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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.

    S04E03 Childhood in Ancient Rome with Dr. Fanny Dolansky

    S04E03 Childhood in Ancient Rome with Dr. Fanny Dolansky

    What was life like for children in ancient Rome? How did Romans think about the idea of family? And why should we bother studying Latin in the 21st century? Our guest this episode is Dr. Fanny Dolansky, Associate Professor with the Department of Classics and Archaeology. She shares how she became interested in Roman history, her work on childhood and Roman religion, and how the pandemic has presented her with new avenues of research. 
    Links
    Dr. Fanny Dolansky (faculty bio)
    Department of Classics and Archaeology
     
    "Brock University professor explores gender identity in award-winning paper" (Brock News, 4 February 2014)
     
    “Religion and Divination at Court,” “Household religion and the court,” and “Public cult and the court” in The Roman Emperor and his Court c. 30 BC- c. AD 300 (B. Kelly and A. Hug eds., Cambridge, 2022)
    “Different Lives: Children’s Daily Experiences in the Roman World” in Childhood in Antiquity: Perspectives and Experiences of Childhood in the Ancient Mediterranean (Routledge, 2021)
    Rome: A Sourcebook on the Ancient City. Co-edited with Stacie Raucci (Bloomsbury, 2018) 
     
    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 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 four sound editing is by Serena Atallah. Theme music is by Khalid Imam. 
    This podcast is financially supported by the Faculty of Humanities at Brock University.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    S4E02 War Crimes, Genocides, and Conspiracies with Dr. Gregor Kranjc

    S4E02 War Crimes, Genocides, and Conspiracies with Dr. Gregor Kranjc

    Today's episode deals with some of the heavier topics in the news cycle-- war, war crimes, terrorism, genocide, and the war in Ukraine. We speak with Dr. Gregor Kranjc, Associate Professor with the Department of History on his research into war and society and his courses on genocide, terrorism, and the Holocaust, as well as how to teach heavy topics and why studying history is important to countering conspiracy theories. We talk about the challenges of having family connections to your research topic, the importance of memorialization, and connections between landscape and identity.
    Given these topics, today's episode may be upsetting to some listeners. We'll be back next episode with something a little lighter.
     
    Links
    Dr. Gregor Kranjc faculty bio
    Department of History, Brock University 
    Government of Canada War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity 
    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine occurring within a complex historical framework: Brock expert (Brock News, 24 Feb. 2022) 
    Historical Dictionary of Slovenia  (Rowman and Littleton) 
    To Walk with the Devil: Slovene Collaboration and Axis Occupation, 1941-1945 (University of Toronto Press)  
    In the Land of Ghosts: War, Memory and Reconciliation in Kocevje, Slovenia (1941-present) (in progress)
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    S2E09 on Identity and Trauma with Dr. Cristina Santos
     
    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 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 four sound editing is by Serena Atallah. Theme music is by Khalid Imam. 
    This podcast is financially supported by the Faculty of Humanities at Brock University.
     
     

    • 1 hr 8 min
    S4E01 Monsters are People, Too with Dr. Sarah Stang

    S4E01 Monsters are People, Too with Dr. Sarah Stang

    Witches, harpies, succubi, brood mothers--video games are known for some pretty grotesque female monsters. What do these depictions of monsters in games say about how we view and treat people with bodies that society considers "non standard"? Why do these depictions of monstrous women matter?
    Assistant Professor with the Centre for Digital Humanities Sarah Stang, spoke with us earlier this fall about the state of feminist scholarship in video game studies and the importance of thinking critically about the monsters on our screen. We talk about fan communities, the need for more diverse games telling different types of stories, and the responsibilities of fans and developers in creating a safe and welcoming gaming culture. Sarah also gives us a sneak peek into the new Game Studies MA program which has just started with its first student cohort this fall.
     
    Links
    Dr. Sarah Stang faculty profile
    Centre for Digital Humanities
    Game Studies MA
    New prof's research takes on video game monsters (Brock News, July 22, 2022)
    Game students hit play on MA studies (Brock News, Nov. 2, 2022)
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    S1E05 Games
    S2E09 Identity and Trauma
    S3E05 Breaking Into the Game Industry
     
    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 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 four sound editing is by Serena Atallah. Theme music is by Khalid Imam. 
    This podcast is financially supported by the Faculty of Humanities at Brock University.

    • 54 min
    Series 4 Trailer

    Series 4 Trailer

    We're back! Series 4 will launch Monday, Nov. 7 with a full line up of fascinating conversations with humanities researchers. We take on timely and challenging ideas in thought-provoking interviews that you don't need a humanities background to understand. Look for us in your feed every other Monday starting November 7. Subscribe in your favourite podcast app so you don't miss an episode!
     
    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 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 four sound editing is by Serena Atallah. Theme music is by Khalid Imam. 
    This podcast is financially supported by the Faculty of Humanities at Brock University.

    • 1 min
    S3E05 Breaking Into the Game Industry

    S3E05 Breaking Into the Game Industry

    In this episode, we pass the mic to third year Interactive Arts and Science student Mitch Kogan. Mitch interviews Game Design graduate Adam Henderson (BA '20) who, along with Agusia Krzywinska (BSc '20 in Game Programming) has launched the game studio Adjective Noun. 
    Links
    Adjective Noun Studios
    First cohort graduates from Brock-Niagara College GAME program (Brock News, June 26, 2020)
    BA GAME Design program
    BSc GAME Programming program
    Interactive Arts and Science program 
    Centre for Digital Humanities
     
    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 three sound assistance is by Mitch Kogan. Theme music is by Khalid Imam. 
    This podcast is financially supported by the Faculty of Humanities at Brock University.

    • 24 min
    S3E04 Talking About Food

    S3E04 Talking About Food

    Let's talk about food! English MA student Genevieve Wilson talks about food delivery services, keto diet culture, Instagram, and economics with us in this episode . Genevieve shares her ongoing research into the rhetoric and discourse around meal prep services and explores links between keto diet discourse and the far right movement.
    Links
    Master of Arts in English
    Department of English Language and Literature
     
    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 three sound assistance is by Mitch Kogan. Theme music is by Khalid Imam. 
    This podcast is financially supported by the Faculty of Humanities at Brock University.

    • 40 min

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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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