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Voices in Political Philosophy

Voices in Political Philosophy presents interviews with political theorists, philosophers, and activists. We are committed to challenge the horizons of contemporary political thinking, giving space to the diversity of political voices.

The ideas expressed by the interviewees are their own point of view and do not necessarily express the position of the authors or the University of Graz.

The podcast is hosted by Dr. Laurin Mackowitz and Mag. Leire Urricelqui, both are employees at the Centre for Political Philosophy at the University of Graz.



06 Debra Benita Shaw speaks about architecture for ideal bodies and the politics of monsters in posturban spaces

Debra Benita Shaw is a reader in cultural theory at the University of East London. In Technoculture: The Key Concepts (2013) she demonstrates how technoculture revolutionized the ways we speak, work, and act, inquiring a range of subjects from the sexuality of the Walkman to the military dispositive of bioengineered food or cloned bodies. In her latest book Posthuman Urbanism: Mapping Bodies in Contemporary City Space (2018) she takes these issues to the hybrid spaces of 21st century cities, where the binary oppositions between the city and the countryside as well as between reality and cyberspace no longer provide persuasive models to describe what it means to be human in the city.

Host: Laurin Mackowitz

05 Johanna Rolshoven talks about Political Anthropology, Architecture, Mobility and the Heroic (in German)

Johanna Rolshoven is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the Graz University in Austria. Diploma in Social Anthropology at Université Aix-Marseille/FR, PhD in Philosophy at Marburg University/Germany, and Habilitation in Popular Culture Studies at Zurich University/CH. Fields of interest include cultural analysis: combining urban and political anthropology with mobilities studies, and cultural studies in architecture. Current projects include Mediterranean Port Cities and citizenship.

Host: Laurin Mackowitz

04 Ángela Bermúdez and Irene Gantxegi on historical, literary narratives, and political violence

Ángela Bermúdez is a full-time researcher at the Center for Applied Ethics at the University of Deusto, Bilbao (Spain). Strongly committed to a dialog between practice and research, her main project, funded by a Marie Curie Grant (European Union) and by Spencer Foundation (USA), consists of a comparative study of the ways in which history education contributes (or not) to a critical understanding of political violence. She holds a doctorate from Harvard Graduate School of Education (2008) and has also been a consultant for the National Ministry of Education as well as for the Department of Education of Bogotá.

Irene Gantxegi is a lecturer at Begoñako Andra Mari Teacher Training University (Spain). She holds a PhD in International and Intercultural Relations from the University of Deusto (2017) and has been a visiting researcher at the Centre for Narrative Research at the University of East London (UK). In 2016, she obtained a scholarship from the Basque Government to conduct pedagogical literary workshops on the subjects of Peace, Coexistence, and Human Rights. From 2017 to 2018, she worked as a Peace and Citizenship technician at the Basque Youth Council, EGK (2017-2018).

Host: Leire Urricelqui Ramos

03 David Livingstone Smith on dehuminaztion

David Livingstone Smith is professor of philosophy at the University of New England. His research focuses on dehumanization, human nature, race, ideology, and moral psychology. He participates widely in both academic and non-academic settings, and was awarded in 2012 with the Anisfield-Wolf award for non-fiction. He was also a speaker at the 2012 G20 Economic Summit at Los Cabos, Mexico, where he spoke on dehumanization and mass violence.

Host: Leire Urricelqui Ramos

02 Robert Pfaller spricht über Sprachkunst, Witze und Entmündigung

Robert Pfaller ist Professor für Philosophie und Kulturtheorie an der Universität für Kunst und Industriedesign in Linz. 2007 wurde er vom Psychoanalytischen Seminar Zürich für sein Buch "Das Vergnügungsprinzip in der Kultur: Illusionen ohne Eigentümer" mit dem Preis "The Missing Link" für die Verbindung der Psychoanalyse mit anderen wissenschaftlichen Disziplinen ausgezeichnet.

Moderation: Laurin Mackowitz

01 Elisabeth Holzleithner spricht über Polizeigewalt, Sexarbeit und die Ehe

Elisabeth Holzleithner ist Professorin und Leiterin des Instituts für Rechtsphilosophie der Universität Wien und Obfrau der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Geschlechterforschung. Sie ist Preisträgerin des Gabriele Possanner Staatspreises für Geschlechterforschung, des Frauenring Preises und des Käthe-Leichter-Preises für die Frauengeschichte der Arbeiterinnen- und Arbeiterbewegung.

Moderation: Laurin Mackowitz



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