The Seasoned Migrant Podcast
Turkish Dramas: Politics in Popular Television

Turkish Dramas: Politics in Popular Television

December 9, 2020

This week, we look at the worldwide popularity of Turkish television dramas, and the way they have interacted with the geopolitics of the Middle East.

With us on this episode is Yasemin Celikkol, researcher at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication.

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Urbanism: Mapping the Soul of our Cities

Urbanism: Mapping the Soul of our Cities

December 2, 2020

This week, we're exploring the built environments around us by investigating the tensions between city-planning and the organic, unplanned life of their inhabitants.

With us on this episode is Witold Rybczynski, Professor Emeritus of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Science Fiction: The Social Realities of Imagined Worlds

Science Fiction: The Social Realities of Imagined Worlds

November 25, 2020

This week, we're looking at science-fiction, its intersections with colonialism, and the exciting ways in which the genre is being pushed forward by Afrofuturists.

With us on this episode is John Rieder (Author, ‘Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction’) and Ytasha Womack (Filmmaker, novelist and the author behind ‘Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture’).

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Chinatown: Food, Migration and Hybrid Spaces

Chinatown: Food, Migration and Hybrid Spaces

November 4, 2020

In this episode, we look at the restaurant culture of 18th Century China, how Chinese-American cuisine has developed over time, and how this has been interwoven with the politics of migration in America.

With us on this episode is Andrew Coe, scholar of culinary history and author of ‘Chop Suey: a Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States’

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Beauty Pageants: Constructions and Deconstructions of Womanhood

Beauty Pageants: Constructions and Deconstructions of Womanhood

October 28, 2020

In this episode, we unpack the ways in which beauty pageants in the United States and Nigeria have been sites for contesting ideas of womanhood and national identity.

With us on this episode are Margot Mifflin (Professor of English at Lehman College - CUNY), Kemi Balogun (Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Sociology, University of Oregon) and Zehra Abukar (Miss Muslimah 2020).

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K-Pop: Cultural Power and Post-Colonialism in Popular Music

K-Pop: Cultural Power and Post-Colonialism in Popular Music

October 21, 2020

In this episode, we talk about the foreign influences that shaped Korean popular music and how the scene evolved into the global phenomenon of K-Pop. To round it all off, we look at what this all means for the way cultural power is mapped between countries.

With us on this episode is Dr. Hyeri Jung, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Eastern University.

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Literature & Empire: An Interview with Gauri Viswanathan

Literature & Empire: An Interview with Gauri Viswanathan

October 14, 2020

Welcome back to Season Two of the Seasoned Migrant podcast! In this episode, we look at the origins of the study of English literature and it’s strong and unexpected connections to the colonial agenda of British India. With us on this episode is Gauri Viswanathan, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and author of ‘Masks of Conquest’.

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Muhammad Ali: Boxer, Activist, and Icon

Muhammad Ali: Boxer, Activist, and Icon

August 26, 2020
In this episode, we look at the impact Muhammad Ali had on shaping the course of social history: from his conversion to Islam and changing his name, to refusing to fight in the Vietnam War, Ali stood against an oppressive and racist status quo in each one of these actions. We look at the impact his life had on not just America, but on people all around the world.
 
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Memes: Folklore of the Digital World

Memes: Folklore of the Digital World

August 19, 2020

In this episode, we look at memes as a cultural phenomenon. We look at their origins, what makes them so special, and chat with Gabriele de Seta about the different meanings memes take on as they move from country to country. 

 

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Curry: The Social History of a Globalized Dish

Curry: The Social History of a Globalized Dish

August 12, 2020

In this episode, we talk about the global story of South Asian food. Its ingredients and recipes traveled far and wide to make the cuisine what it is today -- join us as we discuss the origins of various dishes, how the first Indian restaurants in the West came to be, and how this journey changed migrants’ relationship to food.

 

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