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51 minutes | Nov 29, 2022
In this episode, Daniel interviews Marielle Aithamon, a PhD student from Université de Montréal. They discuss what would it mean to queer anthropology, from creating research questions, to the field, and the classroom.You can read more of her exciting work by looking at her article: "Silence: A predicament for feminist anthropology and social innovation" (Feminist Anthropology, 3: 373-380. https://doi.org/10.1002/fea2.12096).
27 minutes | Sep 29, 2022
In the opening episode of season three, Alejandra introduces the season's theme "practice" with a refection on her own fieldwork experience, and the ways in which she saw her own practices mirrored in those of her participants. Works Cited:Asad, Talal, ed. 1973. Anthropology and the Colonial Encounter. Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press.Castaing-Taylor, Lucian and Ilisa Barbash, directors. 2009. Sweetgrass. Cinema Guild.Clifford, James, and George E. Marcus. 1986. Writing Culture: The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.Flaherty, Robert, director. 1922. Nanook of the North. Pathé Exchange.Haraway, Donna. 1984. “Teddy Bear Patriarchy: Taxidermy in the Garden of Eden.” Social Text 11: 20-64.Itano, Nicole, and Paul Harvey. 2020. “Our Planet: Our Impact.” WWF Report. https://www.wwf.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-09/wwfuk_our%20planet%20impact%20report_final.pdf.MacDougall, David, and Judith MacDougall, directors. 1982. A Wife Among Wives. Berkeley Media. https://video.alexanderstreet.com/watch/a-wife-among-wives.MacDougall, David. 2005. The Corporeal Image: Film, Ethnography, and the Senses. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.Mead, Margaret, and Gregory Bateson. 1951. “Trance and Dance in Bali.” Video. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Accessed October 18, 2021. https://www.loc.gov/item/mbrs02425201/.Mead, Margaret, and Gregory Bateson. 1977. “Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson the Use of the Camera in Anthropology” Studies on the Anthropology of Visual Communication 4(2): 78-80.
27 minutes | Sep 15, 2022
In the News: September 2022
In the first episode of this season, Alejandra and Daniel welcome a new producer Riley. We also take a look forward at what is coming and the new theme of the season.
22 minutes | Jun 9, 2022
Season Two Wrap Up
In this episode Alejandra, Daniel, and Meghan discuss our favourite episodes from the season and lessons learned. Plus we announce the our theme for season 3 which will be Practice.Keep an eye on our social media for an official season announcement and episode pitch callout this summer. We can't wait to work with you to bring your ideas to Talking Culture!
36 minutes | May 26, 2022
The Road More or Less Traveled
In this episode, Daniel interviews Julie Romagon about the ways in which her training in anthropology has had an effect on her career outside of the discipline.
26 minutes | May 12, 2022
In the News: May 2022
In this episode Daniel and Meghan discuss the leaked draft of the Supreme Court of the United States ruling regarding Roe v Wade.Episode sources: https://www.talkingculture.ca/sources
82 minutes | Apr 28, 2022
The Charon Job
In this episode Alejandra explores the possible in anthropology through an original piece of speculative fiction entitled The Charon Job. Lila is three years post-PhD and struggling to find her place in the academic job market when the opportunity of a lifetime presents itself. I mean, what university will turn down the anthropologist who went to space. Music and sounds in this episode are used courtesy of www.epidemicsound.com. Detailed music accreditation can be found at https://www.talkingculture.ca/sources.
24 minutes | Apr 7, 2022
In the News: April 2022
In this episode Alejandra and Meghan discuss the latest IPCC report on the global climate crisis as well as the recent meetings between Indigenous leaders from what is now called Canada and Pope Francis.Episode sources: https://www.talkingculture.ca/sources
27 minutes | Mar 24, 2022
Surfaces for the Possible
In this episode, Khando Langri discusses what she conceives of as "surfaces for the possible;" surfaces which help exiled Tibetans navigate what Edward Said describes as the pathos of exile. Focusing on the roads built by Tibetan refugees in the 1960s, she posits that in enacting everyday acts of beauty - planting flowers in repurposed oil cans, work songs sung against a backdrop of rock breaking - refugees recast foreign landscapes into collective spaces of survival and transformation.
20 minutes | Mar 10, 2022
In the News: March 2022
This week, it comes as no surprise that Alejandra and Daniel discuss Russia's invasion of Ukraine. They come at it from two different angles. While Daniel looks at the way Russian media is portraying the situation, Alejandra compares 'Western' responses to the invasion to responses to other invasions and occupations. Articles and sources cited in this episode:https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2022/3/6/what-the-war-in-ukraine-thought-us-palestinians https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yucxuoa3xm4 Russia: Putin cracks down on media over Ukraine war- Channel 4 News https://youtu.be/M6ZbeBTGaGM Two Days of Russian News Coverage: An Alternate Reality of War- New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/08/world/europe/russia-ukraine-media.html What Russian’s Think of Putin’s War- Today, Explained https://open.spotify.com/episode/35ZVgcIqx0N1Xhv0A4aYIs?si=22f26f13189641c0 Russia’s Media Crackdown: “The Future is Pretty Dark” -The Journal https://open.spotify.com/episode/4q24an2uRKLtwiA3O9nXQ7?si=aa80ae2860fb4d9a
61 minutes | Feb 24, 2022
A Heart-Centered Practice
This week Meghan talks to Dr. Kisha Supernant and Dr. Natasha Lyons about a heart-centered practice of archaeology and the book they co-edited Archaeologies of the Heart. They examine the ways in which we can make room for care, emotion, and relationality alongside rigour in our work and how the seemingly simple idea of beginning from the heart can radically change the way we practice archaeology. Dr. Kisha Supernant is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Institute of Prairie and Indigenous Archaeology at the University of Alberta. You can find Dr. Supernant on twitter @archaeomapper and if you’d like to learn more about the work of the Institute of Prairie and Indigenous Archaeology you can find them on social media @uofa_ipia as well as through their website: www.ualberta.ca/prairie-indigenous-archaeology Dr. Natasha Lyons is an archaeobotanist and co-owner of Ursus Heritage Consulting as well as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University. To learn more about Dr. Lyons’ work you can check out the Ursus Heritage website: www.ursus-heritage.ca
18 minutes | Feb 10, 2022
In the News: February 2022
In this episode Meghan and Daniel discuss the "Freedom Convoy," their use of media and the government's response to the protest in comparison to others.Episode sources: https://www.talkingculture.ca/sources
36 minutes | Jan 20, 2022
The Sapphic Date Generator
An episode filled with loads of play, laughs, and sapphic yearning, Alejandra and contributor Rhian Lewis discuss Rhian's creation "the Sapphic Date Generator" and how it explores the possibilities of lesbian love that moves beyond cisheteronormative scripts. Special thanks to Kit Mitchell, Diana Nguyen, Kate Bundy, Sarah Wishloff, Daisy Couture, and Angie Sassi for their participation in this episode. Check out the Sapphic Date Generator: https://www.galpals.xyz/ Works Cited: Luiselli, Valeria. Smashing Snow Globes: A Writer On Essays, Novels And Translation. https://www.npr.org/2014/12/21/371261474/smashing-snowglobes-a-writer-on-essays-novels-and-translationGainza, Carolina: Código, Lenguaje y Estéticas en la Literatura Digital Chilenahttps://revistas.uniandes.edu.co/doi/full/10.25025/perifrasis201910.20.06
17 minutes | Jan 6, 2022
In the News: January 2022
Alejandra, Daniel and Meghan discuss the legislation around the right to repair, celebrate the oldest person to graduate from a Masters program at York University, and the discovery of a 70 million year-old dinosaur embryo.Episode sources: https://www.talkingculture.ca/sources
1 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
Season 2 UPDATE
Talking Culture is taking a short break, but don't worry we'll be back soon!Look for a new In the News on Thursday, January 6th and a new full episode on Thursday January 20th. And in the meantime, come follow us on twitter @talkculturepod and instagram @talkculturepodcast. Theme music for Talking Culture is by Justin Cober, cover art by Sophia Melian. Additional sounds in this episode were used under a CC 0 1.0 license.
28 minutes | Dec 9, 2021
In the News: December 2021
In this episode, Meghan and Daniel discuss the recent floods in British Columbia and the vaccination policies of China. Episode sources: https://www.talkingculture.ca/sources
40 minutes | Nov 25, 2021
Ethnographic Film: A Historical Retrospective
In this essay-styled episode, we delve into the history of ethnographic film by looking closely at six iconic films, taking into account their theoretical and stylistic approaches.Written and produced by Daniel Chiu Castillo, special guest voice and editing by Marianne Lezeau.
25 minutes | Nov 11, 2021
In the News: November 2021
Alejandra and Meghan discuss the SB8 abortion ban in Texas and its implications for other legal rights in the United States as well as the COP26 climate action meetings taking place in Scotland.Episode sources: https://www.talkingculture.ca/sourcesShow your support for abortion access in Texas by donating to:The Lilith Fund https://www.lilithfund.org/donate or at www.payforabortions.com
45 minutes | Oct 28, 2021
Possibility and Climate Change
Alejandra, Daniel, and Meghan host their colleague and friend Adam Fleischmann, an anthropologist, writer, teacher, and currently a PhD candidate at McGill University. In this episode, Adam explores the idea of possibility by sharing anecdotes from his research and a thoughtful reflection on how we might consider what is possible in the face of a problem like the climate crisis that can often seem insurmountable. Episode sources: https://www.talkingculture.ca/sourcesMusic attribution:Lee Rosevere (CC BY 3.0), https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com/album/music-for-podcasts-the-complete-collection Making Connections The Past We Don't Know How it Ends What Happened in the Past Doesn't Stay There Angelo Guido (CC BY-NC 3.0), https://secretpress.bandcamp.com/album/heimat Conca
22 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
In the News: October 2021
Meghan and Daniel discuss Quebec's decision to make vaccines mandatory for all health-workers and the appalling statistics of disappearances in Mexico.Episode sources: https://www.talkingculture.ca/sources
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