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The Narrative for Social Justice podcast (N4SJ) explores the connections between the study of narratives--and narratives themselves--and many forms of social justice. Episodes will be released monthly and will feature conversations between scholars, activists, writers, and artists. Topics include our/our guests’ understandings of and approaches to “social justice,” the literary canon, feminist/queer/trans approaches, and anti-racist education.

This public scholarship initiative is run through the International Society for the Study of Narrative.

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The Narrative for Social Justice podcast (N4SJ) explores the connections between the study of narratives--and narratives themselves--and many forms of social justice. Episodes will be released monthly and will feature conversations between scholars, activists, writers, and artists. Topics include our/our guests’ understandings of and approaches to “social justice,” the literary canon, feminist/queer/trans approaches, and anti-racist education.

This public scholarship initiative is run through the International Society for the Study of Narrative.

    Rewriting Narratives with author Betsy Cornwell

    Rewriting Narratives with author Betsy Cornwell

    Host Gretchen Busl talks with best-selling author Betsy Cornwell about using storytelling to make material change in the world. Betsy is currently working to establish a childcare inclusive arts retreat for single mothers at the Old Knitting Factory in Connemara, Ireland, aiming to answer the question "Can telling a story create the story?"

    Learn more about Betsy's efforts at The Old Knitting Factory 

    Follow her on Instagram and Facebook

    Check out Betsy’s YA fantasy books (Tides, Mechanica, Venturess, The Forest Queen, The Circus Rose) on her webpage 

    Podcast music created by Drew Morgan

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    Forms of Global Capitalism, Unfree Labor, and Contemporary Indian Ocean Studies

    Forms of Global Capitalism, Unfree Labor, and Contemporary Indian Ocean Studies

    Host Torsa Ghosal talks to Neelofer Qadir about how literary scholars shaping the interdisciplinary field of Indian Ocean Studies today can address the insidiousness of colonialism, capitalism, slavery and oppressive structures of power in postcolonial nation-states.

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    N4SJ's Hot Take on Netflix's "The Chair"

    N4SJ's Hot Take on Netflix's "The Chair"

    Welcome to our first “hot take,” a quick bonus episode where we discuss a narrative that’s currently getting attention from the press or the public! Hosts Angela Du, Torsa Ghosal, Chiara Pellegrini, and Gretchen Busl give our take on Netflix’s new six-part series, The Chair.

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    Race, Social Justice Pedagogy, and Reclaiming Narratives of the Past

    Race, Social Justice Pedagogy, and Reclaiming Narratives of the Past

    Host Gretchen Busl talks with Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, associate professor of Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies, about scholar activism, the racial and gender politics of public memory, and social justice pedagogy through the lens of their NEH-funded project "Quakertown Stories." 

    Connect with Danielle at www.daniellephillips-cunningham.com

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    Episode Bibliography

    Phillips-Cunningham, Danielle T. Putting Their Hands on Race: Irish Immigrant and Southern Black Domestic Workers. Rutgers University Press, 2019.

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    Narratives of Space from the Iberian Peninsula

    Narratives of Space from the Iberian Peninsula

    Host Chiara Pellegrini talks with Nerea Eizagirre about space, identity, movement, and how narratives can help to focus on the humanity of every body. 

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    Episode Bibliography

    Mikhail Bakhtin, ‘Forms of Time and the Chronotope in the Novel’, in The Dialogic Imagination. University of Texas Press, 1982.

    Paul Ilie, Literature and the Inner Exile: Authoritarian Spain, 1939-1975: Authoritarian Spain, 1939-78. The John Hopkins University Press, 1981.

    Doreen Massey

    Teresa del Valle

    Maria Rodó de Zarate

    Sayak Valencia, Gore Capitalism. semiotext(e), 2010.

    Achille Mbembe, Necropolitics. Duke University Press, 2019.

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    Narratives of Asian American and Asian Canadian Representation

    Narratives of Asian American and Asian Canadian Representation

    Host Angela Du and special guests Jennifer Ho and Joey S. Kim discuss narratives of race and racism affecting Asian North Americans, especially Asian Americans. They reflect on the history of various terms, solidarities with other minority groups, public-facing scholarship, hazing graduate students, and texts that they love — including Joey’s first book of poems, Body Facts (2021).

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    Episode Bibliography

    Jennifer Ho and Jenny Heijun Wills, editors. Teaching Approaches to Asian North American Literature (forthcoming).

    Cathy Park Hong. Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning. Penguin Random House, 2020.

    Joey S. Kim. Body Facts. Diode Editions, 2021.

    Maxine Hong Kingson. The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts. Vintage, 1976.

    Min Jin Lee. Panchinko. Grand Central Publishing, 2017.

    Lisa Lowe. The Intimacies of Four Continents. Duke UP, 2010.

    Viet Thanh Nguyen. The Committed. Grove P, 2021.

    ---. The Sympathizer. Grove P, 2015.

    Michael Omi and Howard Winant. Racial Formation in the United States. 3rd edition. Routledge, 2014. [first published in 1986]

    Craig Santos Perez. Habitat Threshold. Omnidawn, 2020.

    Edward W. Said. Orientalism. Pantheon Books, 1078.

    Amy Tan. The Joy Luck Club. G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1989.

    Beverley Daniel Tatum. Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations about Race. 3rd edition. Basic Books, 2017.

    Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang. “Decolonization Is Not a Metaphor.” Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education and Society, vol. 1, no. 1, 2012, pp. 1-40.

    Ocean Vuong. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. Penguin P, 2019.

    Charles Yu. Interior Chinatown. Pantheon Books, 2020.

    Jennifer Ho and Shawn O’Neal. Anti Racism I, Coursera: https://www.coursera.org/learn/antiracism-1

    Jennifer Ho and Shawn O’Neal. Anti Racism II, Coursera: https://www.coursera.org/learn/antiracism-2

    Canadian residential schools

    If you’re looking for organizations to support, consider donating to these and visiting their websites for more information:

    The Indian Residential School Survivors Society

    Legacy of Hope

    Reconciliation Canada

    The National Residential School Crisis Line offers 24-hour support to former residential school students at the number 1 866 925 4419. So does the Hope for Wellness Help Line at the number 1 855 242 3310 and the chat line.

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