13 episodes

St Anne's College MCR Podcast (STAMP) presents world-class research from graduate students at St Anne's College, Oxford, in an easy and non-technical way. STAMP covers a different topic each week, touching every sphere of knowledge – from the Humanities all the way to the Social Sciences and the Sciences. Follow @PodcastStamp on Twitter and @Stamppodcast on Instagram for the latest episodes and stories!

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St Anne's College MCR Podcast (STAMP) presents world-class research from graduate students at St Anne's College, Oxford, in an easy and non-technical way. STAMP covers a different topic each week, touching every sphere of knowledge – from the Humanities all the way to the Social Sciences and the Sciences. Follow @PodcastStamp on Twitter and @Stamppodcast on Instagram for the latest episodes and stories!

    Conrado Eiroa Solans: The nature of human emotions

    Conrado Eiroa Solans: The nature of human emotions

    What are emotions? Are they ingrained in the brain’s architecture, or are they socially constructed? We dive into the wonders of the human brain with Conrado Eiroa Solans, a Masters candidate in Psychological Research who studies the nature of human emotions. In his paper for St Anne's Academic Review, Conrado presents the two schools of thought – the classical biological perspective and the social-constructionist view – and he draws evidence from a lesion case study and brain scans to explain the nature of what human beings feel. 

    Born and raised in urban Madrid, Conrado has lived in rural Northern California and snowy suburban Minnesota. He has a BA in Psychology from The College of St Scholastica in Duluth, and he has worked as a Research Assistant at the universities of Yale, Stanford, and Michigan. Beyond academia, Conrado enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, trekking the backcountry and hidden lands.

    • 30 min
    Brittany Hause: Effects of language contact through 'Amor de un campestre'

    Brittany Hause: Effects of language contact through 'Amor de un campestre'

    What is language contact? How and why does it occur? Brittany Hause, a DPhil candidate in Linguistics will explain this phenomenon through a Spanish poem 'Amor de un campestre' – A Rustic's Love – by Bolivian writer Pedro Rivas. The use of regionally specific vocabulary that characterises the piece illustrates several of the effects of language contact, which continue to distinguish the variety of Spanish spoken in Santa Cruz from other varieties heard today in Bolivia and around the world.

    Brittany is preparing an article on language contact for Volume 11 of St Anne's Academic Review. Prior to Oxford, Brittany lived and worked in Bolivia, the USA, and South Korea. They hold an MPhil in Linguistics from Oxford, and a Bachelors degree in English, Italian and Spanish from Florida State University. Brittany is also an active member of the student community at St Anne’s, previously MCR Welfare Officer, and now Editor of Spark Reviews for STAAR. 

    Enjoy hearing Brittany in conversation with STAAR Humanities Editor, Erin Nickalls about her article and research on language contact. 

    • 22 min
    Naomi Hoodless: 'Won't somebody please think of the gays!' Experiences of LGBT students in British schools

    Naomi Hoodless: 'Won't somebody please think of the gays!' Experiences of LGBT students in British schools

    St Anne's Academic Review's Editor-in-Chief, Ye-Ye Xu, welcomes Naomi Hoodless, a teacher of languages from Cumbria, to talk about her research paper on LGBT students' experiences in British schools. Naomi carried out her investigation during her PGCE training year at Oxford while teaching German and French at her placement school. She argues that teachers should be trained to handle LGBT students' concerns, and that schools are uniquely placed to support these students as they come to terms with who they are.

    This is the first of five interviews in Fresh Academic Voices, an exclusive series produced by St Anne's Academic Review, the college's interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal edited by graduates. Guests on this series will talk about their academic papers to be published in Volume 11 of STAAR. Stay tuned for special insights on a range of topics – from human emotions and genetics, to Medieval French literature and the varieties of Spanish being spoken across the world. 

    • 21 min
    Fresh Academic Voices – a new series with St Anne's Academic Review

    Fresh Academic Voices – a new series with St Anne's Academic Review

    An exciting new series of conversations with five contributors to St Anne's Academic Review (STAAR) – the college's very own interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal edited and published by graduates.

    STAAR Editor-in-Chief, Ye-Ye Xu launches the series by introducing Naomi Hoodless, Brittany Hause, Ramani Chandramohan, Theodora Markati, and Conrado Eiroa Solans who'll be writing for the 11th Volume. Stay tuned for special insights on a range of topics – from human emotions and genetics, to Medieval French literature and the varieties of Spanish being spoken across the world. 

    • 4 min
    Do I have a culture? Metaphysics and Moral Philosophy (Part 2)

    Do I have a culture? Metaphysics and Moral Philosophy (Part 2)

    Guillaume Paugam welcomes Farbod Akhlaghi, for the second time, on this episode.  Farbod is a 4th year DPhil student. He specialises in moral philosophy, metaphysics and meta-metaphysics, which respectively ask questions such as: is it morally wrong to do a given action (like smoking, a specific focus of Farbod's)? Are there any moral facts? What is it to even ask the question "are there any moral facts" in the first place? 
    After having talked us through the core of his thesis work last week, Farbod takes us on a discussion of other key philosophical questions. This episode tackles, always very accessibly; issues like "do we have a duty to seek transformative experiences?" or "do third culture kids have a culture?", this last question resonating strongly with Farbod's own experience. We also discuss his interest for medieval Islamic philosophy, the need for UK philosophy curricula to include more philosophers from outside Western Europe, and how we can all, as engaged citizens, do philosophy. 

    • 25 min
    Is It Morally Wrong To Smoke? Metaphysics and Moral Philosophy (Part 1)

    Is It Morally Wrong To Smoke? Metaphysics and Moral Philosophy (Part 1)

    In this episode, Guillaume Paugam welcomes Farbod Akhlaghi for the first of two episodes with him. Farbod is a 4th year DPhil student. He specialises in moral philosophy, metaphysics and meta-metaphysics, which respectively ask questions such as: is it morally wrong to do a given action (like smoking, a specific focus of Farbod's)? Are there any moral facts? What is it to even ask the question "are there any moral facts" in the first place? 
    Farbod takes the time to explain clearly and in detail the philosophical concepts underpinning his work. He eloquently shows that the questions he tackles, far from being only relevant for hyper-specialised academics as it is sometimes thought, are extremely pertinent to our daily lives. This first episode centres around the core of his thesis work. Next week we discuss other crucial questions he reflects on, around culture, identity and transformative experiences, as well as the influence of Islamic Medieval Philosophy on his work, and the need to diversify philosophy curricula in the UK to include more thinkers from outside Western Europe. 

    • 26 min

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Incredible variety of experiences and both human and intelectual depth. Such high caliber guests! I want more! Bravo Guillaume.

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