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Narrative for Social Justice

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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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Narrative and Climate Justice Action

Narrative for Social JusticeJun 20, 2023

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Narrative and Climate Justice Action

Narrative and Climate Justice Action

Host Chiara Pellegrini talks with Jemima Elliott, climate justice campaigner for Green New Deal Rising, journalist, and literature postgrad. Recorded last summer on the occasionally noisy campus of Newcastle University (host of the 2024 Narrative conference), the episode references and anticipates heat waves and No New Clothes challenges.

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Links to organizations and campaigns mentioned are at the bottom of the transcript.

Podcast music created by Drew Morgan.


Jun 20, 202329:54
Universalism, Empathic Genres, and Limits of the Hero's Journey
May 07, 202343:54
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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IG: @TyJonesNYC

T: @TDJNYC

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IG: @Classicalharlem

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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.

Oct 11, 202239:34
Writing Women’s Bodies and the North with author Gráinne O’Hare
Aug 25, 202230:40
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.

Jul 27, 202247:19
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.

Jun 24, 202253:36
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.



Apr 10, 202256:52
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.


Jan 15, 202236:08
Rewriting Narratives with author Betsy Cornwell
Oct 30, 202142:18
Forms of Global Capitalism, Unfree Labor, and Contemporary Indian Ocean Studies
Sep 30, 202146:23
N4SJ's Hot Take on Netflix's "The Chair"
Sep 27, 202131:45
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.


Sep 01, 202145:60
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.

Jul 30, 202127:08
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.

Jun 30, 202146:06
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.

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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.

May 17, 202138:57
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.

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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/

May 12, 202131:41