This week, the Atlantic Studies Podcasts of Note blog offers numerous episodes for scholars facing both the depths of research and the delights of summer teaching. This week, episodes focus on nativism, aesthetics, emancipation, faith, and literature.
The state of constant crisis continues into what many are hopefully calling vaccine summer, with Delta as the new material force to pattern a frightening discourse. The various discussions on such potential disasters within late capitalism repeat, creating many wide-ranging understandings of possible threats. With broad vacillation concerning the many current discourses on public health, it remains often unclear what the dangers of Delta pose in diverse global spaces presently including different levels of vaccination.
The Superstructure manifests blinding alienation from the material world, whereby the sense of crisis is maintained through the inability of discourse to set standards of what constitutes a threat within worldly spaces. The alienation from materiality caused by intensifying lack of social agreement, or the absence of any accord within the media, also establishes further abstraction from pandemic reality. Understanding the possible harm of a crisis, whether medical, environmental, or economic, becomes instantly complicated when discourses on disaster are often used to create profit, as the language of catastrophe is incentivized to accelerate.
Be strong in the abnormal.
Wear Masks (Double). Wash Hands (Often). Get the Shots When You Can. Keep Distance.
Atlantic Studies Podcasts of Note:
1) Age of Jackson Podcast – “Nativists, Catholics, and Citizen-Soldiers in the Philadelphia 1844 Riots” – Zachary M. Schrag
2) History of Africana Philosophy – “Freedom Through Art” – Alain Locke
3) Ben Franklin’s World – “On Juneteenth” – Annette Gordon-Reed
4) New Books Network – Katherine Carté – Religion and the American Revolution: An Imperial History
5) New Books Network - Kristina Bross and Abram Van Engen - A History of American Puritan Literature.
This Date in History:
6/10/1980 - African National Congress Published Mandela's Message
Remembrance of Past Podcasts:
Conversations at the Washington Library included an episode on “Planting the World of Plymouth Plantation” with Carla Gardina Pestana.
New Books Network also included an episode of Atlantic interest with Cecile Fremont on Afro-Catholic Festivals in the Americas: Performance, Representation, and the Making of Black Atlantic Tradition.