100th Episode: Public Humanities

Saronik Bosu talks about humanities work engaging diverse communities and publics, misconceptions about what the ‘public’ in public humanities might mean as well as the recent attention paid to it by academic departments. In a longer version of the conversation, some individual instances of various digital humanities and archival projects are discussed. Here he speaks mainly from the perspective of his own work as a humanities podcaster and creator of humanities programming.

Saronik Bosu is a doctoral candidate at the Department of English, New York University. He researches literary rhetoric and economic thought in contexts of decolonization. He is co-host of this podcast and the 2022-23 NYU-Mellon Public Humanities Doctoral Fellow. His work has appeared on journals like Interventions and Movable Type, as well as Avidly and Post45. He also makes art and works together its integration with scholarship.

Image: © 2022 Saronik Bosu

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High Theory Relaunch!

We are so excited to partner up with the New Books Network! Fret not, our episodes, as always will be available here on this website, and on our regular feeds wherever you go to get your podcasts! We will be relaunching our entire catalog of episodes between April and July, 2022. Rediscover your favorites and return again in August for fresh episodes of High Theory! You can listen to the relaunch here: High Theory on the New Books Network.

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Welcome to High Theory!

High Theory is a podcast in which we get high on the substance of theory.  And we ask the three standard questions, to each other, and our guests.  We invite you to listen and learn, and think critically!

This podcast comes at difficult ideas from the academy with irreverence. Wikipedia says that “critical theory” is “the reflective assessment and critique of society and culture in order to reveal and challenge power structures,” which suggests a rather serious subject, but we think theory is hardly dense and somber and sober.  In these times, we need to love, and finding the buzz of curiosity and delight in critical thinking, we want to bring that joy to you.  

We aim to distill some solid points from our ramblings. We are looking at theory differently, and making pretty wild connections. Like maybe having and loving a dog will make you a better activist. Or hating on Humbert Humbert might help you sift through fake news. If you have an idea you would like us to talk about, let us know!

You can subscribe on Spotify, iTunes, Patreon, or wherever you get your podcast fix. You can also find us right here at hightheory.net.

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