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Public Anthropologist Podcast

Public Anthropologist Podcast

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PUAN podcast features ideas and thoughts about issues that concern the public. Conversations are brief and entail translation of complex social idea or theory into intelligible language. It is hosted by Dr. Antonio De Lauri, Research Professor at Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), Norway and Saumya Pandey, doctoral researcher at CMI.
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Science and economy of selling pesticides

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Forging emotions and truth in criminal courts
Forging emotions and truth in criminal courts
In the 7th episode of PUAN podcast, co-host Saumya Pandey interviews anthropologist Kamari Maxine Clarke on how emotions—and its expressions —are central to interpreting justice in criminal courts. Clarke’s work on affective justice highlights the larger historical conditions and structural inequities under which justice is realized, the role of time and space in the materialization of justice in juridical proceedings and the significance of geospatial technologies in forging truth.
24:29
October 13, 2022
Are we in the age of Anthropocene?
Are we in the age of Anthropocene?
In the 6th episode of PUAN podcast, co-host Saumya Pandey interviews environmental historian and historical geographer, Jason W. Moore. Moore's work radically upsets the Nature-Society dualism of capitalism both materially and symbolically manifested in the logic of Anthropocene. We discuss the periodization of history, its framing and the kind of role it played in shaping our interpretation of climate change and the inanimate world.
29:53
September 15, 2022
Science and economy of selling pesticides
Science and economy of selling pesticides
In the 5th episode of PUAN podcast, co-host Saumya Pandey interviews Historian Elena Conis on how risky pesticides were culturally accepted and what kind of role did science play in its acceptance. Professor Conis explains how scientific research during war and epidemic prioritized some type of scientific questions over others, and how this approach built an economy that was geared towards selling poisonous pesticides and making them socially desirable.
38:31
July 08, 2022
Economies of scarcity and abundance
Economies of scarcity and abundance
In the 4th episode of PUAN podcast, co-host Saumya Pandey interviews a professor of English, Candace Fujikane, on how ideas of abundance and scarcity are forged under capitalism. Professor Fujikane’s research uses cartography as a methodology to map Kanaka Maoli’s knowledge and relation of abundance with lands, seas and skies. In doing so, Fujikane’s work raises fundamental concern about the capitalist economies of scarcity, which have devastating consequences for the planet.
27:09
June 20, 2022
Colonial dispossession and heroin use in northern New Mexico
Colonial dispossession and heroin use in northern New Mexico
In the 3rd episode of PUAN podcast, co-host Saumya Pandey interviews Anthropologist Angela Garcia on the endless dispossession, inequality, and heroin use etched in the history and memory of northern New Mexico. Professor Garcia’s avant-garde scholarship combines apparently isolated moments of intimacy, addiction, care and abuse to shed light on the impacts of a colonial past that is eating up the landscape inside.
20:54
May 03, 2022
History and geography of a city soaked in water
History and geography of a city soaked in water
In the 2nd episode of PUAN podcast, co-host Saumya Pandey interviews Anthropologist Nikhil Anand on the concept of wet cities. Professor Anand’s work focuses on Mumbai, a city built in and out of the Arabian Sea. He encourages us to think about the long history of engineering cities as dry lands devoid of wetness, and how that is contributing to the current climate events.
08:51
April 01, 2022
Histories and futures in monocrop palm oil plantation
Histories and futures in monocrop palm oil plantation
In the 1st episode of PUAN podcast, co-host Saumya Pandey interviews Anthropologist Tania Murray Li on the history and future of palm oil plantation in Indonesia and other parts of the world. Professor Li explains what monocrop palm oil plantation may be revealing about economic inequality and why is it so important to pay attention to dominant conception of development.   
14:44
March 10, 2022