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#347      35 min 25 sec
Disciples of the interdisciplinary: Researchers crossing boundaries to unleash creativity

Dr Daniel Glaser

Neuroscientist and science communicator Dr Daniel Glaser discusses the synergistic dividends that arise from research efforts that cross traditional research domains. Presented by Dr Andi Horvath.

#345      33 min 45 sec
Postmodernism: What is it good for?

Prof Brian McHale

Literary theorist Prof Brian McHale explains the origins and trajectory of postmodernism, muses on its role in our cultural expression, and speculates on its demise. Presented by Lynne Haultain.

#319      35 min 57 sec
Contested memories: Unearthing tensions from the Spanish Civil War

Prof Jo Labanyi

Cultural historian Prof Jo Labanyi discusses accounts of atrocities and persecution that took place during and after the Spanish Civil War, and explains why 75 years after war’s end the memories of the period are so highly contested. Presented by Elisabeth Lopez.

#313      34 min 00 sec
The new inequality: Researching the widening gap in wealth and income

Prof Karen Rowlingson

Social policy researcher Prof Karen Rowlingson discusses the growing inequality in income and wealth in the developed world, how it’s researched, and its implications for society and individuals. Presented by Lynne Haultain.

#305      34 min 57 sec
The boss’ gaze: Workplace surveillance and its meaning for employees and organizations

Prof Graham Sewell

Management expert Prof Graham Sewell discusses the evolution of workplace surveillance, or employee monitoring, and considers both its useful and unsettling effects. Presented by Lynne Haultain.

#304      35 min 47 sec
Quash and prosper: How free market capitalism learned to quell dissent

Prof Alasdair Roberts

Law historian Prof Alasdair Roberts discusses the strategies implemented by the neoliberal establishment to contain dissent. Presented by Lynne Haultain.

#302      35 min 12 sec
"Free and equal": Human rights in the global imagination

Prof Mark Philip Bradley

Historian Prof Mark Philip Bradley examines the origins of the concept of human rights. He also discusses the development of a language around this construct. Presented by Elisabeth Lopez.

#294      32 min 04 sec
Exhibiting behaviors: The business of running metropolitan art galleries and museums

Prof Gerard Vaughan

Art historian and former gallery director Prof Gerard Vaughan discusses the challenges, fiscal and otherwise, facing publicly-funded art galleries. He also explores the evolution of curatorship in these galleries. With host Elisabeth Lopez.

#293      35 min 29 sec
Fare enough: Concocting an aura of authenticity in traditional food products

Prof Ken Albala

Food historian Prof Ken Albala discusses how the marketing machine creates a sense of authenticity around foods from various regions in Europe. Presented by Elisabeth Lopez.

#287      39 min 22 sec
Positively China: Toward a psychology of happiness in Chinese society

Prof Kaiping Peng 彭凯平教授

Social psychologist Professor Kaiping Peng (彭凯平教授) examines the role of psychology in a China confronted with tremendous economic and social change. Prof Peng also discusses how the positive psychology movement fits into Chinese cultural and social structures to contribute to mental health and well being. Presented by Elisabeth Lopez.