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Discussing Mambila Spider Divination and Visual Anthropology in Cameroon - Prof. David Zeitlyn

Discussing Mambila Spider Divination and Visual Anthropology in Cameroon - Prof. David Zeitlyn

November 19, 2021

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Prof. David Zeitlyn is a Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford. In this compelling episode of The Know Show Podcast, David talks to Hussain about his research in Cameroon which has been ongoing since 1985. We are given a rich account of his ethnographic work which has looked at Mambila Divination, Cameroonian photography, and methods in visual anthropology. Listen for a fascinating anthropological account of research that draws on work from over 35 years. You won’t get this anywhere else...

 

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Talking about Language: Comparing Modern and Ancient Linguistic Traditions - Prof. John Lowe

Talking about Language: Comparing Modern and Ancient Linguistic Traditions - Prof. John Lowe

November 19, 2021

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Prof. John Lowe is an Associate Professor of Sanskrit in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford. He talks to Hussain about how he became interested in language development, and how he came to study Sanskrit language and linguistics. He discusses the way language is so powerful, and the way written language can preserve older things, can prevent change or can undo change. Listen to hear John explore the way language changes over time, and how words are constantly changing and being remade through their translation from speech to writing. He draws on the influence texting has had here, and where this is heading. In this fascinating episode we learn about the way he is comparing ancient Indian linguistic tradition to modern western linguistic tradition, and the human knowledge that can be derived from this.

 

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Discussing Water and Development - Prof. Philippe Cullet

Discussing Water and Development - Prof. Philippe Cullet

November 10, 2021

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Prof. Philippe Cullet is a Professor of International and Environmental Law at SOAS University of London. He is also the convenor of the Law, Environment and Development Centre (LEDC). In this episode of The Know Show Podcast, Philippe talks to Hussain about his research that spans environmental law, natural resources, human rights and the socio-economic aspects of intellectual property. He asks questions about our approach to sustainability and focuses particularly on water rights and law, drawing this out through looking at India. Listen to better understand the way that today the biggest problem in terms of access to water is not its quantity, but its quality. 

 

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Race, Epidemics and Humanitarianism - Prof. Adia Benton

Race, Epidemics and Humanitarianism - Prof. Adia Benton

November 9, 2021

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Prof. Adia Benton is a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on global health, biomedicine and development/humanitarianism. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University. In this inspiring episode of The Know Show Podcast, she discusses her incredible research that touches on the often unintended consequences of global health and humanitarianism, with a particular focus on epidemics and West Africa. She talks to Hussain about her work within this that includes looking at race and humanitarian professionals, security and military paradigms during epidemics, hierarchies within this practice, and temporality in an era of anti-retroviral therapies for HIV/AIDS. Her studies are informed by her previous career in the fields of global health and post-conflict development in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. We are given a rare and critical analysis of humanitarianism and development today that is built on this first hand experience through an anthropological lens. 

 

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Digital and Internet Socio-Technologies: Cryptography, Hacktivism, and the Digital Economy - Prof. Tim Jordan

Digital and Internet Socio-Technologies: Cryptography, Hacktivism, and the Digital Economy - Prof. Tim Jordan

November 1, 2021

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Prof. Tim Jordan is a Professor of Digital Cultures and the Director of the Programme in Arts and Sciences at University College London. In this episode of The Know Show Podcast Tim talks to Hussain about the fascinating course he directs at UCL which promotes and allows for a real sense of interdisciplinary bridging between the arts and sciences. He continues to discuss his own research, where you can listen to him explore the world of the digital economy and the politics of information. He talks about hacktivism and cryptocurrency in expanding on the social and cultural meaning of digital and internet socio-technologies. With the digital world evermore prolific in our everyday lives - everyone should listen to this podcast...

 

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Gospels as Spin Doctors? The Social, Cultural and Religious Context of Christianity - Prof. Helen Bond

Gospels as Spin Doctors? The Social, Cultural and Religious Context of Christianity - Prof. Helen Bond

October 27, 2021

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Prof. Helen Bond is a Professor of Christian Origins, and the Head of the School of Divinity at Edinburgh University. In this episode of The Know Show Podcast Helen discusses her research that looks at understanding the aspects of early Christianity. She delves into the social, cultural and religious context within which Christianity emerged, highlighting how ancient texts on Christianity are far from neutral, likening it to the type of spin we see in society today. She draws on the work of the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus to give us an insight into the historical Jesus and the early Christian movement. 

 

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Understanding Emptiness in Postsocialist Eastern Europe and Russia: The Changing Relationships Between People, Places and the State - Dr. Dace Dzenovska

Understanding Emptiness in Postsocialist Eastern Europe and Russia: The Changing Relationships Between People, Places and the State - Dr. Dace Dzenovska

October 26, 2021

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Dr. Dace Dzenovska is an Associate Professor in the Anthropology of Migration at the University of Oxford. In this episode of The Know Show Podcast she discusses her incredible research that interrogates what we mean by emptiness. She talks about the way she has looked at this in relation to the emptying cities, towns, and villages in Latvia, Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. Listen to hear Dace unpack emptiness as a concrete historical formation that has emerged in conditions when socialist modernity is gone and promises of capitalist modernity have failed. 

 

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The Key Figures of The Democratic Republic of Congo - Dr. Reuben Loffman

The Key Figures of The Democratic Republic of Congo - Dr. Reuben Loffman

October 22, 2021

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Dr. Reuben Loffman is a Senior Lecturer in African History at Queen Mary University of London. In this episode of The Know Show Podcast, Reuben talks to Hussain about his research that works to highlight the agency of local people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and their responses to imperialism, war, and international development following formal decolonisation in 1960. He delves into his background, and how his teaching English for 8 months in Tanzania set him off on his academic journey that has followed. Listen for a fascinating insight into the ways people navigate authoritarian rule in their everyday, and the implications this has on development, governance, and the experience of violence. 

 

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Privilege, Inequality and Education: Britain’s Private School Problem - Prof. Francis Green

Privilege, Inequality and Education: Britain’s Private School Problem - Prof. Francis Green

October 13, 2021

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Francis Green is a Professor of Work and Education Economics in University College London Institute of Education. In this episode of The Know Show Podcast Francis discusses the huge problems with the private schooling system in Britain. He draws on his book Engines of Privilege, which he co-authored with David Kynaston. Listen to hear the way Francis articulately unpacks the ways private education is set up to benefit the society in which we live, and ways that we can push to reform this educational apartheid that exists. He clearly explains the way private schools are linked to the top universities and careers, and why it is so important we tackle this historical and entrenched system that persists. He shows why money should not be able to buy education, and highlights the inequality this bestows on society. 

 

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Discussing Orientalism, Colonialism and Israeli Culture - Prof. Yaron Peleg

Discussing Orientalism, Colonialism and Israeli Culture - Prof. Yaron Peleg

October 7, 2021

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In this episode of The Know Show Podcast, Prof. Yaron Peleg talks to Hussain about his work that focuses on modern Hebrew literary history, Israeli cinema and Israeli culture more generally. Prof. Yaron Peleg is a Kennedy Leigh Professor in Modern Hebrew Studies at the University of Cambridge. Listen to hear him critically engage in discussions around Zionism and orientalism, colonialism, and Israeli culture. He draws on his research that focuses on various cultural constructs in Israeli cinema, among them gender formation, ethnic identities (Ashkenazi/Mizrahi) and religious identities.

 

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