14 episodes

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.

    Artists Leading a Change: On the Classical Theater of Harlem

    Artists Leading a Change: On the Classical Theater of Harlem

    Join co-hosts Angela Du and Torsa Ghosal as they speak with Ty Jones, the Producing Artistic Director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem. Ty talks to us about CTH’s dedication to the tradition of Black theatre in Harlem, to diversifying the performance of classical plays, and to engaging with young audiences. He also shares exciting upcoming projects.

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    BIBLIOGRAPHY (also in transcript)

    Johnson, James Weldon. (2008). God's trombones : seven Negro sermons in verse. New York: Penguin Publishing Group.

    – (2018). The Creation (25th Anniversary Edition). United States: Holiday House.

    Shamieh, Betty. Malvolio. Commissioned by Denison College. Text by Betty Shamieh.  Music by Matt Gould.  Lyrics by Betty Shamieh & Matt Gould.

    Reiss, T. (2012). The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo. United Kingdom: Crown. New York: Crown Publishers.

    Ribbe, Claude. (2002). Alexandre Dumas : le dragon de la reine. Paris: Rocher.

    • 39 min
    Writing Women’s Bodies and the North with author Gráinne O’Hare

    Writing Women’s Bodies and the North with author Gráinne O’Hare

    In this episode, host Chiara Pellegrini talks to author Gráinne O’Hare about the meanings of the ‘North’ in the UK, reproductive justice, writing short stories in the contemporary moment, and 18th century women who may or may not have given birth to rabbits.

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    BIBLIOGRAPHY (also in transcript)

    Eliza Clark interview:

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jul/22/eliza-clark-from-newcastle-working-class-publishers-diverse-boy-parts

    ‘Political Affection’:

    https://www.rct.uk/collection/810072/political-affection

    • 30 min
    Perspectives from the Narrative Conference

    Perspectives from the Narrative Conference

    Missing the Narrative conference already? Tune into our post-conference bonus episode, where we chat with panelists from “TransForming Narrative Studies” (Joonas), “Migrant & Refugee Narratives” (Victoria), “Fictionality and the Didactics of Sexuality” (Yonina), and “After Empathy” (Aili).

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    BIBLIOGRAPHY (also in transcript)

    www.yoninahoffman.com.

    https://p-lit.org

    kari edwards, Succubus in my Pocket. Eoagh Books, 2015.

    Susan Lanser, ‘Queering Narrative Voice’. Queer and Feminist Theories of Narrative, special issue of Textual Practice, vol. 32, no. 6, 2018, pp. 923-937.

    Alison Rumfitt, Tell Me I’m Worthless. Cipher Press, 2021.

    Hartman, Saidiya V. Scenes of Subjection : Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America / Saidiya V. Hartman. Oxford University Press, 1997.

    Serpell, Namwali. “The Banality of Empathy.” The New York Review. 2 March 2019.

    https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2019/03/02/the-banality-of-empathy/

    Breithaupt, Fritz. The Dark Sides of Empathy. Translated by Andrew B. B. Hamilton. Translated by Andrew B. B. Hamilton, Cornell University Press, 2019.

    • 47 min
    Environmental Justice and Narrative in the Anthropocene

    Environmental Justice and Narrative in the Anthropocene

    In this episode of the Narrative for Social Justice Podcast, host Carolin Gebauer talks with Erin James about environmental justice and the role of narrative in the Anthropocene. Erin speaks about her new book, Narrative in the Anthropocene (Ohio State University Press, 2022), in which she conceptualizes narrative as both a rhetorical and cognitive mode that can help us to analyze and comprehend the causes, consequences, and problems of the current global climate crisis. The conversation focuses on various aspects that shape our understanding of climate change such as the relation between humankind and other species, the nexus between climate and social justice, as well as the difference between collective and individual agency in the context of climate action. We also discuss the role of narrative in public debates about climate change as well as the pedagogical benefits of teaching cli-fi and narrative theory in the classroom.

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    Bibliography (also in transcript):

    Bennett, Jane. Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010.

    Breithaupt, Fritz. The Dark Sides of Empathy. Translated by Andrew B. B. Hamilton. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2019.

    Chakrabarty, Dipesh. “The Climate of History: Four Theses.” Critical Inquiry 35.2 (2009): 197–222.

    Herman, David. Story Logic: Problems and Possibilities of Narrative. Lincoln, NE: The University of Nebraska Press, 2002.

    James, Erin. “Narrating Nature: Narrative Theory and the Unnatural Nature of Climate Change.” Nature and Literary Studies, edited by Peter Remien and Scott Slovic. Cambridge University Press, 2022. 325-338.

    James, Erin. Narrative in the Anthropocene. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University Press, 2022.

    James, Erin. The Storyworld Accord: Econarratology and Postcolonial Narratives. Lincoln, NE: The University of Nebraska Press, 2015.

    James, Erin. “The Value of ‘Old’Stories. A Response to Marco Caracciolo’s ‘Negotiating Stories in the Anthropocene.’” In: DIEGESIS: Interdisciplinary E-Journal for Narrative Research 9.2 (2020). 34–44. URN: http://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:hbz:468-20201201-102135-6.

    James, Erin, and Birgit Spengler. “(Life) Narrative in the Posthuman Anthropocene: Erin James in Conversation with Birgit Spengler.” In: Life Writing in the Posthuman Anthropocene, edited by Ina Batzke, Lea Espinoza Garrido, and Linda M. Hess, 225–255. Cham: Springer.

    James, Erin, and Eric Morel (eds.). Narrative and Environment: New Directions in Econarratology. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University Press, 2020.

    Keen, Suzanne. Empathy and the Novel. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.

    Morton, Timothy. Ecology Without Nature: Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics. Harvard University Press, 2007.

    Ryan, Marie-Laure. Possible Worlds, Artificial Intelligence, and Narrative Theory. Bloomington, IN and Indianapolis, IN: Indiana University Press, 1991.

    Said, Edward W. Culture and Imperialism. London: Chatto & Windus, 1993.

    Zunshine, Lisa. Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University Press, 2006.

    • 53 min
    ADHD and the Academy

    ADHD and the Academy

    As a follow-up to episode 8, join host Angela Du and guests Rebecca Shapiro, Catherine Trotman, and Lee Skallerup Bessette as they talk about ADHD and the academy, clinical psychology, and educational development. We delve into creating community during the pandemic, what counts as academic “scholarship,” and the privilege associated with diagnosis and disclosure, and more.

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    BIBLIOGRAPHY (also in transcript)

    All the Things ADHD, hosted by Lee Skallerup Bessette and Aimée Morrison, https://allthethingsadhd.com/about/.

    Bessette, Lee Skalerrup. “You Can Ask for Mental-Health Help, but Can You Find Any?” The Chronicle of Higher Education, 27 October 2021, https://www.chronicle.com/article/you-can-ask-for-mental-health-help-but-can-you-find-any.

    —. “Moving In and Out of Time.” Kairos, vol. 26, no. 2, 2022. https://kairos.technorhetoric.net/26.2/interviews/bessette/index.html.

    —. Ready Writing. readywriting.org.

    Bessette, Lee Skallerup, editor. Affective Labour and Alt-Ac Careers. UP of Kansas, 2022.

    Brooks, René. Black Girl Lost Keys. https://blackgirllostkeys.com/.

    Davidson, Cathy. Now You See It. Penguin, 2012.

    Morrison, Aimée. “(Un)Reasonable, (Un)Necessary, and (In)Appropriate

    Biographic Mediation of Neurodivergence in Academic Accomodations.” Biography, vol. 42, no. 3, 2019, pp. 693–719. doi: 10.1353/bio.2019.0066.

    • 56 min
    Neuroqueer Narratives

    Neuroqueer Narratives

    Host Chiara Pellegrini talks with Sean Yeager about autistic narratives and resisting the narratives of “autism”, neuroqueer social justice, physics, pedagogies, disability studies, and the editing of this episode.

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    Bibliography

    Sara M. Acevedo. ‘Lifelines: A Neuroqueer Politics of Non-Arrival in an Undergraduate Disability Studies Classroom.’ International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, vol. 0, no. 0, Dec. 2021.

    Lydia X. Z. Brown, E. Ashkenazy and Morénike Giwa Onaiwu (eds.), All the Weight of our Dreams: On living Racialised Autism. DragonBee Press, 2016.

    Reina Gossett, Eric A. Stanley and Johanna Burton (eds.), Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility, The MIT Press, 2017,

    Damian Milton, ‘On the Ontological Status of Autism: The ‘Double Empathy Problem.’’ Disability & Society, vol. 27, no.6, 2012.

    Therí A Pickens, Black Madness: Mad Blackness, Duke University Press, 2019.

    Chanda Prescod-Weinstein. The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred, Bold Type Books, 2021. [Sean would like to apologize for mispronouncing Dr. Prescod-Weinstein's name. The correct pronunciation is "Chahnda Prescod-Winestine.]

    Jake Pyne, ‘Autistic Disruptions, Trans Temporalities: A Narrative “Trap Door” in Time’. The South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 120, no. 2, 2020.

    Julia Miele Rodas, Autistic Disturbances: Theorizing Autism Poetics from the DSM to Robinson Crusoe, University of Michigan Press, 2018.

    DJ Savarese, Deej. https://www.deejmovie.com/

    Hortense Spillers. ‘Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book.’ Diacritics, vol. 17, no. 2, 1987.

    Nick Walker,  ‘Neuroqueer, An introduction.’ https://neuroqueer.com/neuroqueer-an-introduction/

    Dawn Wimpory. ‘A Social Timing Model of Autism, Informed by Typical Development.’ Time Distortions in Mind: Temporal Processing in Clinical Populations, 2015.

    M. Remi Yergeau. Authoring Autism: On Rhetoric and Neurological Queerness. Duke University Press, 2018.

    • 36 min

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