MIT Press Podcast
Semiotext(e) with Chris Kraus and Hedi El Kholti

Semiotext(e) with Chris Kraus and Hedi El Kholti

May 22, 2020

Best known for its introduction of French theory to American readers, Semiotext(e) has been one of America's most influential independent presses since its inception more than three decades ago. Publishing works of theory, fiction, madness, economics, satire, sexuality, science fiction, activism and confession. 

In this interview Chris Kraus and Hedi El Kholti, who run Semitext(e) alongside Sylvère Lotringer, discuss the history of the press. 

Radical Psychiatry with Lucas Richert

Radical Psychiatry with Lucas Richert

May 15, 2020

In Break On Through, Lucas Richert explores Anti-psychiatry, psychedelics, and radical challenges to psychiatry and the conventional treatment of mental health in the 1970s. In this interview Lucas discusses the issues that run through the sixties and seventies and how they're forming debates about mental health today. 

Image Politics with David Levi Strauss

Image Politics with David Levi Strauss

May 8, 2020

In Co-Illusion, writer and critic David Levi Strauss, tracks the rise of Donald Trump and the media landscape that warped around him. In this interview he discusses the language of Trump, the forthcoming election, and the changing relationship between image and truth. 

Collaborative Society with Dariusz Jemielniak and Aleksandra Przegalinska

Collaborative Society with Dariusz Jemielniak and Aleksandra Przegalinska

May 1, 2020

An interview with Dariusz Jemielniak and Aleksandra Przegalinska about Collaborative Society (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series) and how networked technology enables the emergence of a new collaborative society.

Spatial Computing with Shashi Shekhar and Pamela Vold

Spatial Computing with Shashi Shekhar and Pamela Vold

April 24, 2020

Shashi Shekhar and Pamela Vold, authors of Spatial Computing, fromThe MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, discuss the reach, risks and importance of spatial computing in confronting COVID-19.

COVID Weirdness with Erik Davis

COVID Weirdness with Erik Davis

April 17, 2020

Author of High Weirdness, Erik Davis discusses psychedelic politics, media paranoia, conspiracy theories, and consensus reality in the time of COVID-19.

Extraterrestrials with Wade Roush

Extraterrestrials with Wade Roush

April 10, 2020

An interview with Wade Roush, author of Extraterrestrials, from The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series. Are we alone in the universe? If not, where is everybody? And which might be more meaningful? 

Soundtrack produced by artist and author of High Static, Dead Lines (Strange Attractor Press, December 2018) Kristen Gallerneaux.

The History of Contraception with Donna J Drucker

The History of Contraception with Donna J Drucker

April 3, 2020

An interview with Donna J. Drucker, author of Contraception, from The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series. We discuss reproductive justice, the history of contraceptive technology and how the future of contraception can offer more choice and more freedom for every kind of person. 

Technologies of the Human Corpse with John Troyer

Technologies of the Human Corpse with John Troyer

March 24, 2020

In this episode we hear from John Troyer, author of Technologies of the Human Corpse and the Director of The Center for Death and Society at The University of Bath. We discuss the way technology is blurring the distinctions between life and death, the emergence of death studies from the 70s social and political milieu and how his own experiences of bereavement inform his research.

Haunted Bauhaus with Elizabeth Otto

Haunted Bauhaus with Elizabeth Otto

March 9, 2020

In this podcast we discuss visibility, haunting and fascism with art historian and theorist Elizabeth Otto. Otto's book Haunted Bauhaus explores the marginalized histories of occult spirituality, gender fluidity and queer identity within the Bauhaus; offering fresh insight into one of the most canonized periods of European art history.