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Podcast about academia, culture, and social justice across the STEM/humanities divide. Dr. Liz Wayne and Dr. Christine "Xine" Yao are two women of color Ivy League PhDs navigating higher education. Biomedical engineer meets literary critic. Both fans of lipstick.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

Podcast about academia, culture, and social justice across the STEM/humanities divide. Dr. Liz Wayne and Dr. Christine "Xine" Yao are two women of color Ivy League PhDs navigating higher education. Biomedical engineer meets literary critic. Both fans of lipstick.

    S6E9 | Pandemic Pedagogy & Sailor Moon Solidarity w Dr. Cassie Osei

    S6E9 | Pandemic Pedagogy & Sailor Moon Solidarity w Dr. Cassie Osei

    Adversity and the power of friendship! In the second half of the interview, PhDiva Xine talks with historian Cassie Osei about pedagogy during the pandemic and life lessons from Sailor Moon. Do you watch anime? How does it affect how you engage in the world?

    For show notes see our blogpost: https://phdivaspodcast.wordpress.com/2022/07/11/s6e9-pandemic-pedagogy-sailor-moon-solidarity-w-dr-cassie-osei/

    Support PhDivas on Patreon: www.patreon.com/phdivaspodcast

    Dr. Cassie Osei (she/hers) is a historian of Latin America and African diaspora. She earned her PhD in History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2022. She specializes in modern Brazilian history through the lens of race, class, and gender. Dr. Osei was a 2019 – 2020 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellow in São Paulo, Brazil. Beginning August 2022, she will be an Assistant Professor of History at Bucknell University.

    Where to find Cassie:
    Grad profile: history.illinois.edu/directory/profile/cosei2
    Twitter: @tropigalia
    IG: @brasilianista
    Blog: tropigalia.net

    • 31 min
    S6E8 | Afro-Brazilian Women's History & Low Femme Theory with Dr. Cassie Osei

    S6E8 | Afro-Brazilian Women's History & Low Femme Theory with Dr. Cassie Osei

    Wherever they are, Black women have always theorized about race and gender, says Dr. Cassie Osei. In the first of two eps, PhDiva Xine interviews Cassie Osei, historian of Afro-Brazilian women's history, longtime PhDivas Podcast listener, and newly minted PhDiva (!). Cassie talks about archival methodologies, Black feminist theorizing beyond the US, and about the personal importance of what she playfully refers to as 'low femme theory.'

    For show notes see our blog post: https://phdivaspodcast.wordpress.com/2022/05/27/s6e8-afro-brazilian-womens-history-low-femme-theory-with-dr-cassie-osei/

    Support PhDivas on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/phdivaspodcast

    Dr. Cassie Osei (she/hers) is a historian of Latin America and African diaspora. She earned her PhD in History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2022. She specializes in modern Brazilian history through the lens of race, class, and gender. Dr. Osei was a 2019 – 2020 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellow in São Paulo, Brazil. Beginning August 2022, she will be an Assistant Professor of History at Bucknell University.

    Where to find Cassie:
    Grad profile: https://history.illinois.edu/directory/profile/cosei2
    Twitter: @tropigalia
    IG: @brasilianista
    Blog: https://tropigalia.net

    • 1 hr
    S6E7 | PhDivas Discuss DISAFFECTED: Solidarities Outside the Master's House

    S6E7 | PhDivas Discuss DISAFFECTED: Solidarities Outside the Master's House

    Let's talk about feelings, unfeelings, boundaries, and emotional labour! How do we build solidarities beyond what Black feminist Audre Lorde calls 'the master's house'? In part 2, PhDiva Liz chats to Xine about her book Disaffected and how her own positionality as a Chinese diasporic queer person led to how she navigates a feminist approach to feeling and unfeeling that is mindful of comparative racialization. They talk about 19th-century anti-Asian and anti-Black racisms alongside their own experiences of these racisms today. How do we build solidarity? How do we avoid the exploitation of our emotional resources? What kind of work can we do if we recognize -- and are critical about -- all research is secretly 'me-search'?

    Support us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/phdivaspodcast

    DISAFFECTED won the Duke UP Scholars of Color First Book Prize.
    For a 30% discount use the code E21YAO on the following sites
    North America: www.dukeupress.edu/disaffected
    UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific: www.combinedacademic.co.uk/97814780148…isaffected/

    You can read the intro for free here: www.dukeupress.edu/disaffected

    • 53 min
    S6E6 | WOC Then, WOC Now Pt 1: Writing Books & Historical Black Women in STEM

    S6E6 | WOC Then, WOC Now Pt 1: Writing Books & Historical Black Women in STEM

    So much and yet so little has changed for women of colour since the 19th century... PhDivas Liz and Xine discuss Xine's first book DISAFFECTED. Xine shares the challenges of writing a monograph (a fancy academic term for research book). Chapter 4 is kind of an homage to Liz: it discusses Black feminist approaches to STEM in the nineteenth century by analyzing a novel by a major Black woman writer alongside the writings of the first two Black American women to receive medical degrees. Liz and Xine delve into the everyday life strategies of disaffection, care, and uncaring that persist in the archive and in our everyday lives.

    Support us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/phdivaspodcast

    DISAFFECTED won the Duke UP Scholars of Color First Book Prize.
    For a 30% discount use the code E21YAO on the following sites
    North America: www.dukeupress.edu/disaffected
    UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific: https://www.combinedacademic.co.uk/9781478014836/disaffected/

    You can read the intro for free here: www.dukeupress.edu/disaffected

    • 1 hr 1 min
    S6E5 | WOC Scholars in Community: PhDiva Xine's Book Launch!

    S6E5 | WOC Scholars in Community: PhDiva Xine's Book Launch!

    If the master's tools can never dismantle the master's house, what can we build instead? Since emotional labour is racialized and gendered, what if minoritized people say 'no'? Listen to several brilliant WOC scholars discuss PhDiva Xine's new book DISAFFECTED: each of them was given a chapter of the book to respond to in order to give the audience a sense of the overall argument as well as a chance for each scholar to discuss their own research. 170+ people attended from around the world!

    0:00 to 6:15 Xine's overview of the event and Christine Okoth's introduction

    6:15 to 26:50 Xine reads a section of DISAFFECTED's argument

    26:51 to 38 Chapter 1: white sentimentalism, unsympathetic Blackness, and Herman Melville's Benito Cereno
    Respondent: Christine A Okoth (King's College London) is working on a brilliant manuscript that will revolutionize ecocriticism: _Race and the Raw Material: Black Aesthetics as Extractive Form_

    38:10 to 53:04 Chapter 2: on Black-Indigenous counterintimacies, science, and global revolution in Martin R. Delany's work
    Respondent: Rianna Walcott (King's College London) who researches Black women's identity formation in digital spaces. She co-founded projectmyopia.com which promotes inclusion in academia and decolonised curriculums. She co-edited The Colour of Madness, an anthology about BAME mental health. www.riannawalcott.com and @rianna_walcott on Twitter

    53:05 to 1:02:35 Chapter 3: on queer frigidity, medical science, the limits of white feminism, and the subgenre of (white) women doctor novels
    Respondent: Lara Choksey (UCL) who works on STS, critical race and decolonial studies with particular interest in speculative fiction. She is the author of Narrative in the Age of the Genome: Genetic Worlds (Bloomsbury 2021). https://www.bloomsbury.com/.../narrative-in-the-age-of.../

    1:03:50 to 1:13:35 Chapter 4: on Black women doctors, transformative love, and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper's Iola Leroy
    Respondent: Jade Bentil (Oxford) is a Black feminist historian whose first book REBEL CITIZEN uses oral history interviews to explore the lived experiences of Black women who migrated to Britain after WW2. Forthcoming from Allen Lane. https://www.jadebentil.com/

    1:13:31 to 1:26:25 Chp 5: Oriental inscrutability, Chinese diaspora, the first Asian North American woman writer Sui Sin Far
    Respondent: KerryMackereth(@CambridgeGender) works on racialization of AI, AsAm studies; co-host of @TheGoodRobot1 @KerryMackereth on Twitter

    1:26:30 Coda: Toward a Disaffected Manifesto Beyond Survival. PhDiva Xine highlights respondent Lucia Lorenzi who was unable to attend. Lucia trained as a Canadianist and trauma theorist, working on how artists and writers use silence to reshape, resist, reimagine experiences of violence. Their artwork is featured on the cover of the book! @empathywarrior on Twitter and Instagram

    DISAFFECTED won the Duke UP Scholars of Color First Book Prize.

    For a 30% discount use the code E21YAO on the following sites
    North America: https://www.dukeupress.edu/disaffected
    UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific: https://www.combinedacademic.co.uk/9781478014836/disaffected/

    You can read the intro for free here: https://www.dukeupress.edu/disaffected

    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/phdivaspodcast

    • 1 hr 29 min
    S6E4 | PhDivas Watch Netflix's The Chair: WOC Safeguarding & Sabotage

    S6E4 | PhDivas Watch Netflix's The Chair: WOC Safeguarding & Sabotage

    Have you watched Netflix's The Chair? Join PhDivas Liz and Xine as they talk about all the uncomfortable resonances between their experiences as women of colour in academia and the short 'comedy' series starring Sandra Oh. (Yes, Xine even had a student describe her as 'if Sandra Oh were an academic.') They discuss antiblackness, model minority failings, sabotage, emotional labour, and sympathies with student activists and beleagured staff.

    Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/phdivaspodcast

    For another great take on The Chair, see Koritha Mitchell's CNN piece: https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/26/opinions/the-chair-sandra-oh-netflix-protagonist-mitchell/index.html

    • 1 hr 11 min

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Interesting, intelligent and informative

I don’t work in academia but this podcast has a much wider relevance than just that audience. Insightful comments on how women and minorities navigate this world, how power structures and intersectionality play into how we interact, how we view the world and who gets to tell those stories. I love hearing these women speak and they always leave me with something to think about.

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