20 episodes

Foreword will introduce you to Humanities researchers at Brock University and explore how the Humanities can help us make sense of the rapidly changing world around us. Produced by the Faculty of Humanities at Brock University, Canada.

Foreword Faculty of Humanities, Brock University

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

Foreword will introduce you to Humanities researchers at Brock University and explore how the Humanities can help us make sense of the rapidly changing world around us. Produced by the Faculty of Humanities at Brock University, Canada.

    Identity and trauma

    Identity and trauma

    How are our personal and communal identities shaped by the stories we tell ourselves and the traumas we experience? Today's guest, Dr. Cristina Santos, shares how stories like Twilight, the Hunger Games, and Divergent, repackage old ideas of what it means to be a woman and how these fairytale archetypes translate into our social psyche. She will also share her latest project, which investigates the lived experiences of children of survivors of the forced disappearances in Argentina between 1976-1983 and the psychological impact trauma has on both individuals and society as a whole.


    Dr. Santos’ research investigates monstrous depictions of women as aberrations of feminine nature in literature, art, and film. She has written about the folklore surrounding the notorious Bloody Countess Elizabeth Bathory, who reputedly murdered hundreds of young girls in late 16th and early 17th century Hungary, and the Latin American legend of La Llorona, a woman who drowns her children.  


    Her 2016 book Unbecoming Female Monsters: Witches, Vampires and Virgins explores how female monsters from literature, art, film, television, and popular culture embody social and cultural fears of female sexuality and reproductive powers. She has also co-edited volumes on cultural ideas of virginity, monsters and monstrosity in literature, and the Twilight saga.  


    Dr. Santos teaches in the Hispanic and Latin American Studies program in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures. She is also a faculty member with the Interdisciplinary Humanities PhD program, where she teaches and supervises PhD students. She also teaches courses in the Faculty of Social Science.


    Links
    Dr. Cristina Santos faculty bio


    Unbecoming Female Monsters: Witches, Vampires and Virgins (Lexington Books, 2016)


    Virgin Envy: The Cultural (In)significance of the Hymen (co-edited with Jonathan A. Allan and Adriana Spahr; University of Regina Press, 2016)


    Progressive Connexions


    Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures


    Hispanic and Latin America Studies


    Interdisciplinary Humanities PhD program


    Credits
    Thank you for listening to Foreword. 


    Find our footnotes, links to more information, transcripts, and past episodes on our website brocku.ca/humanities. 


    We love to hear from our listeners! Join us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @brockhumanities. 


    Please subscribe and rate us on your favourite podcasting app so you don’t miss an episode. 


    Foreword is hosted and produced by Alison Innes for the Faculty of Humanities at Brock University. 


    Series two sound design and editing is by Nicole Arnt. Theme music is by Khalid Imam. 


    Special thanks to Brock University’s MakerSpace and Brock University Marketing and Communications for studio and web support. 


    This podcast is financially supported by the Faculty of Humanities at Brock University.

    • 58 min
    Populism and (Mis)information

    Populism and (Mis)information

    Populism: What is it, where do we see it, and why does it work? Today's episode explores some of the nuances of this political approach and how the American shift to Trumpism impacts Canada and other countries. Guest Ibrahim Berrada also shares how misinformation arises, the risks it poses, and the need for people to work together to overcome COVID.


    Ibrahim Berrada is a lecturer in Canadian Studies at Brock University and a PhD candidate at Laurentian University, where his research explores populist influence in a Canadian-American cross-border context. He is also an adjunct professor in Sociology at Niagara University in Niagara Falls, NY. In the past year Ibrahim has appeared in local and national media, including the CBC and St. Catharines Standard, many times to share his expertise and analysis of current events.


    Links
    Ibrahim Berrada, instructor profile


    Centre for Canadian Studies, Brock University


    Misinformation, prolonged pandemic pose security threat in Canada: Brock experts (Brock News, Jan. 11, 2021)


    Removal of Trump may be best option forward: Brock experts (Brock News, Jan. 7, 2021)


    Credits
    Thank you for listening to Foreword. 


    Find our footnotes, links to more information, transcripts, and past episodes on our website brocku.ca/humanities. 


    We love to hear from our listeners! Join us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @brockhumanities. 


    Please subscribe and rate us on your favourite podcasting app so you don’t miss an episode. 


    Foreword is hosted and produced by Alison Innes for the Faculty of Humanities at Brock University. 


    Series two sound design and editing is by Nicole Arnt. Theme music is by Khalid Imam. 


    Special thanks to Brock University’s MakerSpace and Brock University Marketing and Communications for studio and web support. 


    This podcast is financially supported by the Faculty of Humanities at Brock University.

    • 48 min
    Societies in Hard Times

    Societies in Hard Times

    It’s pretty fair to say that the last year has been a tumultuous one. We are still living through the pandemic, and we lived through the endless news cycles and uncertainties of the American election in 2020. Climate change is still threatening, with dramatic weather happening around the globe. But this certainly isn’t the first time that a society has lived through disruption and this episode takes a look back at history to help us understand today.


    Our featured guest is Dr. Colin Rose, a professor with the Department of History and a social historian examining conflict in 16th and 17th century Italy. His 2019 book A Renaissance of Violence: Homicide in Early Modern Italy (Cambridge University Press), examines how economic decline, climate-induced drought and plague lead to the decline of social institutions and rise of interpersonal violence in 1660s Bologna.   


    Links
    Colin Rose faculty bio


    Misinformation, prolonged pandemic pose security threat in Canada: Brock experts (Brock News, Jan. 11, 2021)


    A Renaissance of Violence: Homicide in Early Modern Italy (Cambridge University Press, 2019)


    History course provides context for current pandemic (Brock News, Sept. 17, 2020)


    Violence in 17th century Italy has modern policy lessons (Brock News, Dec. 19, 2019)


    Department of History


     


    Credits
    Thank you for listening to Foreword. 


    Find our footnotes, links to more information, transcripts, and past episodes on our website brocku.ca/humanities. 


    We love to hear from our listeners! Join us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @brockhumanities. 


    Please subscribe and rate us on your favourite podcasting app so you don’t miss an episode. 


    Foreword is hosted and produced by Alison Innes for the Faculty of Humanities at Brock University. 


    Series two sound design and editing is by Nicole Arnt. Theme music is by Khalid Imam. 


    Special thanks to Brock University’s MakerSpace and Brock University Marketing and Communications for studio and web support. 


    This podcast is financially supported by the Faculty of Humanities at Brock University.

    • 54 min
    Entangled Humans

    Entangled Humans

    What does it mean to be human in a post-COVID world? How are we connected to other humans? What is the role of privacy and social justice when responding to a global pandemic? What is our place in the natural world and our connection with non-human animals? What does it mean for us as humans when we see viruses jumping from the animal world to the human? These are some of the big questions philosophy researchers are asking and that we explore in today’s episode of Foreword. 


    Dr. Christine Daigle is a philosophy professor with Brock’s Interdisciplinary Humanities PhD program and Director of the Posthumanism Research Institute. She is currently a Research Director (Core Fellow) at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies in Finland. She is also a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chair on Community Sustainability research team at Brock, where she investigates the ways humans are entangled with the environment and how to frame notions of sustainability. Her research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).


    This conversation was originally recorded in March 2021. Some details about the pandemic may have changed. Consult your local health authority for the latest information for your area.


     


    Links
    Christine Daigle faculty bio


    Interdisciplinary Humanities PhD


    Posthumanism Research Institute at Brock


    UNESCO Chair on Sustainability at Brock


    "COVID-19 vaccination requires global thinking: Brock expert" (Brock News, March 15, 2021)


    "Re-opening requires us to reconsider our vulnerability, says Brock prof" (Brock News, July 15, 2020)


    "Humanities prof receives prestigious fellowship in Finland" (Brock News, July 14, 2020)


    Credits
    Thank you for listening to Foreword. 


    Find our footnotes, links to more information, transcripts, and past episodes on our website brocku.ca/humanities. 


    We love to hear from our listeners! Join us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @brockhumanities. 


    Please subscribe and rate us on your favourite podcasting app so you don’t miss an episode. 


    Foreword is hosted and produced by Alison Innes for the Faculty of Humanities at Brock University. 


    Series two sound design and editing is by Nicole Arnt. Theme music is by Khalid Imam. 


    Special thanks to Brock University’s MakerSpace and Brock University Marketing and Communications for studio and web support. 


    This podcast is financially supported by the Faculty of Humanities at Brock University.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    April in Paris

    April in Paris

    This episode is a little bit different from our usual. Instead of interviewing a researcher, we're talking with one of our graduates. April Pett graduated from our French program in 2007 and has gone on to build up a successful tour company in Paris, France. Her company, April in Paris Tours, offers private walking and chauffeured tours of the city of lights. Listen in to learn more about April’s story as she shares her journey from studying French at Brock to running her own company in France.


     


    Links
    April in Paris Tours


    Stepping Up Surgite (Spring 2020) page 22


    Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Brock University


    French Studies, Brock University


    Italian Studies, Brock University


     


    Credits
    Thank you for listening to Foreword. 


    Find our footnotes, links to more information, transcripts, and past episodes on our website brocku.ca/humanities. 


    We love to hear from our listeners! Join us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @brockhumanities. 


    Please subscribe and rate us on your favourite podcasting app so you don’t miss an episode. 


    Foreword is hosted and produced by Alison Innes for the Faculty of Humanities at Brock University. 


    Series two sound design and editing is by Nicole Arnt. Theme music is by Khalid Imam. 


    Special thanks to Brock University’s MakerSpace and Brock University Marketing and Communications for studio and web support. 


    This podcast is financially supported by the Faculty of Humanities at Brock University.


     

    • 27 min
    History Beyond the Classroom

    History Beyond the Classroom

    Today’s guest is the recipient of this year’s Faculty of Humanities Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Elizabeth Vlossak is an Associate Professor with the Department of History where her courses include 20th-century European and World History, Weimar and Nazi Germany, comparative urban history, and women’s and gender history. She has also taught a directed-reading course in historic gardening using Brock University’s community garden and directed students in research projects involving oral history. 


    Dr. Vlossak has been bringing her students together with members of the local community to work on Niagara history projects. This includes work with the Niagara-on-the-Lake Tennis Club and the Canada Games, which will be held in Niagara in the summer of 2022. She is the co-director with Dr. Julie Stevens (Sport Management) of the Sport Oral History Archive (SOHA), a digital, interactive archive preserving local and national sporting legacies through the collection of oral history interviews and photographs. 


    Links
    Students grow history in campus garden (Brock News, Aug. 8, 2019)


    Brock History student helps save community sport memories (Brock News, Jan. 14, 2021)


    Canada Games Teaching Spotlight: How Elizabeth Vlossak’s students will capture history in Niagara (Brock News, May 7, 2020)


    Brock researchers looking for Canada Games stories (Brock News, July 30, 2020)


    Elizabeth Vlossak faculty bio


    Department of History


     


    Courses & Projects Mentioned
    HIST 3F02 ‘Making History in Niagara’


    HIST 4F00 'Voices from the Past: Oral History'


    "Threads through Time" digital exhibit will launch spring 2022.


    "Sport Oral History Archive" (SOHA) is scheduled to launch fall 2021.


     


    Credits
    Thank you for listening to Foreword. 


    Find our footnotes, links to more information, transcripts, and past episodes on our website brocku.ca/humanities. 


    We love to hear from our listeners! Join us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @brockhumanities. 


    Please subscribe and rate us on your favourite podcasting app so you don’t miss an episode. 


    Foreword is hosted and produced by Alison Innes for the Faculty of Humanities at Brock University. 


    Series two sound design and editing is by Nicole Arnt. Theme music is by Khalid Imam. 


    Special thanks to Brock University’s MakerSpace and Brock University Marketing and Communications for studio and web support. 


    This podcast is financially supported by the Faculty of Humanities at Brock University. 

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

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9 Ratings

mclp1993 ,

My new fave podcast

Equally as entertaining as it is educational, Foreword truly does feel like you’re eavesdropping on a great conversation in a café. The host, Alison, does an exceptional job asking compelling questions and louring details from experts in the field of humanities. The topics are timely, relevant and interesting and I’m so excited to see what’s in store each week.

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