Porch Sessions

A Public Humanities project in English and Cultural Studies

Porch Sessions are casual discussions of the publications and research work by our faculty in the Department of English and Cultural Studies. The interviews are open ended conversations to share our work more broadly with our students, their parents and the public.

 

The Social Life of Biometrics

A Conversation with George Grinnell

Dr. Jennifer Gustar sat down with Dr. George Grinnell to talk about his most recent publication, The Social life of Biometrics.

This conversation was filmed in the spring of 2021.

Find out more about Dr. Grinnell and his research.

 

In this book, Dr. Grinnell looks at the significant gap between what biometrics can reliably do and what we tend to imagine it can do, and examines various narratives in film and novels, life writing, theory, philosophy and scientific studies, alongside a history of biometric technology and its presence in our culture.

Gothic Metaphysics: From Alchemy to the Anthropocene.

A Conversation with Jodey Castricano

Jodey CastricanoGothic Metaphysics: From Alchemy to the AnthropoceneDr. Jennifer Gustar sat down with Dr. Jodey Castricano to talk about their book, Gothic Metaphysics: From Alchemy to the Anthropocene.

This conversation was filmed in the spring of 2021.

Find out more about Dr. Castricano and their research.

This book is a radical departure from Freudian-centred criticism of Gothic literature, it is multi-valent and explores how Gothic has sustained the view of a sentient world despite the disqualification of nature – not only in respect to the extirpation of animism as a worldview, but also with regard to an affirmation of consciousness beyond that of human exceptionalism.

About the Department

The Department of English and Cultural Studies offers the opportunity to study literature and culture. Our professors work to understand our cultural pasts and to pose critical questions of those pasts and our present. Faculty members explore literature and how it imparts meaning in multiple contexts and eras, including the contemporary globalized world.

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