Season 1 Episodes

Episode 4: Representations

I hope everyone is staying as safe as possible during this global pandemic. This episode’s main focus is on media representations and how they are more complicated than just the reflections of subjects. This is primarily because the more we home in on a subject, the more we see the many multifaceted ways that subjects exist in dialogue with their surroundings. The dynamic potential of subjects is often reduced by way of how they are mediated, since there is no one fixed subjective reality, which reveals that recognizing the power over that mediation is crucial to understanding how subjects are constituted in society. Along the way, we’ll talk about the unraveling of the global pandemic and highlight with music from fónes.

Sources and recommended readings

Transcript for today’s episode

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Season 1 Episodes

Episode 3: Queering Subjectivities

Welcome to our third episode! This episode’s main focus continues the conversation of media narrative analysis from episode 2, focusing on the internal negotiation of subjectivity and the process of reading and engaging with subjects. Primarily I confront narrative simplifications. Narrative simplifications of subjects are the mediated frameworks that can enforce hegemonic, linear, and binary presumptions of existence as subjective points of reference. Queering subjectivities dismantles these presumptions. 

Also today, I highlight a band from Seattle, NAVVI, who released an EP and album this past August, and I briefly introduce #QueerCinemaForPalestine, the group spearheading the boycott of this year’s TLVFest. 

Sources and recommended readings


Today’s retrospect: “#QueerCinemaForPalestine” 

Queer Cinema for Palestine

“10 Queer Arab films to watch during pride month”

“The Palestinian Exception to Free Speech”

Today’s Highlight: “NAVVI from Seattle” 

NAVVI on bandcamp

NAVVI on Soundcloud

NAVVI on Twitter

Today’s main focus: “Queering Subjectivities”

Randall Amster. 2012. Anarchism Today

Walter Benjamin. 1936. “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.”

Jonathan Ned Katz. 1997. “The Invention of Heterosexuality.”

Eli Manning. 2009. “A Queer Disruption to Methodology.”

Philip K. Dick. 1978. “How to Build a Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart in Two Days.”

Season 1 Episodes

Episode 2: Chronotopes and Media

Our second episode’s main focus centers around media analysis, particularly the type of analysis that facilitates a more diverse approach toward understanding and framing media subjects within various narratives. To that end, I explore the concept of the “chronotope,” offering some origins, definitions, and uses of the term, qualifying its use in media narratives and offering a contrasting comparison with the concept of the “archetype,” which is somewhat more popularized in global literature and media conversations. This analytical deep dive gets to the heart of how I approach media study. 

Along the way, I highlight a band from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Strange New Places, who released an EP this past October, and I briefly discuss #WetsuwetenStrong, recent settler colonial mistreatment of Indigenous rights and sovereignty, and misrepresentation of Indigenous people and current politics as visible in media. 

Sources and recommended readings


Today’s retrospect: “#WetsuwetenStrong and Indigenous Sovereignty” 

Real Peoples Media and #TyendinagaStrong: 

Red Braid Alliance for Decolonialism and Socialism: 

The Intercept, Article on Recent Wet’suwet’en resistance: 

Indigenous Youth in Support of Wetsuweten Hereditary Chiefs:  

Today’s Highlight: “Music and Human Rights in Northern Ireland: Strange New Places.” 

Strange New Places on bandcamp: 

A recent Guardian article about music and human rights in Northern Ireland:  

Today’s main focus: “Chronotopes in Media, Chronotopes, Archetypes, and Frames” 

Bakhtin’s Theory of the Literary Chronotope: 

“Intersectionality and Chronotopes”: 

Kimberle Crenshaw, “What is Intersectionality”: 

Kimberle Crenshaw, “Intersectionality is not Identity”: Russel Brand on Hot Ones: