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Welcome to The Identity Paradox: Inside the Racial Pharmakon, a podcast where we discuss the dialectical tensions inherent in the concept of “identity” and how such tensions specifically play out when addressing the pharmakology of race—that is, the poisonous, as well as the medicinal, properties of “race” and “racial identity” as general concepts.

        Carlos Gallego, Associate Professor of English, St. Olaf College

Latest Episodes

Episode 1

“If You Leave”: Hospicing the House of Modernity, with Dr. Adrienne N. Merritt

Our first, but non-introductory, episode is a conversation with Adrienne Merritt, Visiting Assistant Professor in German at St. Olaf College. Join us as we discuss the ongoing pedagogical experiments found on the website, Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures (GTDF), “an arts/research collective that uses this website as a workspace for collaborations around different kinds of artistic, pedagogical, cartographic, and relational experiments that aim to identify and de-activate colonial habits of being, and to gesture towards the possibility of decolonial futures.” (Recorded on May 13, 2021)

Episode Notes or use the link in the “Menu” options above (I strongly recommend viewing these before or while listening, as this episode refers to visual texts)

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Episode 2, Part 1

Explaining “The Identity Paradox” via Husserl and Adorno, with guest Dr. Rob Kendrick

This is dedicated to a proper introduction via an explanation of the title. Join Dr. Robert Kendrick and myself as we discuss “the identity paradox” as understood in the theories of Edmund Husserl and Theodor W. Adorno. And yes, we do and will continue to tie this into antiracist theory and praxis.

Episode Notes or use the link in the “Menu” options above (I strongly recommend viewing these before or while listening)

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