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Narrative for Social Justice

Narrative for Social Justice

By Narrative for Social Justice

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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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. Podcast music created by Drew Morgan Follow the Narrative for Social Justice Facebook page Follow Narrative for Social Justice on Twitter Open the episode transcript *** IG: @TyJonesNYC T: @TDJNYC CTH: @Classicalharlem IG: @Classicalharlem www.cthnyc.org Support CTH! Online Donation (Through our secure online servers) *** 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.
39:34
October 11, 2022
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. Podcast music created by Drew Morgan Follow the Narrative for Social Justice Facebook page Follow Narrative for Social Justice on Twitter Open the episode transcript 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
30:40
August 25, 2022
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). Podcast music created by Drew Morgan Follow the Narrative for Social Justice Facebook page Follow Narrative for Social Justice on Twitter Open the episode transcript 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.
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July 27, 2022
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. Podcast music created by Drew Morgan Follow the Narrative for Social Justice Facebook page Follow Narrative for Social Justice on Twitter Open the episode transcript 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.
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June 24, 2022
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. Podcast music created by Drew Morgan Follow the Narrative for Social Justice Facebook page Follow Narrative for Social Justice on Twitter Open the episode transcript  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.
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April 10, 2022
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. Podcast music created by Drew Morgan Follow the Narrative for Social Justice Facebook page Follow Narrative for Social Justice on Twitter Open the episode transcript https://bit.ly/N4SJpodcast8 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.
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January 15, 2022
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 Follow the Narrative for Social Justice Facebook page Follow Narrative for Social Justice on Twitter Open the episode transcript 
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October 30, 2021
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. Podcast music created by Drew Morgan Follow the Narrative for Social Justice Facebook page Follow Narrative for Social Justice on Twitter Open the episode transcript https://bit.ly/N4SJpodcast6
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September 30, 2021
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. Podcast music created by Drew Morgan Follow the Narrative for Social Justice Facebook page Follow Narrative for Social Justice on Twitter Open the episode transcript https://bit.ly/N4SJpodcastB1
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September 27, 2021
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 Podcast music created by Drew Morgan Join the Narrative for Social Justice Facebook group Follow Narrative for Social Justice on Twitter Open the episode transcript https://bit.ly/N4SJpodcast5 Episode Bibliography Phillips-Cunningham, Danielle T. Putting Their Hands on Race: Irish Immigrant and Southern Black Domestic Workers. Rutgers University Press, 2019.
45:60
September 01, 2021
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.  Podcast music created by Drew Morgan Join the Narrative for Social Justice Facebook group Follow Narrative for Social Justice on Twitter Open the episode transcript https://bit.ly/N4SJpodcast4 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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July 30, 2021
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). Podcast music created by Drew Morgan Join the Narrative for Social Justice Facebook group Follow Narrative for Social Justice on Twitter Open the episode transcript https://bit.ly/N4SJpodcast3 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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June 30, 2021
What is Narrative for Social Justice? Part II
What is Narrative for Social Justice? Part II
Hosts Torsa Ghosal, Carolin Gebauer, and Gretchen Busl pick up the conversation from the previous episode. They reflect on ‘social justice’ as a concept, framework, adjective, and practice and discuss how narrative research and pedagogy can engage with questions related to social justice. Podcast music created by Drew Morgan Join the Narrative for Social Justice Facebook group Follow Narrative for Social Justice on Twitter Open the episode transcript https://bit.ly/N4SJpodcast2 Episode bibliography: Nadeem Aslam. Maps for Lost Lovers. London: Faber & Faber, 2004. Serge Doubrovsky. Fils: Roman. Place: Éditions Galilée, 1977. Audre Lorde. Zami, a new spelling of my name. Trumansburg, N.Y.: Crossing Press, 1982. Ulla Rahbek. British Multicultural Literature and Superdiversity. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.
38:57
May 17, 2021
What is Narrative for Social Justice? Part I
What is Narrative for Social Justice? Part I
Hosts Angela Du and Chiara Pellegrini and Narrative for Social Justice Initiative organizer Cody Mejeur discuss what the elusive term ‘social justice’ means to them, reflect on the critical hope that comes with doing narrative for social justice, and encourage narrative studies and “narrative” itself to open up to more disciplines, audiences, and students. Podcast music created by Drew Morgan Join the Narrative for Social Justice Facebook group Follow Narrative for Social Justice on Twitter Open the episode transcript https://bit.ly/N4Sjpodcast1 Episode bibliography: Adrienne Shaw. ‘The Trouble with Community’. In B. Ruberg and A. Shaw (Eds.), Queer Game Studies, pp. 153-162. University of Minnesota Press, 2017. José Esteban Muñoz. Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity. NYU Press, 2009. Susan S. Lanser. Fictions of Authority: Women Writers and Narrative Voice. Cornell University Press, 1992. Carolyn Betensky. ‘Casual Racism in Victorian Literature’. In Victorian Literature and Culture, vol.47, no.4, 2019, pp. 723-751. Jennifer DeVere Brody. Impossible Purities: Blackness, Femininity and Victorian Culture. Duke University Press, 1998. Sandy Stone. ‘The Empire Strikes Back: A Posttranssexual Manifesto’. Camera Obscura, vol. 10, no. 2, 1992, pp. 151-172. Jay Prosser. Second Skins: The Body Narratives of Transsexuality. Columbia University Press, 1998. The Palah Light Lab: https://ubwp.buffalo.edu/palahlight/
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May 12, 2021