this is not a pipe
By Chris Richardson, PhD
this is not a pipeMay 23, 2019
Scott Newstok: How to think like Shakespeare
Scott Newstok discusses his book How to Think Like Shakespeare: Lessons from A Renaissance Education with Chris Richardson. Newstok is Professor of English and Founding Director of the Pearce Shakespeare Endowment at Rhodes College. Newstok is the author of Quoting Death in Early Modern England: The Poetics of Epitaphs Beyond the Tomb (Palgrave, 2009) and How to Think like Shakespeare: Lessons from a Renaissance Education (Princeton, 2020); and editor of Kenneth Burke on Shakespeare (Parlor Press, 2007), Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Perforance (Palgrave, 2010, with Ayanna Thompson), and Paradise Lost: A Primer, written by his late mentor Michael Cavanagh (Catholic University of America Press, 2020).
Anna F. Peppard: Supersex
Anna F. Peppard discusses her book Supersex: Sexuality, Fantasy and the Superhero with Chris Richardson. Peppard is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellow in the department of Communication, Popular Culture, and Film at Brock University. She's published widely on representations of race, gender, and sexuality within a variety of popular media genres and forms, including action-adventure television, superhero comics, professional wrestling, and sports culture. She's currently working on a monograph about the iconic 1960s spy-fi TV show The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and writing entirely too much X-Men fanfiction. She co-hosts the podcast Three Panel Contrast (a monthly discussion of comics classics), and The Oh Gosh, Oh Golly, Oh Wow! Podcast (a weekly discussion of the classic Marvel comics series Excalibur).
Jonathan Cohn: The Burden of Choice
Jonathan Cohn discusses his book The Burden of Choice: Recommendations, Subversion, and Algorithmic Culture with Chris Richardson. Cohn is an assistant professor of digital cultures and head of the digital humanities program at the University of Alberta. His research focuses on digital culture and history, critical algorithmic studies, film and media, postfeminist and postracial discourses and television. With Dr. Jennifer Porst, he is co-editing Very Special Episodes: Event Television and Social Change (Rutgers, forthcoming) on the history of how the television industry has confronted traumatic events and cultural change. In the meantime, he is thinking a lot about what differences might exist between algorithmic and AI culture, and the experiences of incoherence endemic to our current moment. In an effort to make our relationship with AI more collaborative, ethical and egalitarian, he is also creating a program to help humanities scholars co-write and research with AI.
Aurelien Mondon and Aaron Winter: Reactionary Democracy
"Aurelien Mondon and Aaron Winter discuss their book Reactionary Democracy: How Racism and the Populist Far Right Became Mainstream with Chris Richardson. Aurelien Mondon is a Senior Lecturer in politics at the University of Bath. His research focuses predominantly on the impact of racism and populism on liberal democracies and the mainstreaming of far right politics through elite discourse. His first book, The Mainstreaming of the Extreme Right in France and Australia: A Populist Hegemony?, was published in 2013 and he recently co-edited After Charlie Hebdo: Terror, racism and free speech published with Zed. His new book Reactionary democracy: How racism and the populist far right became mainstream, co-written with Aaron Winter, is now out with Verso.
Aaron Winter is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of East London. His research is on the far-right with a focus on racism, mainstreaming and violence. He is co-editor of Discourses and Practices of Terrorism: Interrogating Terror (Routledge 2010), Historical Perspectives on Organised Crime and Terrorism (Routledge 2018) and Researching the Far Right: Theory, Method and Practice (Routledge 2020), and co-author with Aurelien Mondon, of Reactionary Democracy: How Racism and the Populist Far Right Became Mainstream (Verso 2020). He has also published in the journals Ethnic and Racial Studies, Identities and Sociological Research Online, and been interviewed by NBC, BBC, The Times, The Telegraph, New Statesman, Vice and Wired. He currently an associate editor of Identities and co-editor of the Manchester University Press (MUP) book series Racism, Resistance and Social Change.
Chris Richardson: Batman and the Joker
Chris Richardson discusses his book Batman and the Joker: Contested Sexuality in Popular Culture with Diana Richards. Richardson is (usually) the host of This Is Not A Pipe podcast. He is also Associate Professor and Chair of the Communication Studies Department and Program Coordinator for Popular Culture at Young Harris College.
Hadar Aviram: Yesterday's Monsters
Hadar Aviram discusses her book Yesterday's Monsters: The Manson Family Cases and the Illusion of Parole with Chris Richardson. Aviram is the Thomas Miller Professor at UC Hastings College of the Law. She holds law and criminology degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from UC Berkeley, where she studied as a Fulbright Fellow and a Regents Intern. Professor Aviram specializes in criminal justice and civil rights from a socio-legal perspective. She is the author of Cheap on Crime: Recession-Era Politics and the Transformation of American Punishment (UC Press, 2015), and the coeditor of The Legal Process and the Promise of Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2019.)
Robert K. Elder: Hemingway in Comics
Robert K Elder discusses his book Hemingway in Comics with Chris Richardson. Elder is the Chief Digital Officer at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, an award-winning author of 12 books and founder of Odd Hours Media. He also serves as a mentor at TechStars, 1871 Chicago and Northwestern University's The Garage. Elder specializes in launching new products, expanding brands and developing corporate innovation strategies. Elder is also the founder of Odd Hours Media LLC, which consults and creates branding campaigns and TV production. In 2018, he also became a founding partner of Token. Agency, a consulting firm focused on emerging technology and blockchain projects. Elder is also the author or editor of several books, including 2018's The Mixtape of My Life, a journal that guides users to write their autobiography through their music collection. His 2016 book, Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park, won a Gold Medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards.
Jo Littler: Against Meritocracy
Jo Littler discusses her book Against Meritocracy: Culture, Power, and Myths of Mobility with Chris Richardson. Littler is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of the Gender and Sexualities Research Centre at City, University of London, UK. Her work on in/equality and cultural politics is wide-ranging and includes Against Meritocracy: Culture, Power and Myths of Mobility, Routledge (2018) Radical Consumption? (2008) and with Roshi Naidoo (2005) The Politics of Heritage: The legacies of 'race' (2005). She is a co-editor of the European Journal of Cultural Studies and part of the editorial collective of Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture. She is currently working on a book of interviews with left feminist academics and, as part of 'The Care Collective', The Care Manifesto (Verso, 2020).
Brian Jefferson: Digitize and Punish
Brian Jefferson discusses his book Digitize and Punish: Racial Criminalization in the Digital Age with Chris Richardson. Jefferson is Associate Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. He edits the digital magazine societyandspace.org, serves on the editorial boards of the Annals of the American Association of Geographers and Urban Geography, and is author of Digitize and Punish: Racial Criminalization in the Digital Age.
Kevin M Gannon: Radical Hope
Kevin M Gannon discusses his book Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto with Chris Richardson. Gannon is Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and Professor of History, at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. He is the author of Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto, and writes regularly for the Chronicle of Higher Education and on his blog, The Tattooed Professor. In 2016, he appeared in the Oscar-nominated documentary 13th. Find him on Twitter: @TheTattooedProf
Ebony Elizabeth Thomas: The Dark Fantastic
Ebony Elizabeth Thomas discusses her book The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games with Chris Richardson. Thomas is Associate Professor in the Literacy, Culture, and International Educational Division at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. A former Detroit Public Schools teacher and National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, she was a member of the NCTE Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color's 2008-2010 cohort, served on the NCTE Conference on English Education's Executive Committee from 2013 until 2017, and is the immediate past chair of the NCTE Standing Committee on Research. Currently, she serves as co-editor of Research of the Teaching of English, and her most recent book is The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games (NYU Press, 2019). She is an advisory board member and consultant on Teaching Tolerance's Teaching Hard History project.
Luke Fernandez and Susan J Matt: Bored, Lonely, Angry, Stupid
Luke Fernandez and Susan Matt discuss their book Bored, Lonely, Angry, Stupid: Changing Feelings about Technology, from the Telegraph to Twitter with Chris Richardson. Luke Fernandez is Asst. Prof. in the School of Computing at Weber State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Theory from Cornell University. He also is a software developer. His writing has appeared in a range of publications, including the Washington Post, Slate, Lapham's Quarterly, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Marc Singer: Breaking the Frames
Marc Singer discusses his book Breaking the Frames: Populism and Prestige in Comics Studies with Chris Richardson. Singer is Associate Professor of English at Howard University in Washington DC, where he studies twentieth and twenty-first-century American literature, with interests in contemporary fiction, comics, and film. He is the author of Breaking the Frames: Populism and Prestige in Comics Studies (Univ. of Texas Press, 2018) and Grant Morrison: Combining the Worlds of Contemporary Comics (Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2012) and the editor, with Nels Pearson, of Detective Fiction in a Postcolonial and Transnational World (Ashgate, 2009).
Catherine A Sanderson: Why We Act
Catherine A Sanderson discusses her book Why We Act: Turning Bystanders into Moral Rebels with Chris Richardson. Sanderson is the Manwell Family Professor of Life Sciences (Psychology at Amherst College. She received a bachelor's degree in psychology, with a specialization in Health and Development, from Stanford University, and received both masters and doctoral degrees in psychology from Princeton University. Her research has received grant funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health. Professor Sanderson has published over 25 journal articles and book chapters in addition to four college textbooks, middle school and high school health textbooks, and trade books on parenting as well as how mindset influences happiness, health, and even how long we live (The Positive Shift). In 2012, she was named one of the country's top 300 professors by the Princeton Review.
Arthur I Miller: The Artist in the Machine
Arthur I. Miller discusses his book The Artist in the Machine: The World of AI-Powered Creativity with Chris Richardson. Miller is fascinated by the nature of creative thinking. He has published many critically acclaimed books, including Insights of Genius; Einstein, Picasso (shortlisted for a Pulitzer); Empire of the Stars (shortlisted for the Aventis Prize); and 137. He writes for the Guardian, The New York Times, Wired magazine and Salon. He is professor emeritus of history and philosophy of science at University College London. An experienced broadcaster and lecturer, Miller has judged art competitions and curated exhibitions on art/science. His previous book, Colliding Worlds: How Cutting-Edge Science is Redefining Contemporary Art, tells how art, science and technology are fusing in the twenty-first century. The Artist in the Machine: The World of AI-Powered Creativity spins off the hundred-odd interviews Miller did with scientists on the cutting-edge of AI-created art, literature and music. It is the culmination of over three decades of work on creativity in humans and creativity in machines and is a tour of creativity in the age of machines. Far from being a dystopian account, it celebrates the creative possibilities of AI in the arts.
Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner: The Supervillain Reader
Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner discuss their book The Supervillain Reader with Chris Richardson. Peaslee is Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Journalism & Creative Media Industries. He holds a PhD in Mass Communication from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and his publications have focused on media-related tourism and festivals, superheroes and contemporary popular culture, documentary and feature film, and international communication. He is the co-editor of four volumes on various dimensions of comics, film, and television, and his work has appeared in journals such as Adaptation, Transformative Works & Cultures, Visual Communication Quarterly, Mass Communication and Society, and the International Journal of Communication. Originally from Milford, NH, he now calls Lubbock, TX home, and lives happily with his wife Kate and their three superhero kids, Coen, Hazel, and Nora.
Lochlann Jain: Things That Art
Lochlann Jain discusses Things That Art: A Graphic Menagerie of Enchanting Curiosity with Chris Richardson. Jain is an award-winning scholar and artist. Jain's work in the medical anthropology and the history of medicine and law has investigated how scientific research questions are framed and what factors are excluded. Jain is the author of three books. Most recently, a book of drawings, Things that Art (University of Toronto Press, 2019), reconsiders and interrupts the ways in which categories underpin knowledge systems and also aims to realize drawing as a useful and provocative method in the social sciences. Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us (UC Press: 2013) examines the ways in which institutions such as law, medicine, and the media have established ways of understanding, justifying, and carefully managing the social understanding of cancer. Injury (Princeton UP: 2006), analyzed the twentieth century emergence of tort law in the United States as a highly politicized and problematic form of regulating the design of mass-produced commodities in light of their propensity to injure na\u00efve consumers. The book analyzes the history of the way in which product design has encoded assumptions and biases that have impacted how injuries are distributed and subsequently understood in law. Jain is Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University and a Visiting Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at King' College London.
Liam Burke: The Superhero Symbol
Liam Burke discusses his co-edited book The Superhero Symbol: Media, Culture & Politics with Chris Richardson. Associate Professor Liam Burke is the discipline leader in Cinema and Screen Studies at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. Liam has published widely on comic books and adaptation, with his books including The Comic Book Film Adaptation: Exploring Modern Hollywood's Leading Genre, Superhero Movies, and the edited collection Fan Phenomena Batman. His most recent book, the edited collection The Superhero Symbol (with Ian Gordon and Angela Ndalianis), was published by Rutgers University Press in 2019. Liam is a chief investigator of the Australian Research Council funded project Superheroes & Me.
Ian Reilly: Media Hoaxing
Ian Reilly discusses his book Media Hoaxing: The Yes Men and Utopian Politics with Chris Richardson. Reilly is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University. Reilly's research explores the intersections of politics, humor, civic engagement, and media activism. His work has appeared in numerous publications and book collections; in 2012, he was awarded the Carl Bode Award for Outstanding Article published in the Journal of American Culture. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on humor, youth and media, Internet politics, visual communication, media criticism, telecommunications policy, and media history.
J. Hoberman: Make My Day
J. Hoberman discusses his book Make My Day: Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan with Chris Richardson. Hoberman's books include The Dream Life: Movies, Media, and the Mythology of the Sixties; An Army of Phantoms: American Movies and the Making of the Cold War; and Make My Day: Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan (all from The New Press). He has written for Artforum, the London Review of Books, The Nation, and the New York Review of Books. For over thirty years, he was a film critic for the Village Voice. He lives in New York.
Ethan Miller: Reimagining Livelihoods
Ethan Miller discusses his book Reimagining Livelihoods: Life Beyond Economy, Society, and Environment with Chris Richardson. Miller is an activist-scholar committed to co-creating resilient and liberatory forms of collective livelihood. He is an interdisciplinary lecturer teaching in politics, anthropology, and environmental studies at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, a board member of the Community Economies Institute, and has worked for the past twenty years with an array of grassroots organizing and popular education projects. Ethan lives at the Wild Mountain Cooperative (formerly JED Collective), a collective subsistence homestead, and works as an organizer for Land in Common community land trust, focused on land justice and cooperative forms of land tenure. His research and teaching focuses on solidarity economics and postcapitalist livelihood, intersections of economy and ecology and, most recently, land justice. His first book, Reimagining Livelihoods: Life Beyond Economy, Society, and Environment was released in March 2019 by the University of Minnesota Press.
Domino Renee Perez and Rachel González-Martin: Race and Cultural Practice in Popular Culture
Domino Renee Perez and Rachel González-Martin discuss their book Race and Cultural Practice in Popular Culture with Chris Richardson. Perez is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where she regularly teaches course in literature, film, popular culture, and cultural studies. Her book There Was a Woman: La Llorona from Folklore to Popular Culture examines one of the most famous figures in US/Mexican folklore, plotting her movement from post-conquest oral narratives into contemporary cultural productions. Perez has published two edited collections, as well as numerous book chapters and articles on topics ranging from film and Indigeneity in Mexican American studies to young adult fiction and folklore.
Marc Steinberg: The Platform Economy
Marc Steinberg discusses his book The Platform Economy: How Japan Transformed the Commercial Internet with Chris Richardson. Steinberg is Associate Professor of Film Studies at Concordia University, Montreal, and director of The Platform Lab (www.theplatformlab.com). He is the author of the award-winning books Anime's Media Mix: Franchising Toys and Characters in Japan (University of Minnesota Press, 2012) and its expanded Japanese translation Why is Japan a Media Mixing Nation? (Tokyo: Kadokawa, 2015), which historically situate the practices of media franchising or the media mix. His second monograph, The Platform Economy: How Japan Transformed the Commercial Internet (University of Minnesota Press, 2019), tracks the platform-led transformation of film, media, and Internet cultures. Offering a comparative study of platformization with a focus on Japan as the key site for global platformization, the book systematically examines the managerial, medial, and social impacts of platform theory and practice. He is the co-editor (with Alexander Zahlten) of Media Theory in Japan (Duke University Press, 2017), which traces the politics and parameters of media theorization in the Japanese context, as well as a special issue of Asiascape: Digital Asia on Regional Platforms.
Douglas Dowland: Weak Nationalisms
Douglas Dowland discusses his book Weak Nationalisms: Affect and Nonfiction in Postwar America with Chris Richardson. Dowland is Associate Professor of English at Ohio Northern University, where he was named Professor of the Year for 2018-2019 by its Getty College of Arts and Sciences. His research focuses primarily on the role of affect in American nonfiction. His book Weak Nationalisms is published by the University of Nebraska Press: he is working on a follow-up book on strong nationalisms. In addition to scholarship on John Steinbeck, Truman Capote, and J.D. Vance, his essays on the affects of higher education have been published in the Chronicle of Higher Education Review, Inside Higher Ed, and Times Higher Education. He has co-edited special issues of Literature Interpretation Theory (with Anna Ioanes) on violent feelings and a cluster of articles of Pedagogy (with Shawna Ross) on anxious pedagogies.
Jennifer E. Cobbina: Hands Up, Don't Shoot
Jennifer E. Cobbina discusses her book Hands Up, Don't Shoot: Why the Protests in Ferguson and Baltimore Matter, and How they Changed America with Chris Richardson. Cobbina is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. She received her PhD in criminal justice at the University of Missouri - St. Louis in 2009. Dr. Cobbina's areas of expertise center on police-community relations, youth violence, and concentrated neighborhood disadvantage, with a special focus on the experiences of minority youth and the impact of race, class, and gender on criminal justice practices. Her research also focuses on corrections, prisoner reentry and the understanding of recidivism and desistance from crime. Her mixed-methods qualitative and quantitative research predicts recidivism and desistance outcomes and also explores offenders' perceptions regarding how they manage reentry and integration back into the community. Her scholarship is centered on improving the reentry outcomes of individuals with a felony record and/or has been formerly incarcerated. Her goal is to produce research that is theoretically informed, empirically rich, and informs criminal justice policy and crime control practices. Dr. Cobbina's research has been published in a number of academic journals, including Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency, Criminal Justice & Behavior, British Journal of Criminology, and Journal of Crime and Justice.
David Fancy and Hans Skott-Myhre: Art as Revolt
David Fancy and Hans Skott-Myhre discuss their book Art as Revolt: Thinking Politics Through Immanent Aesthetics with Chris Richardson. Fancy is Professor of Dramatic Arts, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Brock University, in Niagara, Ontario. He received his doctoral training at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland working on questions around the ontology of stage presence and their intersection with postcoloniality in the work of playwright Bernard-Marie Koltès and director Patrice Chéreau. His research interests and current publishing deals with questions of ontology, immanence and performance, with a specific interest in immanence and performativity, immanence and performance training, and immanence and technology. Fancy has an extensive creative practice as a playwright and director. He has been awarded a Brock Chancellor's Chair for Excellence in Teaching, (2005-08, with Sue Spearey), as well as disABILITIES and Best Practices teaching awards. David served as Chair of Department from 2009-2012, Graduate Director of the MA in Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts (2013-16), and is an instructor with the PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities.
Marcus Gilroy-Ware: Filling the Void
Marcus Gilroy-Ware discusses his book Filling the Void: Emotion, Capitalism, and Social Media with Chris Richardson. Gilroy-Ware is a writer and theorist from London in the field of digital media, politics and critical theory. After years teaching journalism in London and working as a freelance media maker and communications strategist, Gilroy-Ware is now senior lecturer (equivalent to associate professor in the USA) in digital journalism at the University of the West of England and director of media advisory firm VSC Media. His second book After the Fact: Fake News, Global Elites and Information in the Age of Extremes will be out in August 2020.
Rachel Plotnick: Power Button
Rachel Plotnick discusses her book Power Button: A History of Pleasure, Panic, and The Politics of Pushing with Chris Richardson. Plotnick is an Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies in The Media School at Indiana University Bloomington. She received her PhD from the Media, Technology and Society program in the School of Communication at Northwestern University and her MA from Georgetown University in Communication, Culture and Technology. Her research and teaching focus on information, communication and media technologies from an historical and critical/cultural perspective. Specifically, Rachel's research agenda examines human-machine relations, particularly as they relate to interfaces. She investigates how these surfaces - from buttons and keys to dials and screens - play a role in the technological and social aspects of daily life. She takes interest in touch and haptics, studying how modes of input, tactility, and sensory engagement have changed over time. More about her research and teaching can be found at www.rachelplotnick.com.
Frederik Byrn Køhlert: Serial Selves
Frederik Byrn Køhlert discusses his book Serial Selves: Identity and Representation in Autobiographical Comics with Chris Richardson. Køhlert is Lecturer in Comics Studies and American Studies at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of Serial Selves: Identity and Representation in Autobiographical Comics (Rutgers University Press, 2019) and The Chicago Literary Experience: Writing the City, 1893-1953 (University of Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2011). He is also the series editor of Routledge Focus on Gender, Sexuality, and Comics Studies, the editor of A History of Chicago Literature (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press), the co-editor of a special issue of the journal SubStance on Comics and the Anarchist Imagination, and the course director for a new Master of Arts program in Comics Studies at the University of East Anglia, launching in September 2020.
Roger Koppl: Expert Failure
Roger Koppl discusses his book Expert Failure with Chris Richardson. Koppl is Professor of Finance in the Whitman School of Management of Syracuse University and a faculty fellow in the University's Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute. Koppl's work on forensic science reform has been featured in Forbes magazine, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Reason magazine, Slate, The Huffington Post, and other outlets. Koppl's Erdös number is 3.
Lawrence Grossberg: Under the Cover of Chaos
Lawrence Grossberg discusses his book Under the Cover of Chaos: Trump and the Battle for the American Right with Chris Richardson. Grossberg is the Morris Davis Distinguished Professor of Communication and Cultural Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (since 1994), and he has held additional appointments in American Studies, Anthropology and Geography. He studied at the University of Rochester (with Hayden White and Richard Taylor), the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (Birmingham, England, with Stuart Hall and Richard Hoggart) and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois (with James W. Carey) in 1976.
Ken Krimstein: The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt
Ken Krimstein discusses his book The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt--A Tyranny of Truth with Chris Richardson. Krimstein's recently published graphic novel/biography of Hannah Arendt has been named a finalist for the 2019 Society of Midland Author's Award, a finalist for the Jewish Book Council's 2018 National Jewish Book Awards, a finalist for the 2019 Chautauqua Literary Prize, one of the best graphic novels of the year by Forbes, and made the top ten lists of The Comics Journal. In addition, he has published cartoons in the New Yorker, Punch, the Wall Street Journal, and has written for New York Observer's New Yorker's Diary and McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Yankee Pot Roast, and Mr. Beller's Neighborhood. He is the author of Kvetch as Kvetch Can, and teaches at De Paul University. He lives in Evanston, Illinois. His website is Kenkrimstein.com
Kathleen Fitzpatrick: Generous Thinking
Kathleen Fitzpatrick discusses her book Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving The University with Chris Richardson. Fitzpatrick is Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English at Michigan State University. Prior to assuming this role in 2017, she served as Associate Executive Director and Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association. She is author of Generous Thinking: The University and the Public Good (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019), as well as Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy (NYU Press, 2011) and The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television (Vanderbilt University Press, 2006). She is project director of Humanities Commons, an open-access, open-source network serving more than 13,000 scholars and practitioners in the humanities.
Heather Ann Thompson: Blood in the Water
Heather Ann Thompson discusses her Pulitzer Prize-winning book Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy with Chris Richardson. Thompson is a historian at the University of Michigan. Blood in the Water has won the Bancroft Prize, Ridenhour Prize, the J. Willard Hurst Prize, the Public Information Award from the New York Bar Association, the Law and Literature Prize from the New York County Bar Association, the Media for a Just Society Award from the National Council for Crime and Delinquency, and more. It also received a rarely-given Honorable Mention for the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association and was long listed for the Cundill Prize in History, and was a finalist for the National Book Award as well as the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Thompson has appeared on over 25 television shows, including PBS Newshour, CBS Sunday Morning and the Daily Show, as well as on over 50 radio programs, including Sirius and NPR.
Jeff Ferrell: Drift
Jeff Ferrell discusses his book Drift: Illicit Mobility and Uncertain Knowledge with Chris Richardson. Ferrell is Professor of Sociology at Texas Christian University, USA, and Visiting Professor of Criminology at the University of Kent, UK. He is author of the books Crimes of Style, Tearing Down the Streets, Empire of Scrounge, and, with Keith Hayward and Jock Young, the first and second editions of Cultural Criminology: An Invitation, winner of the 2009 Distinguished Book Award from the American Society of Criminology's Division of International Criminology. He is co-editor of the books Cultural Criminology, Ethnography at the Edge, Making Trouble, Cultural Criminology Unleashed, and Cultural Criminology: Theories of Crime. Jeff Ferrell is founding and current editor of the New York University Press book series Alternative Criminology, and one of the founding editors of Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal, winner of the ALPSP 2006 Charlesworth Award for Best New Journal. In 1998 Ferrell received the Critical Criminologist of the Year Award from the American Society of Criminology's Division of Critical Criminology and Social Justice; in 2018 he received the Division's Lifetime Achievement Award. His latest book, Drift: Illicit Mobility and Uncertain Knowledge, is published with University of California Press.
Catherine M. Soussloff: Foucault On Painting
Catherine M. Soussloff discusses her book Foucault on Painting with Chris Richardson. Soussloff, Professor of Art History, Visual Art & Theory, University of British Columbia and Professor Emeritus, University of California, Santa Cruz is the author of Foucault on Painting (University of Minnesota Press) and editor of Foucault on the Arts and Letters: Perspectives for the Twenty-First Century (Rowman and Littlefield). In 2015, she was Visiting Lecturer at the Collège de France. She has published articles and books on Jewish identity and visual culture (Jewish Identity in Modern Art History, California), the historiography of art history, early modern art theory, and contemporary issues in art, art history, and performance. Soussloff has held fellowships from the Institut d'Histoire de l'Art (INHA), Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Getty Research Institute, and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. She is the author of The Absolute Artist: The Historiography of a Concept (Minnesota) and The Subject in Art: Portraiture and the Birth of the Modern (Duke). She was an editor of The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, 2nd edition (Oxford). Her work in progress includes the essay Artist in the World and a book on the bodily self in art and theory.
Andrew Ferguson: The Rise of Big Data Policing
Andrew Ferguson discusses his book The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement with Chris Richardson. Ferguson is a Professor of Law at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law. Ferguson teaches and writes about the intersection of technology and the criminal justice system. He is a national expert on predictive policing and the Fourth Amendment. His legal commentary has been featured in numerous media outlets, including CNN, NPR, The New York Times, The Economist, the Washington Post, USA Today, the ABA Journal, The Atlantic (digital), The Huffington Post, and other national and international newspapers, magazines, and media sites. He stars in the Welcome To Jury Duty Video in D.C. Superior Court seen by more than 30,000 DC citizens annually.
Aubrey Anable: Playing With Feelings
Aubrey Anable discusses her book Playing with Feelings: Video Games and Affect with Chris Richardson. Anable is an Assistant Professor in the School for Studies in Art and Culture at Carleton University in Ottawa. Aubrey's research examines digital aesthetics, video games, and virtual reality in conversation with feminist and queer theory. Her book Playing with Feelings: Video Games and Affect (University of Minnesota Press, 2018) provides an account of how video games compel us to play and why they constitute a contemporary structure of feeling emerging alongside the last sixty years of computerized living. She's an advisory editor for the journal Camera Obscura and is currently co-editing The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Visual Culture.
Brian Z. Tamanaha: A Realistic Theory of Law
Brian Z. Tamanaha discusses his book A Realistic Theory of Law with Chris Richardson. Tamanaha is the John S. Lehmann University Professor at Washington University. He has published nine monographs and dozens of articles and chapters on legal theory and law and society, he has delivered eight named lectures in the United States and abroad, and his work has been translated into ten languages. On a personal note, Tamanaha grew up in Hawaii and is a life-long surfer.
John Cheney-Lippold: We Are Data
John Cheney-Lippold discusses his book We Are Data: Algorithms and the Making of our Digital Selves with Chris Richardson. Cheney-Lippold is associate professor of American Culture and Digital Studies at the University of Michigan. He researches and writes on the intersection of power and technology, focusing on surveillance, identity, algorithms, and privacy.
Richard Deming: Art of the Ordinary
Richard Deming discusses his book Art of the Ordinary: The Everyday Domain of Art, Film, Literature, and Philosophy with Chris Richardson. Deming is a poet, art critic, and theorist whose work explores the intersections of poetry, philosophy, and visual culture. His collection of poems, Let's Not Call It Consequence (Shearsman, 2008), received the 2009 Norma Farber Award from the Poetry Society of America. His most recent book of poems, Day for Night, appeared in 2016. He is also the author of Listening on All Sides: Toward an Emersonian Ethics of Reading (Stanford UP, 2008), and Art of the Ordinary: The Everyday Domain of Art, Film, Literature, and Philosophy (Cornell UP, 2018). He contributes to such magazines as Artforum, Sight & Sound, and The Boston Review. His poems have appeared in such places as Iowa Review, Field, American Letters & Commentary, and The Nation. He teaches at Yale University where he is the Director of Creative Writing. Winner of the Berlin Prize, he was the Spring 2012 John P. Birkelund Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin.
Frances Guerin: The Truth Is Always Grey
Frances Guerin discusses her book The Truth is Always Grey: A History of Modernist Painting with Chris Richardson. Guerin is an academic and a writer. She teaches Film and Art History at the University of Kent in Paris and Canterbury. Her academic work focuses on the relationship between visual culture and the historical world of its production, exhibition, and reception. Her work asks questions such as: How and where do images represent the world? How do people engage with various art forms and how can we describe this aesthetic experience? How do these images negotiate their social reality? What is the value of modernist art both for academics and ordinary people today? Her most recent book, The Truth is Always Grey: A History of Modernist Painting argues that grey is a dynamic and complex color in the world and on the canvas. The book was funded by a Leverhulme Fellowship (2013-2014). It was awarded a Millard Miess publication prize (2016) by the College Art Association.
Ryan Jenkins & Keith Abney: Robot Ethics 2.0
Ryan Jenkins and Keith Abney discuss their book Robot Ethics 2.0: From Autonomous Cars to Artificial Intelligence (co-edited with Patrick Lin) with Chris Richardson. Jenkins is an assistant professor of philosophy and a senior fellow at the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He studies the ethics of emerging technologies, especially automation, cyber war, autonomous weapons, and driverless cars. His work has appeared in journals such as Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, and the Journal of Military Ethics, as well as public fora including the Washington Post, Slate and Forbes.
Gary Hall: Pirate Philosophy
Gary Hall discusses his book Pirate Philosophy: For a Digital Posthumanities with Chris Richardson. Hall is Professor of Media and Performing Arts in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at Coventry University, UK, where he directs the Centre for Postdigital Cultures, and its research studio The Post Office. Recent publications include The Inhumanist Manifesto (Techne Lab, 2017) and The Uberfication of the University (Minnesota UP, 2016). In 1999, he co-founded the critical theory journal Culture Machine, an early champion of open access in the humanities. In 2006 he co-founded Open Humanities Press, the first open access publishing house explicitly dedicated to critical and cultural theory.
Jarrett Zigon: Disappointment
Jarrett Zigon discusses his book Disappointment: Toward a Critical Hermeneutics of Worldbuilding with Chris Richardson. Zigon is the Porterfield Chair of Bioethics and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Virginia. His interests include the anthropology of moralities and ethics; the intertwining of humans, worlds and situations; political activity and theory; the intersection of anthropology and philosophy; the drug war; artificial intelligence and ethics; and data ethics. These interests are taken up from the perspective of an anthropology strongly influenced by post-Heideggerian continental philosophy and critical theory, the theoretical articulation of which he names critical hermeneutics. His latest book, A War on People: Drug User Politics and a New Ethics of Community (2019), is an ethnographically-informed critical hermeneutic exploration of how the anti-drug war movement is politically building new worlds and creating a new ethics of community through the enactment of freedom as letting-be and attuned care. Disappointment (2018) addresses the ethical, political and ontological grounds of the disappointment many feel today, offering an alternative vision of what a future could be and how to achieve it. He is the author of several other books: Morality: An Anthropological Perspective (2008), Making the New Post-Soviet Person: Narratives of Moral Experience in Contemporary Moscow (2010), and HIV is God's Blessing: Rehabilitating Morality in Neoliberal Russia (2011), and edited a volume titled, Multiple Moralities and Religion in Contemporary Russia (2011)
Joy Lisi Rankin: A People's History of Computing in the United States
Joy Lisi Rankin discusses her book A People's History of Computing in the United States with Chris Richardson. When a new acquaintance recently asked Rankin how long she had been a writer, she says that her answer surprised them both. I responded, without much thought, 'Oh, since fifth grade.' She chuckled with a hint of disbelief, and I paused, struck by the honesty and earnestness of my response. Dorothy Gombas, my fifth-grade teacher, nurtured and encouraged my writing. She submitted it for publication, for awards. Most importantly, she convinced me that dedication to writing - and to learning - was worthwhile.
Nick Sousanis: Unflattening
Nick Sousanis discusses his book Unflattening with Chris Richardson. Sousanis is an Eisner-winning comics author and an assistant professor in Humanities & Liberal Studies at San Francisco State University, where he is starting an interdisciplinary Comics Studies program. He is the author of Unflattening, originally his doctoral dissertation, which he wrote and drew entirely in comics form. Published by Harvard University Press in 2015, Unflattening received the 2016 American Publishers Association Humanities award for Scholarly Excellence and the 2016 Lynd Ward prize for Best Graphic Novel. Sousanis's comics have appeared in Nature, The Boston Globe, and Columbia Magazine. More at www.spinweaveandcut.com
Karmen MacKendrick: Failing Desire
Karmen MacKendrick discusses her book Failing Desire with Chris Richardson. MacKendrick is a professor of philosophy at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. In several books, she has tended to work among the disciplines of philosophy, theology, literary theory, and cultural studies, and has finally learned to let other people decide how they want to label her work instead of trying to sort it out herself. She is perpetually fascinated with language, bodies, desires, and edges or limits; these keep coming up no matter what else she thought she was working on.
Ed Finn: What Algorithms Want
Ed Finn discusses his book What Algorithms Want with Chris Richardson. Finn is the founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University where he is an associate professor in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the Department of English. He also serves as the academic director of Future Tense, a partnership between ASU, New America and Slate Magazine, and a co-director of Emerge, an annual festival of art, ideas and the future. Ed's research and teaching explore digital narratives, creative collaboration, and the intersection of the humanities, arts and sciences. He is the author of What Algorithms Want: Imagination in the Age of Computing (MIT Press, spring 2017) and co-editor of Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers and Creators of All Kinds (MIT Press, spring 2017) and Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future (William Morrow, 2014). He completed his PhD in English and American Literature at Stanford University in 2011 and his bachelor's degree at Princeton University in 2002. Before graduate school, Ed worked as a journalist at Time, Slate, and Popular Science.
Deborah Elizabeth Whaley: Black Women in Sequence
Deborah Elizabeth Whaley discusses her book Black Women in Sequence: Re-inking Comics, Graphic Novels, and Anime with Chris Richardson. Whaley is an artist, curator, and writer. She is currently Senior Scholar for Digital Arts and Humanities Research for the Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio (DSPS) and Professor of American and African American Studies at the University of Iowa. As senior scholar and as an ambassador for DSPS, she collaborates with faculty, students, and staff who produce or engage with digital scholarship, research, and new media technologies and pedagogy.
Laurent de Sutter: Narcocapitalism
Laurent de Sutter discusses his book Narcocapitalism with Chris Richardson. De Sutter is Professor of Legal Theory at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is the author of a dozen books translated into several languages, and dedicated to the endless exploration of the possibilities of thought outside philosophy. He is the editor of the "Theory Redux" series at Polity Press, and the "Perspectives Critiques" series at Presses Universitaires de France. Besides his academic and publishing career, he is very active in contemporary media and cultural life as a curator of many public events or as a columnist for major newspapers and radio shows. He has often been featured in the top 100 of cultural personalities of the year by various French magazines.
Meredith Broussard: Artificial Unintelligence
Meredith Broussard discusses her book Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World with Chris Richardson. Broussard is an assistant professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University. Her current research focuses on artificial intelligence in investigative reporting, with a particular interest in using data analysis for social good. A former features editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, she has also worked as a software developer at AT&T Bell Labs and the MIT Media Lab. Her features and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, Harper's, Slate, and other outlets. She holds a BA from Harvard University and an MFA from Columbia University. Follow her on Twitter @merbroussard or contact her via meredithbroussard.com.
Martin Erwig: Once Upon an Algorithm
Martin Erwig discusses his book Once Upon an Algorithm: How Stories Explain Computing with Chris Richardson. Erwig is Professor of Computer Science at Oregon State University. His teaching and research is focused on programming languages and explainable computing. He studied computer science at the University of Dortmund, Germany, and completed his PhD and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Hagen, Germany, before moving to Oregon in 2000. His book Once Upon an Algorithm: How Stories Explain Computing emphasizes the general nature of computation and the wide applicability of computer science. It identifies computation in everyday activities and explains corresponding computer science concepts through popular stories. The book has won the 2017 American Book Fest Best Book Award in the category Education/Academic, and it has received an Honorable Mention from the 2018 PROSE Awards.
Jeff Scheible: Digital Shift
Jeff Scheible discusses his book Digital Shift: The Cultural Logic of Punctuation with Chris Richardson. Scheible is a Lecturer in Film Studies at King's College London. Digital Shift received the Media Ecology Association's Susanne K. Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Symbolic Form in 2016. His writing has appeared in Film Quarterly, American Literature, Canadian Journal of Film Studies, and other books and journals.
Heather Laine Talley: Saving Face
Heather Laine Talley discusses her book Saving Face: Disfigurement and Politics of Appearance with Chris Richardson. Talley is a writer and sociologist. Her articles on topics as diverse as feminism, romance, food, inequalities, and philanthropy have appeared in books, academic journals, and across the digital world. In 2014, Saving Face was awarded Best Body and Embodiment Publication by the American Sociological Association. After five years on the tenure track, she opted out to collaborate with non-profit organizations and social enterprises invested in thinking outside of the box. She is currently the Co-Director of Social Justice Education and Community Engagement at the Tzedek Social Justice Fellowship, based in Asheville, NC.
Alfie Bown: The PlayStation Dreamworld
Alfie Bown discusses his book The Playstation Dreamworld with Chris Richardson. Bown is an assistant professor of literature and author of three books on psychoanalysis with Zero, Polity, and Bloomsbury. He also writes for The Guardian, The Paris Review, and other places.
Ramzi Fawaz: The New Mutants
Ramzi Fawaz discusses his book The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics with Chris Richardson. Fawaz is assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The New Mutants won the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies Fellowship Award for best first book manuscript in LGBT Studies and the 2017 ASAP Book Prize of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present. His work has been published in numerous journals including American Literature, GLQ, Feminist Studies, Callaloo, and Feminist Review. He is currently co-editing a special issue of American Literature with Darieck Scott titled "Queer About Comics," and co-editing Keywords in Comics Studies with Deborah Whaley and Shelley Streeby for NYU Press. His new book Queer Forms, explores the relationship between feminist and queer politics and formal innovation in the art and culture of movements for women's and gay liberation. Queer Forms will be published by NYU Press.
Nick Hewlett: Blood and Progress
Nick Hewlett discusses his book Blood and Progress: Violence in Pursuit of Emancipation with Chris Richardson. Hewlett is Professor of French Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. He is author of various books, including: Badiou, Balibar, Rancière. Re-thinking Emancipation (2007); The Sarkozy Phenomenon (2011); and Blood and Progress. Violence in Pursuit of Emancipation (2016).
Nancy Wang Yuen: Reel Inequality
Nancy Wang Yuen discusses her book Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism with Chris Richardson. She is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Sociology Department at Biola University. She is the author of Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism (2016), the first book to examine the barriers actors of color face in Hollywood and how they creatively challenge stereotypes. Along with a team of researchers, she pioneered the first study of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on television (2005/2006) and the 2017 study, Tokens on the Small Screen: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Prime Time and Streaming Television. Dr. Yuen is an expert speaker on race and media, appearing on BBC World TV, NPR and The Washington Post.
Amy Allen: The End of Progress
Amy Allen discusses her book The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory with Chris Richardson. She is Liberal Arts Professor of Philosophy and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Head of the Philosophy Department at Penn State University. Allen is the author of The Power of Feminist Theory: Domination, Resistance, Solidarity; The Politics of Our Selves: Power, Autonomy, and Gender in Contemporary Critical Theory; and The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory. She is also co-editor in chief of Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory and general editor of the Columbia University Press book series New Directions in Critical Theory.
Chuck Tryon: On-Demand Culture
Chuck Tryon discusses his book On-Demand Culture: Digital Delivery and the Future of Movies with Chris Richardson. He is a professor of film and media studies at Fayetteville State University and the author of three books: Political TV (Routledge, 2016), On-Demand Culture: Digital Delivery and the Future of Movies (Rutgers University Press, 2013) and Reinventing Cinema: Movies in the Age of Media Convergence (Rutgers University Press 2009). He has also published in academic journals including Screen, Popular Communication, and The Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, as well as Vox, The Week, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Alexis Shotwell: Against Purity
Alexis Shotwell discusses her book Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times with Chris Richardson. Shotwell is an associate professor at Carleton University, on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory. Her political work focuses on queer liberation, Indigenous solidarity and decolonization, and feminist community education. She is the author of Knowing Otherwise: Race, Gender, and Implicit Understanding (Penn State Press, 2011) and Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times (Minnesota University Press, 2016). She has published in Signs, Hypatia, The International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics and Sociological Theory. Her academic work addresses racial formation, disability, unspeakable and unspoken knowledge, sexuality, gender, and political transformation.
Jamie Carlin Watson: Winning Votes by Abusing Reason
Jamie Carlin Watson discusses his book Winning Votes by Abusing Reason: Responsible Belief and Political Rhetoric with Chris Richardson. Dr. Watson is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Broward College in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences His primary research is on expertise, especially in the contexts of politics and medicine. His most recent book is Winning Votes by Abusing Reason: Responsible Belief and Political Rhetoric (Lexington Books, 2017). He is also co-author of The Critical Thinking Toolkit (Wiley-Blackwell, 2017) and Critical Thinking: An Introduction to Reasoning Well, 2nd ed. (Bloomsbury, 2015).
Hans Skott-Myhre: Youth and Subculture as Creative Force
Hans Skott-Myhre discusses his book Youth and Subculture as Creative Force: Creating New Spaces for Radical Youth Work with Chris Richardson. Skott-Myhre is a Professor in the Social Work and Human Services Department at Kennesaw State University. His undergraduate work was in comparative literature and he holds a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology, both from the University of Washington. His doctoral work includes two Ph.D.'s from the University of Minnesota. The first is in Adult Education and a second from the Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature Department in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society. Research interests include radical and political approaches to youth/adult relations, subcultures, critical disability studies and anti-psychiatry, post-capitalist subjectivity, post-Marxist politics, undoing whiteness, and political readings of popular culture.
Nicholas Greco: David Bowie in Darkness
Nicholas Greco discusses his book David Bowie in Darkness: A Study of 1. Outside and the Late Career with Chris Richardson. Greco is Associate Professor of Communications and Media at Providence University College in Otterburne, Manitoba. Dr. Greco's doctoral dissertation explored the enigmatic star image and the nature of fan desire in the case of British singer Morrissey. He is interested in the nature of celebrity, the construction of masculinity and the sacramental nature of the televisual work of Joss Whedon. His latest book is called David Bowie in Darkness: A Study of 1. Outside and the Late Career (published by McFarland and Company in 2015). He lives in Southern Manitoba with his wife and daughter.