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On this page you can find a record of all the Moveable Type podcast episodes that are currently available online via UCL Minds, Spotify, Apple Play and SoundCloud.

Episode 7: In Conversation with Merve Emre 

As part of this event, Merve Emre will be interviewed by our Editor-in-Chief, Sarah Edwards, who is a PhD candidate at UCL studying contemporary feminist essays. The interview will focus on Emre's upcoming book titled Post-Discipline: Literature, Professionlism, and the Crisis of the Humanities, and the recent publication of The Annotated Mrs Dalloway (2021). 

The full episode can be found here: 

The transcript can be found here

Episode 6: Environmental Humanities: Roundtable

What is environmental humanities? How are scholars reconsidering our approach to the natural world, and where can you go to learn more? In the second of a two-part episode on the environmental humanities, host Roxana talks to Kate Rigby, Christine Okoth and Peter Riley – three academics who approach environmental concepts from very different perspectives in their work. They discuss the difficulties of thinking about the future, postcolonial approaches to ecocriticism and the political problems of 'pure' nature. 

Kate Rigby is Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Environmental Humanities at University of Cologne, where she directs the centre for Multidisciplinary Environmental Studies in the Humanities. A well established figure in the environmental humanities, her most recent monograph, Reclaiming Romanticism: Towards an Ecopoetics of Decolonization (2020) reconsiders the ecopoetic legacies of British Romanticism through a decolonial lens. 

Christine Okoth is Lecturer in Literature and Cultures of the Black Atlantic at King’s College London. Having recently completed a position as Research Fellow in the English Department at the University of Warwick, she is currently writing a book about ecology, extraction, and contemporary literature.

Peter Riley is Associate Professor in Poetry and Poetics at Durham University. His recent book, Strandings: Confessions of a Whale Scavenger (2022), won the Ideas Prize for non-fiction. He is currently editing Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass for the Oxford World's Classics series (forthcoming 2022), and his academic research examines nineteenth through twentieth century poetry in relation to labour history, Marxism, and archival studies.

The podcast can be found here
The transcript can be found here

 

Episode 5: Environmental Humanities: Anthropocene Unconscious

In the first of a two-part episode on the Environmental Humanities, host Roxana talks with Prof. Mark Bould about climate change subtexts, Sharknado, and the utopian potential of speculative fiction. 

Mark Bould is Professor of Film and Literature at UWE Bristol and author of The Anthropocene Unconscious: Climate Catastrophe Culture (Verso, 2021). In 2016 he was awarded the SFRA Pilgrim Lifetime Achievement Award for Critical Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy

Date of episode recording: 

Duration: 01:10:50

Language of episode: English

Presenter: Roxana Toloza Chacon

Guests: Mark Bould

Producer: Anna De Vivo; Damian Walsh; Editor: Daniel Lewis

Music: Oscar Wilkins

 

Listen to the full podcast here

Access the full transcript here

 

 

 

Episode 4: Moveable Type Series 1 - LGBTQ+ History Month Part 2: queer histories of contestation

In the second of a two-part feature recorded for LGBTQ+ History Month, presenter Roxie talks to Juliet Jacques, writer, journalist and author of Trans: A Memoir about her 2021 short-story collection Variations and the politics of representing trans history. She also speaks to Ben Miller, historian, writer and co-host of the Bad Gays podcast about complicating conventional queer histories as well as his research into the colonial legacy of queer representation.

 

For more information on UCL’s recent decision to cut ties with Stonewall: https://thetab.com/uk/london/2022/01/21/vindictive-and-insensitive-stude...

 

Petition calling for UCL to rejoin the scheme: https://www.change.org/p/ucl-ucl-staff-students-alumni-ask-ucl-to-rejoin...

 

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the individuals and do not necessarily reflect the official policies, views or positions of any institutions with which they are affiliated.

 

Date of episode recording: 2022-02-16

Duration: 01:10:50

Language of episode: English

Presenter: Roxana Toloza Chacon

Guests: Juliet Jacques; Ben Miller

Producer: Anna De Vivo; Damian Walsh; Editor: Daniel Lewis

Music: Oscar Wilkins

 

You can read the full transcript here.

You can listen to the full podcast here.  

Episode 3: LGBTQ+ History Month: flatness, normatively and trans mental health

In the first of a two-part feature celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month, our presenter Roxana speaks to Dr Noreen Masud, BBC New Generation Thinker and Lecturer at the University of Bristol, about her work on flatness, negative affect, and the aphorism, and how each might help us resist heteronormativity. She also speaks to Talen Wright, PhD student at UCL Division of Psychiatry, about her research into trans mental health, microaggressions and microaffirmation. Both guests also discuss UCL’s recent decision to cut ties with Stonewall, and the ramifications of this decision on trans safety and academic freedom within the university and society more broadly.

 

For more information on UCL’s recent decision to cut ties with Stonewall: https://thetab.com/uk/london/2022/01/21/vindictive-and-insensitive-stude... https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/dec/21/ucl-becomes-first-univ...

 

Petition calling for UCL to re-join the scheme: https://www.change.org/p/ucl-ucl-staff-students-alumni-ask-ucl-to-rejoin...

 

For more information on Talen Wright’s study, and to take part, see Twitter @TransMMH and: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychiatry/research/epidemiology-and-applied-clini...

 

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the individuals and do not necessarily reflect the official policies, views or positions of any institutions with which they are affiliated.

 

For more information and to access the transcript: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/moveable-type/moveable-type-podcast-lgbtq-history-...

 

Date of episode recording: 2022-02-09

Duration: 01:00:23

Language of episode: English

Presenter: Roxana Toloza Chacon

Guests: Dr Noreen Masud; Talen Wright

Producer: Anna De Vivo; Damian Walsh

Music: Oscar Wilkins

Sound Editor: Daniel Lewis

You can read the full transcript here

You ca listen to the full podcast here

 

Episode 2

In this first episode of 2022, host Roxana Toloza Chacon talks to Emma Cavell, Daniel Lewis, Joshua Lok, and Jake Wiseman, four PhD students from the UCL English Department, to discuss Muriel Spark’s crusade against ‘received wisdom’, the anxieties of Biblical translation, and going beyond ‘literature in English’. We’ll also meet the team behind the Moveable Type podcast and hear from Editor-in-Chief Sarah Edwards about the journal’s upcoming Call for Papers on the topic of ‘Unfeeling’ (deadline 22nd February).

Date of episode recording: 2022-01-14
Duration: 00:55:46
Language of episode: English
Presenter: Roxana Toloza Chacon
Guests: Will Burns, Emma Cavell, Anna De Vivo, Sarah Edwards, Daniel Lewis, Joshua Lok, Damian Walsh, Jake Wiseman
Producer: Damian Walsh
Sound Editor: Daniel Lewis
Music: O.G. Wilkins

Listen to the full episode here

The transcript for this episode can be found here

Episode 1

How do texts reflect their surrounding environment? How thin really is the boundary between word and the world, and what creative possibilities emerge when our 'eyes stray from the page'?

 

Join us to discuss 'Ambience', our latest issue of Moveable Type, featuring interviews with our editors, Q&As with this issue's article writers, poetry readings and 30-Second Book Reviews. This podcast is presented by William Burns and Damian Walsh. It features Sarah Edwards, Will Fleming, Sarah Chambre, Miriam Helmers, Zoe Rucker, Elisa Sabbadin, David Prescott-Steed and K.V.K. Kvas, and was produced by Hugo Chambre.

 

Listen via Apple Podcasts 

You can read the 'Ambience' issue and access the transcript here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/moveable-type/ambience

 

Date of episode recording: 2021-10-19T00:00:00Z

Duration: 00:54:03

Language of episode: English

Presenter: William Burns; Damian Walsh

Guests: Sarah Edwards; Will Fleming; Sarah Chambre; Miriam Helmers; Zoe Rucker; Elisa Sabbadin; David Prescott-Steed; K.V.K. Kvas

Producer: Sarah Edwards 

Sound Editor: Hugo Chambre

Music by Oscar G Wilkins