11 episodes

Combining scholarly research with the work of writers and artists. Through interviews, creative narrative, and original music, we get to the heart of big ideas. Produced and hosted by Canadian writer and musician Carmel Mikol.

Hyacinth Podcast Carmel Mikol: Writer & Musician

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Combining scholarly research with the work of writers and artists. Through interviews, creative narrative, and original music, we get to the heart of big ideas. Produced and hosted by Canadian writer and musician Carmel Mikol.

    Into the Archive

    Into the Archive

    I unearth a mysterious family archive that leaves me wondering: What does “the archive” mean and who gets to decide “what remains” there?

    To find out, I follow archivist Heather Home into a vault at the Queen's University Archives and speak with Dr. Kristin Moriah and Dr. Mark Campbell around what is missing in institutional archives and why. Plus, we learn how black studies and the culture and artistic practice of hiphop could reshape traditional archival processes.

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    • 38 min
    Imagining Democracy

    Imagining Democracy

    Democracy is under threat across the globe. Humanities studies are in decline in universities around the world. Is there a connection?

    This episode is not about politics. It's about democracy as an idea. It's about the skills needed to be democratic citizens, including deliberative discussion and community-building, and the value of the humanities for teaching us how to think and act democratically.

    Guests: Dave Meslin, Dr. Amanda Anderson, Dr. Cecil Foster.

    • 32 min
    Dhiru Thadani - The Interviews

    Dhiru Thadani - The Interviews

    Bonus episode: Hear my extended interview with architect and planner Dhiru Thadani. We discuss the history of urbanism as a design theory and the enduring value of beauty in our public and civic spaces.

    We first met Dhiru in Episode 5: Looking for Beauty. This is our full conversation. If you enjoy this interview, be sure to subscribe and check out my regular, curated episodes on your favourite app or at www.hyacinthpodcast.com. Connect with @hyacinpodcast on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

    • 32 min
    Looking for Beauty

    Looking for Beauty

    What is beauty? Where can we find it? In this crazy world that is burning up (quite literally) and seems to be falling apart, does beauty even matter?

    I discuss the enduring imperative of beauty beyond physical appearance or aesthetic with professor of contemporary literature, Dr. Alice Brittan, and architect Dhiru Thadani. Fascinating parallels and paradoxes emerge that take us on a journey from a vacant lot in Hamilton, Ontario, to the Piazza Navona in Rome.

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    • 22 min
    Memory Work

    Memory Work

    Do you hide memories away in boxes under beds? Or do you keep them all around you, stuck to the front of your fridge? From our personal stories to our public histories, memory affects the way we move through our world. I talk with journalist Pauline Dakin, writer Emma Donoghue, memoirist Jennifer Browdy, and poet Canisia Lubrin about the power of memory and how to harness its mystery and meaning.

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    Topics: memory, memoir, poetry, public memory, history, monument, archive

    • 35 min
    Writing Life (Part 2): How stories make and break us

    Writing Life (Part 2): How stories make and break us

    What are the limits of our narrative? How can stories lead us into blank spaces and the unknown? I interview Giller Prize winner Johanna Skibsrud and celebrated east coast writers Carol Bruneau and Nicola Davison about the transformative potential of story and the challenges of writing what is unsaid and unknown.

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    • 31 min

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