Wondering what’s coming up on The Familiar Strange podcast? As we bag awesome interviews with some of the world’s most fascinating scholars and thinkers, we’ll update the list below. You’re welcome!
Jodie talks to The Thesis Whisperer, Associate Professor Inger Mewburn, about being ‘post-disciplinary’, what ethnography is good for, and what it’s like to be ‘shadowed’ by humans vs machines. While you wait, check out this summary of Inger’s recent article about machine learning: “A Machine Learning Analysis of the Non-academic Employment Opportunities for Ph.D. Graduates in Australia“.
Julia speaks to Professor Emma Kowal, a cultural and medical anthropologist at Deakin University, about her ethnography Trapped in the Gap, the role of STS in anthropology and vice versa, the racial politics around genomics and how early career researchers can gain more confidence to pursue contentious research topics and communicate their work better.
Jodie chats with Professor Lucy Suchman about human-machine interaction, how anthropologists can influence big business, and the moral perils of remote-controlled drone warfare.
Jodie discusses European migration issues with Associate Professor Annalisa Pelizza, and unpacks how a human can be translated into data in order to make them legible to the European gaze. While you wait, check out her fascinating project, Processing Citizenship.
Guest host Zoe Hatten talks to Professor Andrew Kipnis at the AAA conference in San Jose about his work on funeral ceremonies in China, and doing anthropology in present times.
Jodie talks to techno-anthropologist, Vice President of Intel and founder of ANU’s newest social science discipline, Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell. They discuss being an anthropologist for a company like Intel, while also not being able to avoid being an anthropologist OF a company like Intel! What anthropological insights does an anthropologist bring to the tech industry? The answer? A LOT. Check out the website for ANU’s new 3A Institute while you wait.
Ian talks to Elanor Huntington, dean of the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science, about the need for a critical anthropology of science, ethics and power in engineering, and how to bring together a view of humans as components in designed systems with a responsibility to protect and promote individual agency.
Julia talks to Tim Denham, Associate Professor of archeology at the ANU, about dealing with difficult fieldwork experiences, and some of the mental health support gaps that graduate students in archeology and anthropology may face during their PhDs. They also discuss what it means to self-identify with your work and how losing data can become extremely personal.