19 episodes

We feature early-career researchers, scholars, cultural practitioners, activists and more – people whose work touches on the zeitgeist and politics of our day-to-day lives and who are interested in the ways in which our theories and practices can be employed in thinking about our political presents.

A podcast hosted by the Research Training Group minor cosmopolitanisms

For more, visit our website: https://minor.hypotheses.org/podcast

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We feature early-career researchers, scholars, cultural practitioners, activists and more – people whose work touches on the zeitgeist and politics of our day-to-day lives and who are interested in the ways in which our theories and practices can be employed in thinking about our political presents.

A podcast hosted by the Research Training Group minor cosmopolitanisms

For more, visit our website: https://minor.hypotheses.org/podcast

    Abolitionismus Part II | Justice Collective: in conversation with Mitali Nagrecha and Anthony Obst

    Abolitionismus Part II | Justice Collective: in conversation with Mitali Nagrecha and Anthony Obst

    This episode is the second of a two-part focus on the subject of abolition: which denotes both a theoretical approach and a series of political and social movements that advocate for the overcoming of violent state institutions such as prisons and the police.

    In this episode, we talk to Mitali Nagrecha and Anthony Obst of the project Justice Collective, a Berlin-based European project that aims to end society’s reliance on policing and punishment by engaging in advocacy, research, public education, and organizing to reveal and resist punishment as a tool of racism and economic injustice. Our conversation centers on how abolition can look in practice and explores the questions that Justice Collective deals with, particularly in relation to their current focus on Ersatzfreiheitsstrafe (substitute imprisonment) in Germany.

    We recorded the conversation in mid-December, and just a week later, the German government agreed to pass the draft bill that Mitali and Anthony criticize into legislation. Although this news is a disappointment to Justice Collective, they are nevertheless continuing their work and building new strategies to respond to this development.

    For links, a list of references, and more information about our guest please visit https://minor.hypotheses.org/podcast

    Our amazing intro track is by Shane Cooper, called "Bass in the Bathroom", from the album "Small Songs for Big Times", March 2020. For more, please visit https://shanecooper.bandcamp.com/releases

    • 43 min
    Abolitionismus Special Part I | Abolitionist Futures: in conversation with Vanessa Thompson and Daniel Loick

    Abolitionismus Special Part I | Abolitionist Futures: in conversation with Vanessa Thompson and Daniel Loick

    This episode is the first of a two-part focus on the subject of abolition: which denotes both a theoretical approach and a series of political and social movements that advocate the overcoming of violent state institutions such as prisons and the police.

    In this episode talk to Vanessa Thompson and Daniel Loick in light of the publication of their German-language reader Abolitionismus, which was published by Suhrkamp in July 2022, and which makes some of the most important voices of the international discussions around Abolition accessible in German for the first time.

    We talk about theoretical approaches to abolition, and the question of how these might be translated (both in the literal and wider senses of the word) across different geographic and political contexts, and the kinds of futures that abolition anticipates.

    For links, a list of references, and more information about our guest please visit https://minor.hypotheses.org/podcast

    Our amazing intro track is by Shane Cooper, called "Bass in the Bathroom", from the album "Small Songs for Big Times", March 2020. For more, please visit https://shanecooper.bandcamp.com/releases

    • 46 min
    Episode 12 | Rethinking Jewish Diaspora: in conversation with Ben Ratskoff

    Episode 12 | Rethinking Jewish Diaspora: in conversation with Ben Ratskoff

    In this episode, we talk to Ben Ratskoff, who is visiting assistant professor in the Louchheim School of Judaic Studies at Hebrew Union College and the University of Southern California. Our conversation departs from two articles he wrote. One was published in Funambulist, titled “Rethinking Jewish Diaspora”,  in which he wants to nuance the concept of Jewish radical diasporism beyond Jewish opposition to Zionism. The other,  titled "Against Analogy" appeared in Jewish Currents, titled "Against Analogy". It was written just weeks after the murder of George Floyd and suggests that progressive Jews need to go beyond invoking Jewish suffering as a means to enable Jewish solidarity with other minorities. The conversation addresses questions of Jewish identity, diaspora politics and analogy.

    This time, we recorded our conversation with a live audience, as part of the Minor Cosmopolitan Assembly event, at Silent Green Kulturquartier in Berlin Wedding.

    For links, a list of references, and more information about our guest please visit https://minor.hypotheses.org/podcast 

    Our amazing intro track is by Shane Cooper, called "Bass in the Bathroom", from the album "Small Songs for Big Times", March 2020. For more, please visit https://shanecooper.bandcamp.com/releases 

    • 49 min
    Episode 11 | Nation and Ageing: in Conversation with Ira Raja

    Episode 11 | Nation and Ageing: in Conversation with Ira Raja

    In this Episode we talk to Ira Raja, Professor of English at the University of Delhi and she held the Potsdam Postcolonial Chair for Global Modernities in the 2022 Summer Semester. The conversation centres on her article titled, “Nation and Ageing: Mother India’s Mutable Body”, from The Handbook to Ageing, forthcoming from Bloomsbury. We start from the ways in which imaginaries of the nation are often constructed through motherly figures, and how in India, certain mothers, such as Dalit and Muslim mothers, cannot be abstracted to stand in for the nation. Ira then talks about the ambivalence inherent in the figure of the ageing mother as either a token of postcolonial decline, or in the reading she offers, as having great potential in signalling a nation more porous and open to change, crucial in a time of rampant Hindutva.

    For links, a list of references, and more information about our guest please visit https://minor.hypotheses.org/podcast

    Our amazing intro track is by Shane Cooper, called "Bass in the Bathroom", from the album "Small Songs for Big Times", March 2020. For more, please visit shanecopper.bandcamp.com/

    • 27 min
    Episode 10 | New Growth: in conversation with Jasmine Nichole Cobb

    Episode 10 | New Growth: in conversation with Jasmine Nichole Cobb

    In this episode we talk to Jasmine Nichole Cobb, who is Professor of African & African American Studies as well as of Art, Art History and Visual Studies at Duke University, and who has also recently joined the RTG Minor Cosmopolitanism's network of international partners. Our conversation focuses on her latest book, titled New Growth: The Art and Texture of Black Hair forthcoming in December from Duke University Press. The book explores Afro-textured hair as a surface upon which black liberation is represented from slavery to the present day. We talk to Jasmine about how hair functions as a form of representation within black visual culture, before moving to hear her explain how she thinks about hair in relation to scholarly work on the notion of the flesh. Finally, we about how hair is connected to feeling both in the tactile and affective sense.

    For links, a list of references, and more information about our guest please visit https://minor.hypotheses.org/podcast

    Our amazing intro track is by Shane Cooper, called "Bass in the Bathroom", from the album "Small Songs for Big Times", March 2020. For more, please visit shanecopper.bandcamp.com/

    • 19 min
    Episode 9 | Receptive Generosity: in conversation with David Scott

    Episode 9 | Receptive Generosity: in conversation with David Scott

    In this episode we talk to David Scott. David Scott is Ruth and William Lubic Professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University. He has published numerous works - among them Refashioning Futures: Criticism after Postcoloniality, published 1999, Conscripts of Modernity: The Tragedy of Colonial Enlightenment, published 2004, and Omens of Adversity: Tragedy, Time, Memory, Justice, in 2014. He also has two forthcoming books: “Irreparable Evil: An Essay in Moral and Reparatory History,” and, with Orlando Patterson The Paradox of Freedom: A Biographical Dialogue.

    He visited the University of Potsdam in July and August as the RTG’s Mercator Fellow, where he gave public talks and master classes, which enabled us to develop an ongoing conversation with him and to have the pleasure of hosting him on this podcast. Our discussions focussed on his preoccupation in the last years with the life and thought of his friend Stuart Hall, specifically on his 2017 book Stuart Hall’s Voice: Intimations of an Ethics of Receptive Generosity, which is also the center of this episode.

    For links, a list of references, and more information about our guest please visit https://minor.hypotheses.org/podcast

    Our amazing intro track is by Shane Cooper, called "Bass in the Bathroom", from the album "Small Songs for Big Times", March 2020. For more, please visit shanecopper.bandcamp.com/

    • 52 min

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