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Critically Linked Podcast


Critically Linked brings together ‘old’ philosophers back into the digital public square. Together with hosts Dana S. Trif and Jaspal N. Singh, our guests talk about theories, concepts, and the real world. What can classical texts still teach us? How can we use the past to shape our futures? These are some of the questions we plan to address on our podcast. Join the discussion!



Latest recordings:

Episode 5: Chantal Mouffe

In Episode 5 of our podcast, together with Pieter Maeseele (University of Antwerp) and Seongcheol Kim (University of Bremen) we discuss On the Political, published in 2005, and Mouffe’s latest piece, Towards a Green Democratic Revolution. Left Populism and the Power of Affects from 2022. We explore questions such as: What is the difference between ‘politics’ and ‘the political’? Are we witnessing a deepening of ‘antagonisms’ globally? What’s next for the liberal international order in the face of war and unstable multipolarity?

Link: https://podcasts.apple.com/ro/podcast/critically-linked/id1681474582?i=1000651688365


Episode 4: Karl Marx

Marx, who died rather young for a philosopher, managed in this relatively short lifespan to create a truly indelible mark on human culture. In this episode, together with our guests, Ana Deumert (Cape Town University) and Christian Chun (University of Massachusetts Boston), we discuss chapter 10 ‘The Working Day’, from Volume I of his Capital, published in 1867.

Link: https://podcasts.apple.com/ro/podcast/critically-linked/id1681474582?i=1000651679214


Episode 3: Ernesto Laclau

Almost 40 years after the publication of his book (with Chantal Mouffe) – ‘Hegemony and socialist strategy: Towards a radical democratic politics’ (1985) – what can Laclau’s philosophy still teach us? Together with Eva Herschinger, a discourse analyst and one of the first authors bringing Laclau’s thinking to International Relations, and Thomas Jacobs, assistant professor at the Université St. Louis, Brussels, and author of newly published book ‘Hegemony, discourse, and political strategy. Towards a post-Marxist understanding of contestation and politicization’ (2022) we unravel this question and ask many more.

Link: https://podcasts.apple.com/ro/podcast/critically-linked/id1681474582?i=1000608072818


Episode 2: John Stuart Mill

Most of the 5 to 6 million Ukrainian refugees in Europe are women and children. Under the banner of “Women, life, freedom” women are marching at the forefront of protests in Iran. Women are demanding their right to education in Afghanistan. Together with Marco Verweij, Professor of Political Science at Constructor University Bremen, and Kaushalya Perera, Senior Lecturer at the Department of English, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, we discuss in today’s episode John Stuart Mill’s (1806 - 1873) seminal essay “The Subjection of Women”(1869).

Link: https://podcasts.apple.com/ro/podcast/critically-linked/id1681474582?i=1000608072864


Episode 1: Immanuel Kant and Charles W. Mills

in this episode we sit down with Michael Kranert, Lecturer in Sociolinguistics at the University of Southampton, England and Andrew Jones, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Exeter to discuss the relevance of Immanuel Kant’s thinking in today’s world.

Link: https://podcasts.apple.com/ro/podcast/critically-linked/id1681474582?i=1000608072819