House, 2020)

June 2nd, 2020


Brian Greene is a Professor of Mathematics and Physics at Columbia University in the City of New York, where he is the Director of the Institute for …

Viet Thanh Nguyen, "Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War" (Harvard UP, 2016)

May 28th, 2020


According to Viet Thanh Nguyen, all wars are fought twice: first on the field of battle, and then in the struggles over memory. In Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (Harvard University Press, 2016) he …

Thomas A. Discenna, "Discourses of Denial: The Rhetoric of American Academic Labor" (Routledge, 2017)

May 27th, 2020


On this episode of the New Books Network, Lee Pierce (they/she) interviews Thomas A. Discenna of Oakland University about the myriad ways that the …

Santiago Zabala, "Being at Large: Freedom in the Ago of Alternative Facts" (McGill-Queen's UP, 2020)

May 25th, 2020


In recent years, questions around the nature of ​truth ​and ​facts have reentered public debate, often in discussions around journalistic bias, and …

Dana El Kurd, "Polarized and Demobilized: Legacies of Authoritarianism in Palestine" (Oxford UP, 2020)

May 25th, 2020


What demobilizes a once mobilized society? How does international involvement amplify or suppress these dynamics?

In Polarized and Demobilized: …

Noëlle McAfee, "Fear of Breakdown: Psychoanalysis and Politics" (Columbia UP, 2019)

May 22nd, 2020


In his classic essay on the fear of breakdown, Donald Winnicott famously conveys to a patient that the disaster powerfully feared has, in fact, …

James M. Jasper, "Public Characters: The Politics of Reputation and Blame" (Oxford UP, 2020)

May 22nd, 2020


Did Donald Trump win the U.S. presidency in 2016 because he was a master of character work – able to sum up opponents in pithy epithets that encourage the public to see them as weak or immoral? What is character work …

Yassir Morsi, “Radical Skin, Moderate Masks: De-radicalising the Muslim and Racism in Post-racial Societies” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017)

May 22nd, 2020


Muslims living in locations like Australia, Europe, or North America exist within a context dominated by white racial norms and are forced to grapple with those conventions on a daily basis. If they succeed in meeting …

John D. Caputo, "Hoping Against Hope" (Fortress Press, 2015)

May 15th, 2020


John D. Caputo has a long career as one of the preeminent postmodern philosophers in America. The author of such books as Radical Hermeneutics, The …

Adrian Johnston, "Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism: The Outcome of Contemporary French Philosophy " (Northwestern UP, 2013)

May 11th, 2020


In the contemporary philosophical landscape, a variety of materialist ontologies have appeared, all wrestling with various political and …

Sheetal Chhabria, "Making the Modern Slum: The Power of Capital in Colonial Bombay" (U Washington Press, 2019)

May 8th, 2020


In the 1870s, as colonial India witnessed some of the worst famines in its history where 6-10 million perished, observers watched in astonishment as …

Matthew McManus, "The Rise of Post-Modern Conservatism" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)

May 8th, 2020


The election of Donald Trump in 2016 shocked and surprised a number of commentators, especially because his own attitudes seemed to be in conflict with much of what people often associate with conservatism. Matt McManus …

Dominik Finkelde, "Excessive Subjectivity: Kant, Hegel, Lacan and the Foundations of Ethics" (Columbia UP, 2017)

May 6th, 2020


How are we to conceive of acts that suddenly expose the injustice of the current order? This is a question that has puzzled philosophers for centuries, and it’s the question that animates Dominik Finkelde’s book ​

Alexander Zevin, "Liberalism at Large: The World According to the Economist" (Verso, 2019)

May 6th, 2020


The Economist is a curious publication. It always takes a point of view (as opposed to the all-the-news-that’s-fit-to-print approach). It maintains a uniform voice (editors and writers are typically handpicked from the …

Danny Haiphong, "American Exceptionalism and American Innocence" (Skyhorse, 2019)

May 6th, 2020


“Fake news existed long before Donald Trump…. What is ironic is that fake news has indeed been the only news disseminated by the rulers of U.S. …

M. R. Michelson and B. F. Harrison, "Transforming Prejudice: Identity, Fear, and Transgender Rights" (Oxford UP, 2020)

May 4th, 2020


Since the mid-1990s, there has been a seismic shift in attitudes toward gay and lesbian people, with a majority of Americans now supporting same-sex …

Andre Brock, "Distributed Blackness: African American Cybercultures" (NYU Press, 2020)

May 1st, 2020


Technology has been instrumental in allowing audiences to encounter expressions of culture to which they may have no direct connection. The popular …

Fiona Vera-Gray, "The Right Amount of Panic: How Women Trade Freedom for Safety" (Policy Press, 2018)

April 29th, 2020


Have you ever thought about how much energy goes into avoiding sexual violence? The work that goes into feeling safe goes largely unnoticed by the …

Jathan Sadowski, "Too Smart" (MIT Press, 2020)

April 29th, 2020


The ubiquity of technology that collects massive volumes of all kinds of data lends itself to one overarching question: “What?” As in what is the …

Mark Sedgwick, "Key Thinkers of the Radical Right" (Oxford UP, 2019)

April 27th, 2020


The resurgence of the radical Right in America and Europe has drawn attention to the existence of political philosophers and writers whose names are …

Thomas Piketty, "Capital and Ideology" (Harvard UP, 2020)

April 21st, 2020


It seems easier for us today to imagine the thoroughgoing deterioration of the earth and of nature than the breakdown of late capitalism; perhaps that is due to some weakness in our imaginations - Fredric Jameson, The …

K. Aronoff, et al., "A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal" (Verso, 2019)

April 14th, 2020


In early 2019, freshman representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Senator Ed Markey proposed a bold new piece of legislation, now very well known …

Katherine Franke, "Repair: Redeeming the Promise of Abolition" (Haymarket Books, 2020)

April 10th, 2020


Katherine Franke’s ambitious new book challenges Americans to face our collective responsibility for ongoing racial inequality. Rather than fall back …

Matthew McManus and Marion Trejo, "Myth and Mayhem: A Leftist Critique of Jordan Peterson​" (Zero Books, 2020)

April 9th, 2020


In 2016, Jordan Peterson, a relatively obscure professor of psychology, released several videos on YouTube making critical remarks on political …

Anna Bull, "Class, Control, and Classical Music" (Oxford UP, 2019)

April 7th, 2020


What is the relationship between inequality and classical music? In Class, Control, and Classical Music (Oxford University Press, 2019), Anna Bull, a

Marco Z. Garrido, "The Patchwork City: Class, Space and Politics in Metro Manila" (U Chicago Press, 2019)

April 2nd, 2020


In contemporary Manila, slums and squatter settlements are peppered throughout the city, often pushing right up against the walled enclaves of the …

V. Hudson, D. Bowen, P. Nielsen, "The First Political Order: How Sex Shapes Governance and National Security Worldwide" (Columbia UP, 2020)

April 1st, 2020


Global history records an astonishing variety of forms of social organization. Yet almost universally, males subordinate females. How does the …

Matt Cook, "Sleight of Mind: 75 Ingenious Paradoxes in Mathematics, Physics, and Philosophy" (MIT Press, 2020)

March 30th, 2020


Paradox is a sophisticated kind of magic trick. A magician's purpose is to create the appearance of impossibility, to pull a rabbit from an empty …

Erin Hatton, "Coerced: Work Under Threat of Punishment" (U California Press, 2020)

March 24th, 2020


What do prisoner laborers, graduate students, welfare workers, and college athletes have in common? According to sociologist Erin Hatton, they are …

Joshua Foa Dienstag, "Cinema Pessimism: A Political Theory of Representation and Reciprocity" (Oxford UP, 2019)

March 23rd, 2020


Joshua Foa Dienstag, Professor of Political Science and Law at UCLA, considers, in his new book, the interaction between our experiences in watching …

Zahi Zalloua, "​Žižek on Race: Towards an Anti-Racist Future​" (Bloomsbury, 2020)

March 23rd, 2020


The Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek’s prolific quips on various cultural and political issues around race and related issues, …

Sukey Fontelieu, "The Archetypal Pan in America: Hypermasculinity and Terror" (Routledge, 2018)

March 18th, 2020


Relying on Carl Jung’s theory of the complex, as well as the archetypal narratives of the Greek character Pan, Sukey Fontelieu’s The Archetypal Pan …

Dennis Baron, "What's Your Pronoun?: Beyond He and She" (Liveright, 2020)

March 17th, 2020


Today Dennis Baron talks about his new book What's Your Pronoun?: Beyond He & She (Liveright, 2020). Baron is professor emeritus in English at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and has written many books …

Lewis Raven Wallace, “The View from Somewhere: Undoing the Myth of Journalistic Objectivity” (U Chicago Press, 2019)

March 17th, 2020


From the New York Times to NPR, many major news organizations have strict policies about how reporters can conduct themselves in relation to the …

Jonathan Hopkin, "Anti-System Politics: The Crisis of Market Liberalism in Rich Democracies" (Cambridge UP, 2020)

March 6th, 2020


Should we understand the rise of Trump or the success of Brexit in terms of populism? Culture? Xenophobia? Do the same political forces produce …

Richard Polt, "Time and Trauma: Thinking Through Heidegger in the Thirties" (Rowman and Littlefield, 2020)

March 4th, 2020


For some time, the German philosopher Martin Heidegger has been treated with a certain level of skepticism because of his engagement with the Nazi party, a skepticism that has resurfaced with the publication of the …

Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren Klein, "Data Feminism" (MIT Press, 2020)

March 3rd, 2020


The increased datafication our interactions and permeation of data science into more aspects of our lives requires analysis of the systems of power surrounding and undergirding data. The impacts of the creation, use, …

Ariella Aisha Azoulay, "Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism" (Verso, 2019)

February 24th, 2020


Ariella Aisha Azoulay argues that the institutions that make our world, from archives and museums to ideas of sovereignty and human rights to history …

Phil Christman, "Midwest Futures" (Belt Publishing, 2020)

February 24th, 2020


What does the future hold for the Midwest? A vast stretch of fertile farmland bordering one of the largest concentrations of fresh water in the …

Virginia Eubanks, "Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor" (St. Martin's, 2018)

February 20th, 2020


The State of Indiana denies one million applications for healthcare, foodstamps and cash benefits in three years―because a new computer system interprets any mistake as “failure to cooperate.” In Los Angeles, an …

Iyko Day, "Alien Capital: Asian Racialization and the Logic of Settler Colonial Capitalism" (Duke UP, 2016)

February 17th, 2020


In our efforts to comprehend the systematic dispossession of indigenous peoples in settler colonies such as the United States, Canada, Australia, or …

Chenyang Wang, "Subjectivity In-Between Times: Exploring the Notion of Time in Lacan's Work" (Palgrave, 2019)

February 12th, 2020


If you thought Jacques Lacan’s essay on "Logical Time" was the psychoanalyst’s final word on the subject, then this interview has a lot to teach you! In his new book Subjectivity In-Between Times: Exploring the Notion …

Carol Gilligan and Naomi Snider, "Why Does Patriarchy Persist?" (Polity, 2018)

February 10th, 2020


Activists have been working to dismantle patriarchal structures since the feminist and civil rights movements of the last century, and yet we continue to struggle with patriarchy today. In their new book, Why Does …

Sean Jacobs, "Media in Postapartheid South Africa: Postcolonial Politics in the Age of Globalization" (Indiana UP, 2019)

February 4th, 2020


Sean Jacobs, Associate Professor of International Affairs at The New School in New York City. Jacobs is also the founder and editor of the acclaimed

K. Linder et al., "Going Alt-Ac: A Guide to Alternative Academic Careers" (Stylus Publishing, 2020)

January 30th, 2020


If you’re a grad student facing the ugly reality of finding a tenure-track job, you could easily be forgiven for thinking about a career change. …

Adrian Johnston, "A New German Idealism: Hegel, Žižek and Dialectical Materialism" (Columbia UP, 2018)

January 29th, 2020


In 2012, the world-renowned philosopher, psychoanalyst and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek released his 1000-page tome ​Less Than Nothing​, following it …

Helen Taylor, "Why Women Read Fiction: The Stories of Our Lives" (Oxford UP, 2020)

January 27th, 2020


Why and how is fiction important to women? In Why Women Read Fiction: The Stories of Our Lives (Oxford University Press, 2020), Helen Taylor, Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Exeter, explores this …

William Callison and Zachary Manfredi, "Mutant Neoliberalism: Market Rule and Political Rupture" (Fordham UP, 2020)

January 24th, 2020


The neoliberal consensus, once thought to be undefeatable, seems to have been broken both in the wake of the fiscal crisis of 2008, as well as a …

Tad DeLay, ​"Against: What Does the White Evangelical Want?"​ (Cascade Book, 2019)

January 22nd, 2020


What does the white evangelical want? In our moment of crisis and rage, this question is everywhere. Scholars ask from where its desires emerged, …

Ben Green, "The Smart Enough City: Putting Technology in its Place to Reclaim Our Urban Future" (MIT Press, 2019)

January 20th, 2020


The “smart city,” presented as the ideal, efficient, and effective for meting out services, has capture the imaginations of policymakers, scholars, …

Wendy Bottero, "A Sense of Inequality" (Roman and Littlefield, 2020)

January 20th, 2020


How should we understand inequality? In A Sense of Inequality (Roman and Littlefield, 2020), Wendy Bottero, a Reader in Sociology at the University …

Josh Reno, "Military Waste: The Unexpected Consequences of Permanent War Readiness" (U California Press, 2019)

January 17th, 2020


Seven decades of military spending during the cold war and war on terror have created a vast excess of military hardware – what happens to all of …

Jonathan Erickson, "Imagination in the Western Psyche: From Ancient Greece to Modern Neuroscience" (Routledge, 2019)

January 15th, 2020


Imagination is one of the most important elements of being human, but is most often assumed we know what it is, while rarely being analyzed. Here …

Raj Patel, "A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things" (U California Press, 2017)

January 7th, 2020


Award winning activist and researcher Raj Patel has teamed up with innovative environmental historian and historical geographer Jason W. Moore to produce an accessible book which provides historical explanations for the …

H. Appel, S. Whitley, C. Kline, "The Power of Debt: Identity and Collective Action in the Age of Finance" (Institute on Inequality and Democracy, 2019)

January 7th, 2020


As the upcoming 2020 U.S. election finally brings questions of economic justice center stage, this episode discusses the powerful short open-source …

Mark Bartholomew, "Adcreep: The Case Against Modern Marketing" (Stanford Law Books, 2017)

January 2nd, 2020


Advertising is everywhere. By some estimates, the average American is exposed to over 3,000 advertisements each day. Whether we realize it or not, "adcreep"―modern marketing's march to create a world where advertising …

M. Schneider-Mayerson and B. R. Bellamy, "An Ecotopian Lexicon" (U Minnesota Press, 2019)

December 27th, 2019


By choice or not, the catastrophes of global warming and mass extinction task young generations with reorienting human relationships with the earth’s systems, resources, and lifeforms. The extractavist mindset that …

Jason Read, "The Politics of Transindividuality" (Haymarket Books, 2017)

December 26th, 2019


Many major political questions today revolve around questions of human nature; what sort of people we are and what sort of people we're capable of …

Phoebe Moore, "The Quantified Self in Precarity: Work, Technology and What Counts" (Routledge, 2017)

December 26th, 2019


Humans are accustomed to being tool bearers, but what happens when machines become tool bearers, calculating human labour via the use of big data and …

Xiao Liu, "Information Fantasies: Precarious Mediation in Postsocialist China" (U Minnesota Press, 2019)

December 21st, 2019


International and transnational historiography has given us vivid glimpses of the development and impact of cybernetics on a national scale in such countries as the Soviet Union, Chile and, of course, in the US and …

Chris Arnade, "Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America" (Sentinel, 2019)

December 11th, 2019


A lot of politicians like to say that there are “two Americas,” but do any of them know what life is really like for the marginalized poor?

We speak …

Simone Knox and Kai Hanno Schwind, "Friends: A Reading of the Sitcom" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)

December 10th, 2019


What does Friends mean to us now? In Friends: A Reading of the Sitcom (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), Simone Knox, an Associate Professor in the Department of Film, Theatre, and Television at the University of Reading, and

Vicky Pryce, "Women vs. Capitalism: Why We Can't Have It All in a Free Market Economy" (Hurst, 2019)

December 10th, 2019


Free market capitalism has failed women, and even the recent progress that had been made in closing the gender wage gap has leveled off in many rich democracies. Vicky Pryce helps us understand the causes of this …

Victoria Reyes, "Global Borderlands: Fantasy, Violence, and Empire in Subic Bay, Philippines" (Stanford UP, 2019)

December 4th, 2019


Increasing levels of globalization have led to the proliferation of spaces of international exchange. In her new book, Global Borderlands: Fantasy, …

Alberto Cairo, "How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter about Visual Information" (Norton, 2019)

December 3rd, 2019


We’ve all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, but what if we don’t understand what we’re looking at? Social media has made charts, infographics, and diagrams ubiquitous―and easier to share than ever. We …

Srdja Popovic, "Blueprint for Revolution" (Spiegel and Grau, 2015)

December 2nd, 2019


20 years ago, Srdja Popovic was part of a revolution — literally. He was a founding member of the Otpor! movement that ousted Serbia Slobodan …

James Gordon Finlayson, "The Habermas-Rawls Debate" (Columbia UP, 2019)

November 22nd, 2019


Jürgen Habermas and John Rawls are perhaps the two most renowned and influential figures in social and political philosophy of the second half of the …

Jonathan Rothwell, "A Republic of Equals: A Manifesto for a Just Society" (Princeton UP, 2019)

November 20th, 2019


Inequality in the U.S. has increased dramatically over the past decades -- on that there is agreement. There is less agreement on the causes of that inequality, the consequences of it, and, perhaps least of all, what to …

Richard J. Bernstein, "Why Read Hannah Arendt Now" (Polity, 2018)

November 20th, 2019


Nobody should feel excited about the renewed relevance of Hannah Arendt's work today. Her foresight about the fragility of democratic life is …

Ian Parker, "Psychoanalysis, Clinic, and Context: Subjectivity, History, and Autobiography" (Routledge, 2019)

November 13th, 2019


There are many pathways into the world of psychoanalysis. Some arrive from fields like psychiatry and psychology; some from literature, philosophy, …

Stuart Schrader, "​Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing​" (U California Press, 2019)

November 5th, 2019


Following World War II, in the midst of global decolonization and intensifying freedom struggles within its borders, the United States developed a …

Nina Sun Eidsheim, "The Race of Sound: Listening, Timbre and Vocality in African American Music" (Duke UP, 2019)

November 4th, 2019


In 2018, Nicolle R. Holliday and Daniel Villarreal published the results of a study they conducted asking people to rank how “black” President Obama …

Kathryn Conrad on University Press Publishing

November 3rd, 2019


As you may know, university presses publish a lot of good books. In fact, they publish thousands of them every year. They are different from most trade books in that most of them are what you might called "fundamental …

Lynne Pettinger, "What’s Wrong with Work?" (Policy Press, 2019)

October 31st, 2019


How should we understand work? In What’s Wrong with Work? (Policy Press, 2019), Lynn Pettinger, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of …

Christian Sorace, "Afterlives of Chinese Communism” (Verso-ANU Press, 2019)

October 29th, 2019


What to make of the fact that China is ruled by a Communist Party which detains and arrests people studying Maoism, organising workers, or …

J. Neuhaus, "Geeky Pedagogy: A Guide for Intellectuals, Introverts, and Nerds Who Want to Be Effective Teachers" (West Virginia UP, 2019)

October 24th, 2019


The things that make people academics -- as deep fascination with some arcane subject, often bordering on obsession, and a comfort with the solitude …

Erik Harms, "Luxury and Rubble: Civility and Dispossession in the New Saigon" (U California Press, 2016)

October 22nd, 2019


What happens when market-oriented policy reforms butt heads with a single-party state’s strictly maintained limits on political freedoms? That …

David Farber, "Crack: Rock Cocaine, Street Capitalism, and the Decade of Greed" (Cambridge UP, 2019)

October 16th, 2019


A shattering account of the crack cocaine years from award-winning American historian David Farber, Crack: Rock Cocaine, Street Capitalism, and the Decade of Greed (Cambridge University Press, 2019) tells the story of …

Wendy Brown, "In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: The Rise of Antidemocratic Politics in the West" (Columbia UP, 2019)

October 14th, 2019


Neoliberalism is one of those fuzzy words that can mean something different to everyone. Wendy Brown is one of the world’s leading scholars on …

T. L. Bunyasi and C. W. Smith, "Stay Woke: A People’s Guide to Making All Black Lives Matter" (NYU Press, 2019)

October 14th, 2019


Tehama Lopez Bunyasi and Candis Watts Smith have written an accessible and important book about the #BlackLivesMatter social movement and broader considerations of, essentially, how we got to where we are, in the United …

Amy Allen and Mari Ruti, "Critical Theory Between Klein and Lacan: A Dialogue," Part 2 (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)

October 11th, 2019


What happens when a Kleinian and Lacanian have a committed, generous, and accessible conversation about the commonalities and differences between their psychoanalytic perspectives? In this special, two-part interview, …

Amy Allen and Mari Ruti, "Critical Theory Between Klein and Lacan: A Dialogue" (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)

September 16th, 2019


What happens when a Kleinian and Lacanian have a committed, generous, and accessible conversation about the commonalities and differences between their psychoanalytic perspectives? In this special, two-part interview, …

Alexandra Minna Stern, "White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right Is Warping the American Imagination" (Beacon Press, 2019)

September 11th, 2019


In this episode, Dr. Alexandra Minna Stern and I discuss her latest book, Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right Is Warping the …

Mubbashir A. Rizvi, "The Ethics of Staying: Social Movements and Land Rights Politics in Pakistan" (Stanford UP, 2019)

September 6th, 2019


The military coup that brought General Pervez Musharraf to power as Pakistan's tenth president resulted in the abolition of a century-old …

Adem Yavuz Elveren, "The Economics of Military Spending: A Marxist Perspective" (Routledge, 2019)

September 3rd, 2019


I spoke with Dr Adem Yavuz Elveren about his book on the economics of military spending; this is a very original theoretical and empirical …

Alpa Shah, et al., "Ground Down by Growth: Tribe, Caste, Class and Inequality in 21st-Century India" (Pluto Press, 2017)

August 7th, 2019


A recent UNDP report makes the astonishing claim that India has halved its poverty between 2006 and 2016. Moving us past the rosy picture, Alpa Shah

Anne O’Brien, "Women, Inequality and Media Work" (Routledge, 2019)

August 2nd, 2019


How do women experience gender inequality in film and television production industries? In Women, Inequality and Media Work (Routledge, 2019), Dr Anne O’Brien, lecturer in the Department of Media Studies at Maynooth …

Jaime Alves, "Anti-Black City: Police Terror and Black Urban Life in Brazil (U Minnesota Press, 2018)

August 2nd, 2019


The 2018 election of far-right president Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil has brought the issues of police violence, racial discrimination, and misogyny to …

A. Ricardo López-Pedreros, "Makers of Democracy: A Transnational History of the Middle Classes in Colombia" (Duke UP, 2019)

August 1st, 2019


This tightly argued social and intellectual history of the middle classes in Colombia makes a compelling case for the importance of both …

Stijn Vanheule, Derek Hook and Calum Neill, "Reading Lacan’s Écrits" (Routledge, 2018)

July 15th, 2019


Lacan published his Écrits in 1966, a compilation of his written work up to that middle period in his teaching. Notoriously difficult to read, the …

Bhakti Shringarpure, "Cold War Assemblages: Decolonization to Digital" (Routledge, 2019)

July 3rd, 2019


Bhakti Shringarpure has written a fascinating, multidimensional analysis of the Cold War and decolonization and the often-under-explored connections …

Carolina Alonso Bejarano, "Decolonizing Ethnography: Undocumented Immigrants and New Directions in Social Science" (Duke UP, 2019)

July 1st, 2019


Almost 30 years ago, following the lead of scholars and thinkers of color and from the global South, anthropologist Faye Harrison and some of her …

Kristen Ghodsee, "Red Hangover: Legacies of Twentieth-Century Communism" (Duke UP, 2017)

June 27th, 2019


I am a child of the so-called transition in Bulgaria and growing-up I could never understand why my parents and grandparents would spend our family …

Anne A. Cheng, "Ornamentalism" (Oxford UP, 2019)

June 21st, 2019


On this episode, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they)--Asst. Prof. of Rhetoric and Communication at the State University of New York at Geneseo--Dr. Anne Cheng (she/hers)--Professor of English and Director of the Program in …

Camisha Russell, "The Assisted Reproduction of Race" (Indiana UP, 2018)

June 20th, 2019


Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) such as in vitro fertilization and surrogacy have been critically examined within philosophy, particularly …

A. Nilsen, K. Nielsen, A. Vaidya, "Indian Democracy: Origins, Trajectories, Contestations" (Pluto Press, 2019)

June 14th, 2019


More than 70 years after its founding, with Narendra Modi's authoritarian Hindu nationalists in government, is the dream of Indian democracy still alive and well? Indian Democracy: Origins, Trajectories, Contestations …

Bryan McCann, "The Mark of Criminality: Rhetoric, Race, and Gangsta Rap in the War-on-Crime Era" (U Alabama Press, 2017)

June 12th, 2019


On this episode, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they)--Asst. Prof. of Communication at SUNY Geneseo--interviews Bryan McCann (he/his)--Associate Professor of …

Clare Daniel, "Mediating Morality: The Politics of Teen Pregnancy in the Post-Welfare Era" (U Massachusetts Press, 2017)

June 11th, 2019


On this episode, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they)--Asst. Prof. of Rhetoric and Communication at the State University of New York at Geneseo--interviews Dr. …

Annie McClanahan, "Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and Twenty-First Century Culture" (Stanford UP, 2016)

June 7th, 2019


When teaching a public course called “The Age of Debt” this winter break, I had the strange realization that one of the the most successful readings …

Niall Geraghty, "The Polyphonic Machine: Capitalism, Political Violence, and Resistance in Contemporary Argentine Literature" (U Pittsburgh Press, 2019)

May 30th, 2019


What options for resistance are left to the author of fiction in a nation structured by totalizing political and economic violence? This is the …

Zachary Kramer, "Outsiders: Why Difference is the Future of Civil Rights" (Oxford UP, 2019)

May 27th, 2019


Outsiders: Why Difference is the Future of Civil Rights(Oxford University Press, 2019) by Zachary Kramer (Oxford University Press, 2019) sets forth an imaginative critique of the way that civil rights law currently …

Dia Da Costa, "Politicizing Creative Economy: Activism and a Hunger Called Theater" (U Illinois Press, 2016)

May 24th, 2019


In a world where heritage, culture, creativity, and the capacity to imagine are themselves commodified and sold under the banner of neoliberal …

Jinhua Dai (ed. Lisa Rofel), "After the Post-Cold War: The Future of Chinese History" (Duke UP, 2018)

May 23rd, 2019


Although not all that well known to English-speaking audiences, cultural critic and Peking University professor Jinhua Dai’s incisive commentaries …

Anne A. Cheng, "Ornamentalism" (Oxford UP, 2019)

May 22nd, 2019


In her original and thought-provoking book Ornamentalism (Oxford University Press, 2019), Anne A. Cheng illustrates the longstanding relationship between the ‘oriental’ and the ‘ornamental’. So doing, she moves beyond a …

Kimberly Chong, "Best Practice: Management Consulting and the Ethics of Financialization in China" (Duke UP, 2018)

May 20th, 2019


What do management consultants do, and how do they do it? These two deceptively simple questions are at the centre of Best Practice: Management …

Melanie Ramdarshan Bold, "Inclusive Young Adult Fiction: Authors of Colour in the United Kingdom" (Palgrave, 2019)

May 14th, 2019


Does publishing have a diversity problem? In Inclusive Young Adult Fiction: Authors of Colour in the United Kingdom Dr Melanie Ramdarshan Bold, an

David Courtwright, "The Age of Addiction: How Bad Habits Became Big Business" (Harvard UP, 2019)

May 10th, 2019


We are living in an age of addiction, from compulsive gaming and binge eating to pornography and opioid abuse. Today I talked with historian David …

Robin Truth Goodman, "The Bloomsbury Handbook of 21st-Century Feminist Theory" (Bloomsbury, 2019)

May 10th, 2019


The book I’m bringing you today, The Bloomsbury Handbook of 21st-Century Feminist Theory (Bloomsbury, 2019) is the most comprehensive available survey of the state of the art of contemporary feminist thought. This is a …

Ann Gleig, "American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity" (Yale UP, 2019)

April 26th, 2019


In her new book, American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity (Yale University Press, 2019), Ann Gleig makes a major contribution to scholarship on …

Jamila Lee-Johnson, and Ashley Gaskew, "Critical Theory and Qualitative Data Analysis in Education" (Routledge, 2018)

April 12th, 2019


Jamila Lee-Johnson and Ashley Gaskew, doctoral students in education at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, join us in this episode to discuss …

Leta Hong Fincher, "Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China" (Verso, 2018)

April 12th, 2019


On the eve of International Women’s Day in 2015, five activists were detained by the police in China for their plans to distribute anti-sexual …

John Komlos, "Foundations of Real-World Economics: What Every Economics Student Needs to Know" (Routledge, 2019)

April 3rd, 2019


I met with John Komlos, an American economic historian of Hungarian descent and former holder of the Chair of Economic History at the University of …

Discussion of Massive Online Peer Review and Open Access Publishing

March 19th, 2019


In the information age, knowledge is power. Hence, facilitating the access to knowledge to wider publics empowers citizens and makes societies more democratic. How can publishers and authors contribute to this process? …

Natalie Koch, "Critical Geographies of Sport: Space, Power, and Sport in Global Perspective" (Routledge, 2017)

March 12th, 2019


Today we are joined by Natalie Koch, Associate Professor of Geography at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, …

Kate Ervine, "Carbon" (Polity, 2018)

March 12th, 2019


The crisis of global warming overwhelms the imagination with its urgency, yet more than ever we need patient, clear-sighted. and careful assessments …

Farhana Shaikh, "From Imposter to Impact: Arts Leadership in the 21st Century" (Dahlia Publishing, 2019)

March 5th, 2019


What are the characteristics of the 21st Century arts leader? In From Imposter to Impact: Arts Leadership in the 21st Century (Dahlia Publishing, 2019), Farhana Shaikh, a writer, publisher, and journalist, details …

Martin Demant Frederiksen, "An Anthropology of Nothing in Particular" (Zero Books, 2018)

February 28th, 2019


An Anthropology of Nothing in Particular (Zero Books, 2018) is an “exploration of what goes missing when one looks for meaning” (p. 1). The book is …

Oded Nir, "Signatures of Struggle: The Figuration of Collectivity in Israeli Fiction" (SUNY Press, 2018)

February 22nd, 2019


Signatures of Struggle: The Figuration of Collectivity in Israeli Fiction (SUNY Press, 2018) offers a new understanding on Israeli literature and …

Catherine Baker, “Race and the Yugoslav Region: Postsocialist, Post-Conflict, Postcolonial?” (Manchester UP, 2018)

February 21st, 2019


Catherine Baker’s fascinating new book poses a deceptively simple question: what does race have to do with the Yugoslav region? Eastern European studies has often framed the region as unimplicated in global formations …

David Ray Papke, "Containment and Condemnation: Law and the Oppression of the Urban Poor" (Michigan State UP, 2019)

February 15th, 2019


The law does things, writes David Ray Papke, and it says things, and if we are talking about poor Americans, especially those living in big cities, …

Matthew Longo, "The Politics of Borders: Sovereignty, Security, and the Citizen after 9/11" (Cambridge UP, 2017)

February 4th, 2019


In his new book, Matthew Longo takes the reader on an unusual journey, at least within political theory, since his work combines a normative …

Steven Attewell, "People Must Live by Work: Direct Job Creation in America, from FDR to Reagan" (U Penn Press, 2018)

January 31st, 2019


There’s lot of talk these days, at least in some circles on the left, of a Universal Basic Income. There’s also talk in many of the same circles of a jobs guarantee. Join us as we speak with Steven Attewell, author of

Rosalind Fredericks, "Garbage Citizenship: Vital Infrastructures of Labor in Dakar, Senegal" (Duke UP, 2018)

January 29th, 2019


The production and removal of garbage, as a key element of the daily infrastructure of urban life, is deeply embedded in social, moral, and political …

Arnika Fuhrmann, "Ghostly Desires: Queer Sexuality and Vernacular Buddhism in Contemporary Thai Cinema" (Duke UP, 2016)

January 22nd, 2019


Since the late 1990s Thai cinema has come to global attention with movies like the famous ghost film, Nang Nak, and more recently the evocative films …

Shanna de la Torre, "Sex for Structuralists: The Non-Oedipal Logics of Femininity and Psychosis" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

January 17th, 2019


What might Levi-Strauss and structuralism have to offer to psychoanalysis beyond the incest prohibition and the Oedipus complex? What happens if we …

Andrea Micocci and Flavia Di Mario, "The Fascist Nature of Neoliberalism" (Routledge, 2017)

January 4th, 2019


Today I spoke with Flavia di Mario, a young scholar of political economy and industrial relations. She coauthored a very provocative book with Andrea …

Hannah Holleman, "Dust Bowls of Empire: Imperialism, Environmental Politics, and the Injustice of 'Green' Capitalism" (Yale UP, 2018)

December 17th, 2018


None of the climate news that we’re getting is good right now, especially now that a number of governments are reversing or failing to meet commitments they made as part of the Paris Climate Accord. One of the …

McKenzie Wark, "General Intellects: Twenty-One Thinkers for the Twenty-First Century" (Verso, 2017)

December 6th, 2018


McKenzie Wark’s new book offers 21 focused studies of thinkers working in a wide range of fields who are worth your attention. The chapters of General Intellects: Twenty-One Thinkers for the Twenty-First Century (Verso, …

Llerena Searle, "Landscapes of Accumulation: Real Estate and the Neoliberal Imagination in Contemporary India" (U Chicago Press, 2015)

December 5th, 2018


Few who have visited India in the past two decades will have failed to noticed the sudden and spectacular urban transformation that has taken place …

Oli Mould, "Against Creativity" (Verso, 2018)

November 28th, 2018


Can every aspect of society be 'creative'? In Against Creativity (Verso, 2018), Oli Mould, a lecturer in geography at Royal Holloway, University of …

Grant Farred, "The Burden of Over-Representation: Race, Sport, and Philosophy" (Temple UP, 2018)

November 28th, 2018


Today we are joined by Grant Farred, Professor of Africana Studies and English at Cornell University.  Farred is the author of The Burden of Over-Representation: Race, Sport, and Philosophy(Temple University Press, …

Keisha Lindsay, "In a Classroom of Their Own: The Intersection of Race and Feminist Politics in All-Black Male Schools" (U Illinois Press, 2018)

November 28th, 2018


According to most experts, boys have more trouble in schools than girls. Further, African-American boys have even more trouble than, say, white boys. …

Julie L. Rose, "Free Time" (Princeton UP, 2018)

November 28th, 2018


Though early American labor organizers agitated for the eight-hour workday on the grounds that they were entitled to “eight hours for work, eight hours for rest, and eight hours for what we will,” free time as a …

Michelle Fine, “Just Research in Contentious Times: Widening the Methodological Imagination” (Teachers College, 2018)

November 16th, 2018


What can a researcher do to promote social justice? A conventional image of a researcher describes her staying in the ivory tower for most of the time, producing papers filled with academic jargons periodically, and …

Chris Horrocks, “The Joy of Sets: A Short History of the Television” (Reaktion Press, 2017)

November 8th, 2018


Television started as a dream of nineteenth-century science fiction. It took its place in the twentieth-century home, and became a fixture of family …

Claudia Sadowski-Smith, “The New Immigrant Whiteness: Race, Neoliberalism, and Post-Soviet Migration to the United States” (NYU Press, 2018)

October 30th, 2018


From Dancing with the Stars to the high-profile airport abandonment of seven-year-old Artyom Savelyev by his American adoptive parents in April 2010, …

Richard Baxstrom and Todd Meyers, “Violence’s Fabled Experiment” (August Verlag, 2018)

October 11th, 2018


Richard Baxstrom and Todd Meyers are anthropologists who have an interest in studying film for its value in a way to view the world. In Violence’s …

Jacqueline Rose ,”Mothers: An Essay on Love and Cruelty” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018)

October 10th, 2018


I left the kitchen radio on while reading Jacqueline Rose‘s Mothers: An Essay on Love and Cruelty (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018) in preparation for this interview. It was June. Putting the book down for a minute to …

Joel R. Pruce, “The Mass Appeal of Human Rights” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)

October 3rd, 2018


How can human rights campaigns function in consumer and celebrity society? In The Mass Appeal of Human Rights (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), Joel Pruce, …

Irfan Ahmad, “Religion as Critique: Islamic Critical Thinking from Mecca to the Marketplace” (UNC Press, 2017)

October 1st, 2018


In the last few decades, questions relating to Islam’s compatibility with liberal secular democracy, or the question of why Islam remains …

Michael Levien, “Dispossession Without Development: Land Grabs in Neoliberal India” (Oxford UP, 2018)

September 20th, 2018


Historically ubiquitous at least since the 15th century and integral to the rise and consolidation of capitalism, land dispossession has re-emerged …

Steven Stoll, “Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia” (Hill and Wang, 2017)

September 19th, 2018


As you’ll hear in this interview with Steven Stoll, his latest book Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia (Hill and Wang, 2017) is “really a book …

Dagmar Herzog, “Cold War Freud: Psychoanalysis in an Age of Catastrophes” (Cambridge UP, 2017)

September 7th, 2018


‘Create two, three—many Freuds!’ That, Dagmar Herzog shows, was the forgotten slogan of the Cold War. With Cold War Freud: Psychoanalysis in an Age …

Larisa Jašarević, “Health and Wealth on the Bosnian Market: Intimate Debt” (Indiana UP, 2017)

August 24th, 2018


In her new book, Health and Wealth on the Bosnian Market: Intimate Debt (Indiana University Press, 2017), Larisa Jašarević traces the odd entanglements between the body and the economy in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In the new …

Yves Citton, “The Ecology of Attention” (Polity Press, 2017)

August 13th, 2018


We are arguably living in the midst of a form of economy where attention has become a key resource and value, labor, class, and currency are being …

The Invisible Committee, “Now” (Semiotext(e), 2017)

August 13th, 2018


What could the communism of the future be? In Now  (Semiotext(e), 2017), The Invisible Committee explores our current crisis by thinking through key …

James M. Jasper, “The Emotions of Protests” (U Chicago Press, 2018)

June 28th, 2018


How do emotions affect participation in protests, and in politics more generally? In The Emotions of Protests (University of Chicago Press, 2018),

Hongwei Bao, “Queer Comrades: Gay Identity and Tongzhi Activism in Postsocialist China” (NIAS Press, 2018)

June 25th, 2018


Hongwei Bao’s book is a thoughtful exploration of gay identity and queer activism in China. This work stems from the term and identity tongzhi, which …

Kyla Schuller, “The Biopolitics of Feeling: Race, Sex, and Science in the Nineteenth Century” (Duke UP, 2017)

June 1st, 2018


Beginning with a discussion about Black Lives Matter may seem like an unlikely place to start a book about nineteenth century science and culture. …

Leah Bassel and Akwugo Emejulu, “Minority Women and Austerity: Survival and Resistance in France and Britain” (Policy Press, 2017)

April 27th, 2018


What is the impact of austerity on minority women? How has this impacted on already long standing forms of social inequality across England, France and Scotland? These questions are the subject of Minority Women and …

Aimi Hamraie, “Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability” (U Minnesota Press, 2017)

April 25th, 2018


The Americans with Disability Act passed in 1990, but it was just one moment in ongoing efforts to craft the meaning and practice of “good design” that put people with disabilities at the center. In their new book,

Sigrid Schmalzer, et. al., “Science for the People: Documents from America’s Movement of Radical Scientists (UMass Press, 2018)

April 23rd, 2018


“What is needed now is not liberal reform or withdrawal, but a radical attack, a strategy of opposition. Scientific workers must develop ways to put their skills at the service of the people and against the oppressors.” …

Anamik Saha, “Race and the Cultural Industries” (Polity, 2018)

April 9th, 2018


How do the media make race? This question is at the heart of Race and the Cultural Industries (Polity, 2018), the new book by Anamik Saha, Lecturer …

Stephen Monteiro, “The Fabric of Interface: Mobile Media, Design, and Gender” (MIT Press, 2017)

April 6th, 2018


Sewing, knitting, quilting, the crafts related to fabric making, are usually not what we think about when we consider our digital communications devices. Yet, many of the activities that we find ourselves doing with our …

Lana Lin, “Freud’s Jaw and Other Lost Objects: Fractured Subjectivity in the Face of Cancer” (Fordham UP, 2017)

April 3rd, 2018


In April 1923 Sigmund Freud detected a lesion in his mouth that turned out to be cancerous. From diagnosis to his death, he endured 33 surgeries and …

Martijn Konings, “Capital and Time: For a New Critique of Neoliberal Reason” (Stanford UP, 2018)

March 28th, 2018


Today I was joined by Martijn Konings from Australia where he is Associate Professor of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. We had a …

Stephen Cummings, et al., “A New History of Management” (Cambridge UP, 2017)

March 21st, 2018


Did Abraham Maslow actually ever draw a pyramid of hierarchy of needs? Did Kurt Lewin devote substantial work on the development of a change management theory? Why do we omit or misrepresent important features of the …

Claudio Sopranzetti, “Owners of the Map: Motorcycle Taxi Drivers, Mobility and Politics in Bangkok” (U California Press, 2017)

March 9th, 2018


When the army brutally dispersed Red Shirts protestors in Bangkok’s busy commercial district in May 2010, motorcycle taxi drivers emerged as a key force, capable of playing cat-and-mouse with security forces, evading …

Jon Kraszewski, “Reality TV” (Routledge, 2017)

March 1st, 2018


In his book Reality TV (Routledge, 2017), author Jon Kraszewski explores reality television’s relationship to the American cityscape. Starting with show such as Candid Camera and An American Family, Kraszewski positions …

Marshall Poe, “How to Read a History Book: The Hidden History of History” (Zero Books, 2018)

February 28th, 2018


What is the history of a “history book”? In How to Read a History Book: The Hidden History Of History (Zero Books, 2018), Marshall Poe, founder and Editor-In-Chief of the New Books Network, tells the story of why and …

Christopher J. Lee, “Jet Lag” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017)

February 27th, 2018


My father has this personality quirk that drives me crazy. Whenever and wherever he travels, no matter how far, he refuses to reset his watch to the local time. For him, it’s always whatever time it is in Cincinnati, …

Franklin Obeng-Odoom, “Reconstructing Urban Economics: Towards a Political Economy of the Built Environment” (Zed Books, 2016)

January 31st, 2018


In this interview, Carlo D’Ippoliti and Andrea Bernardi interview Franklin Obeng-Odoom who teaches urban economics and political economy in the …

Ella Shohat, “On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and Other Displacements” (Pluto Press, 2017)

January 16th, 2018


Spanning several decades, the work of Ella Shohat, a Professor of Cultural Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at New York University, has introduced …

Malcolm Harris, “Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials” (Little, Brown and Co, 2017)

January 11th, 2018


Every young generation inspires a host of comparisons—usually negative ones—with older generations. Whether preceding a criticism or punctuating one, …

Kinneret Lahad, “A Table for One: A Critical Reading of Singlehood, Gender and Time” (Manchester UP, 2017)

December 5th, 2017


Why are you still single?

This question is often asked of single women, especially those who are deemed by loved ones or friends to be too old to be …

Pasquale Tridico, “Inequality in Financial Capitalism” (Routledge, 2017)

November 29th, 2017


I was joined by Pasquale Tridico, Professor of Political Economy at Roma Tre University in Italy. His latest book, Inequality in Financial Capitalism

Jeremy Milloy, “Blood, Sweat, and Fear: Violence at Work in the North American Auto Industry, 1960-1980” (U. of Illinois Press, 2017)

November 20th, 2017


In the twenty first century, violence at work is often described in the context of a lone employee “snapping” and harming coworkers or management. In …

Daromir Rudnyckyj and Filippo Osella, eds., “Religion and the Morality of the Market: Anthropological Perspectives” (Cambridge UP, 2017)

October 24th, 2017


Since the collapse of the Berlin Wall, there has been a widespread affirmation of economic ideologies that conceive the market as an autonomous …

Sarah Haley, “No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity” (UNC Press, 2016)

September 15th, 2017


Recent popular and scholarly interest has highlighted the complex and brutal system of mass incarceration in the United States. Much of this interest …

Aled Davies, “The City of London and Social Democracy: The Political Economy of Finance in Post-war Britain” (Oxford UP, 2017)

September 12th, 2017


In the decades following the end of the Second World War, the British economy evolved from a manufacturing-based economy to one driven by service …

Ivan Ascher, “Portfolio Society: A Capitalist Mode of Prediction” (Zone Books, 2016)

August 12th, 2017


Is Marx still relevant? Any social scientist will answer with a resounding yes! In what he refers to as a thought experiment, Ivan Ascher uses Marx …

Michael J. Turner” Radicalism and Reputation: The Career of Bronterre O’Brien” (Michigan State UP, 2017)

May 31st, 2017


From humble beginnings James Bronterre O’Brien became one of the leading figures in British radical politics in the first half of the 19th century, …

Stanley Corkin, “Connecting the Wire: Race, Space, and Postindustrial Baltimore” (U. Texas Press, 2017)

May 16th, 2017


Critically acclaimed as one of the best television shows ever produced, the HBO series The Wire (2002-2008) is a landmark event in television history, offering a raw and dramatically compelling vision of the teeming …

Clea Bourne, “Trust, Power and Public Relations in Financial Markets” (Routledge, 2017)

May 2nd, 2017


Almost 10 years after the great financial crisis, how has the finance industry regained its preeminent social position? In Trust, Power and Public …

Benjamin Fondane, “Existential Monday” (NYRB Classics, 2016)

April 7th, 2017


Benjamin Fondane, a Franco-Romanian writer and contributor to the development of existential philosophy in the 1930s and 40s, is in the process of being rediscovered. His work has gained a new relevance in the …

Marie Hicks, “Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing” (MIT Press, 2017)

March 28th, 2017


How did gender relations change in the computing industry? And how did the UK go from leading the world to having an all but extinct computer industry by the 1970s? In Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women …

Nancy Wang Yuen, “Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism” (Rutgers UP, 2017)

March 14th, 2017


How can we challenge the way film and television represents the world around us? In Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism (Rutgers University …

Christopher Lowen Agee, “The Streets of San Francisco: Policing and the Creation of a Cosmopolitan Liberal Politics, 1950-1972” (U. Chicago Press, 2014)

March 9th, 2017


Policing tactics have recently been the subject of lively political debates and the target of protest groups like the Black Lives Matter movement. …

Andre Carrington, “Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction” (U. Minnesota Press, 2016)

March 3rd, 2017


Have you ever watched a futuristic movie and wondered if there will actually be any black people in the future? Have you ever been surprised, disappointed, or concerned with the lack of diversity demonstrated in many …

Leilah Danielson, “American Gandhi: A.J. Muste and the History of Radicalism in the 20th Century” (U. Penn Press, 2014)

February 28th, 2017


During a life that stretched from the Progressive era to the 1960s, A. J. Muste dedicated himself to fighting against war and the exploitation of working Americans. In American Gandhi: A. J. Muste and the History of …

Amy Brown, “A Good Investment? Philanthropy and the Marketing of Race in an Urban Public School (U. Minnesota Press, 2015)

February 23rd, 2017


There has been much talk in the news recently about funding for public education, the emergence of charter schools, and the potential of school …

David Rosen and Aaron Santesso, “The Watchman in Pieces: Surveillance, Literature, and Liberal Personhood” (Yale UP, 2013)

February 9th, 2017


“Surveillance and literature, as kindred practices, have light to shed on each other.”

When David Rosen and Aaron Santesso considered the discipline …

Manisha Sinha, “The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition” (Yale UP, 2016).

January 6th, 2017


Manisha Sinha is the Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut. She was born in India and received her Ph.D from Columbia …

Bill V. Mullen, “W.E.B. Du Bois: Revolutionary Across the Color Line,” (Pluto Press, 2016)

December 17th, 2016


Born just five years after the abolition of slavery, W. E. B. Du Bois died the night before Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his I Have a Dream …

Paul Benneworth et al., “The Impact and Future of Arts and Humanities Research” (Palgrave, 2016)

December 13th, 2016


What is the future for Arts and Humanities in Europe? The podcast discusses these questions with Paul Benneworth, one of the authors, along with …

Banu Bargu, “Starve and Immolate: The Politics of Human Weapons” (Columbia UP, 2016)

December 10th, 2016


What is the relationship between state power and self-destructive violence as a mode of political resistance? In her book Starve and Immolate: The …

Tom Mills, “The BBC: Myth of a Public Service” (Verso, 2016)

December 2nd, 2016


The BBC is often thought to be a great, impartial, defender of British values and society. In The BBC: Myth of a Public Service (Verso, 2016), Tom …

Paul C. Taylor, “Black is Beautiful: A Philosophy of Black Aesthetics” (Wiley Blackwell, 2016)

November 15th, 2016


Why is it controversial to cast light-skinned actress Zoe Saldana as the lead character in a film about the performer Nina Simone? How should we …

Patrick Wolfe, “Traces of History: Elementary Structures of Race” (Verso, 2016)

November 7th, 2016


Widely known for his pioneering work in the field of settler colonial studies, Patrick Wolfe advanced the theory that settler colonialism was, “a …

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, “Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment” (U. of Minnesota Press, 2016)

November 6th, 2016


How did the preeminent theorist and philosopher Michel Foucault experience and observe the Iranian revolution? How did he find the revolution …

Andrew Cole, “The Birth of Theory” (U. of Chicago Press, 2014)

October 27th, 2016


Was Hegel a medieval thinker?

In The Birth of Theory (University of Chicago Press, 2014), Andrew Cole puts forward a reexamination of Hegelian …

Matthew MacWilliams, “The Rise of Trump: America’s Authoritarian Spring” (Amherst College Press, 2016)

October 22nd, 2016


NB: Because Amherst College Press is open-access, this book is available free for download here.

Just when I thought I had a pretty good handle on …

McKenzie Wark, “Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropocene” (Verso, 2015)

October 10th, 2016


McKenzie Wark’s new book begins and ends with a playful call: “Workings of the world untie! You have a win to world!” Molecular Red: Theory for the …

Stevphen Shukaitis, “The Composition of Movements to Come: Aesthetics and Cultural Labor after the Avant-Garde” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016)

October 5th, 2016


How is the notion of the avant-garde in art relevant today? What can contemporary social movements learn from the Situationists? What is the meaning of artistic value to forms of resistance? These, and many other, …

Stuart Elden “Foucault’s Last Decade” (Polity Press, 2016)

September 21st, 2016


Why did Michel Foucault radically recast the project of The History of Sexuality? How did he work collaboratively? What was the influence of …

Mary Hawkesworth, “Embodied Power: Demystifying Disembodied Politics” (Routledge, 2016)

September 16th, 2016


How can we explain the “occlusion of embodied power” and “lack of attention to race, gender, and sexuality” in the discipline of political science, a …

Matt Dawson “Social Theory for Alternative Societies” (Palgrave, 2016)

September 9th, 2016


What can social theory offer to visions of an alternative society? In his new book, Social Theory for Alternative Societies (Palgrave, 2016), Dr Matt …

Peter Trawny, “Heidegger and the Myth of a Jewish World Conspiracy” (U. of Chicago Press, 2015)

August 15th, 2016


In Heidegger and the Myth of a Jewish World Conspiracy (University of Chicago Press, 2015), Peter Trawny, professor of philosophy and founder and director of the Martin Heidegger Institute at the University of …

Ayten Gundogdu, “Rightlessness in an Age of Rights: Hannah Arendt and the Contemporary Struggles of Migrants” (Oxford UP, 2015)

June 26th, 2016


How does one “rethink and revise the key concepts of Hannah Arendt’s political theory in light of the struggles of asylum seekers, refugees, and …

Geoffrey McCormack and Thom Workman, “The Servant State: Overseeing Capital Accumulation in Canada” (Fernwood, 2015)

June 15th, 2016


Two Canadian political science professors contend that the grotesque inequities of the capitalist system feed hatred, nourish misogyny, promote …

Katie Gentile, ed., “The Business of Being Made” (Routledge, 2015)

May 28th, 2016


In this interview, Dr. Katie Gentile discusses the research, writing and creative thinking about compulsory parenthood and Assisted Reproductive …

Bernard Harcourt, “Exposed: Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age” (Harvard UP, 2015)

May 17th, 2016


The landscape described in Bernard Harcourt‘s new book is a dystopia saturated by pleasure. We do not live in a drab Orwellian world, he writes. We …

Garrett M. Broad, “More Than Just Food: Food Justice and Community Change” (U of California Press, 2016)

May 13th, 2016


Resistance to the industrial food system has, over the past decades, led to the rise of alternative food movements. Debate about genetically modified food, sugar consumption, fast food and the obesity crisis (to name a …

Lynne Pettinger, “Work, Consumption and Capitalism” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

May 4th, 2016


What do jeans tell us about the contemporary world? They provide the starting point for Lynne Pettinger‘s Work, Consumption and Capitalism (Palgrave …

Mark Schuller, “Humanitarian Aftershocks in Haiti” (Rutgers UP, 2016)

April 28th, 2016


The earthquake that shook Haiti on January 12, 2010 killed and destroyed the homes of hundreds of thousands of people. Mark Schuller‘s book

Mark Carrigan, “Social Media for Academics” (Sage, 2016)

April 27th, 2016


How can academics respond to the rise of social media? Or should they respond at all? In Social Media for Academics (Sage, 2016), Mark Carrigan, from …

Eben Kirksey, “Emergent Ecologies” (Duke UP, 2015)

April 18th, 2016


Eben Kirksey new book asks and explores a series of timely, important, and fascinating questions: How do certain plants, animals, and fungi move among worlds, navigate shifting circumstances, and find emergent …

Alfie Bown, “Enjoying It: Candy Crush and Capitalism” (Zero Books, 2015)

April 18th, 2016


What is enjoyment and what can contemporary critical theory tell us about it? In Enjoying It: Candy Crush and Capitalism (Zero Books, 2015), Alfie …

Emma Jackson, “Young Homeless People and Urban Space: Fixed in Mobility” (Routledge, 2015)

April 8th, 2016


What is the experience of young homeless people? What does this experience tell us about space, place and society? In Young Homeless People and Urban Space: Fixed in Mobility (Routledge, 2015), Dr. Emma Jackson, a …

Roshanak Kheshti, “Modernity’s Ear: Listening to Race and Gender in World Music” (NYU Press, 2015)

April 1st, 2016


The origins of world music can be found in early ethnographic recordings as anthropologists and ethnomusicologists sought to record the songs of lost …

Colette Soler, “Lacanian Affects: The Function of Affect in Lacan’s Work”, trans. Bruce Fink (Routledge, 2016)

March 14th, 2016


Affect is a weighty and consequential problem in psychoanalysis. People enter treatment hoping for relief from symptoms and their attendant …

Amy Allen, “The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory” (Columbia UP, 2016)

March 7th, 2016


How can we de-colonize critical theory from within, and reimagine the way it grounds its normative claims as well as the way it relates to post- and …

David R. Brake, “Sharing our Lives Online: Risks and Exposure in Social Media” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)

February 29th, 2016


With the growth of social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, we are increasingly heading toward a radically open society. In Sharing our Lives Online: Risks and Exposure in Social Media (Palgrave …

Nicola Rollock et al. “The Colour of Class: The Educational Strategies of the Black Middle Classes” (Routledge, 2014)

February 22nd, 2016


The experience of the African American middle class has been an important area of research in the USA. However, the British experience has, by …

Leigh Claire La Berge, “Scandals and Abstraction: Financial Fiction of the Long 1980s” (Oxford UP, 2014)

January 27th, 2016


What stories do we tell about finance? How does financial print culture shape our lives? Our guest today explores the narratives we have been told, …

Oli Mould, “Urban Subversion and the Creative City” (Routledge, 2015)

January 21st, 2016


Every city seems to be ‘creative’, whether because it has a creative brand, a creative quarter or is home to creative industries. In his new book

Neil Roberts, “Freedom as Marronage” (U of Chicago Press, 2015)

December 18th, 2015


What does it mean to be free? How can paying attention to the relationship between freedom and slavery help construct a concept and practice of freedom that is “perpetual, unfinished, and rooted in acts of flight” …

Philip Roscoe, “A Richer Life: How Economics Can Change the Way We Think and Feel” (Penguin, 2015)

November 19th, 2015


So many of our social questions are now the subject of analysis from economics. In A Richer Life: How Economics can Change the Way We Think and Feel (Penguin, 2015), Phillip Roscoe, a reader at the University of St …