Broadcast Lectures

Have you ever wanted to attend a symposium or public lecture held by an author you admire, or a conference on an interesting topic or a well-known theorist? Perhaps you couldn’t attend such an event because it was too far away, too expensive, too inconvenient, or all of the above? We have discovered a simple (and free!) way for you to access thought-provoking talks by some of the world’s leading scholars, all brought together online.

The UK-based Backdoor Broadcasting Company specializes in web-casting academic conferences, symposia, public lectures, workshops, and seminars. While its other service is “Sound Experimentation,” which encourages new and experimental music, sound art, and sonic events, the academic service specifically affords researchers, scholars, and students the opportunity to access recorded events held by scholars.

For example, a recent symposium called “The Foucault Effect 1991-2011” brings together a group of scholars—including Michel Foucault’s lifelong partner Daniel Defert—that reexamines Foucault’s work in light of the book The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality that was published in 1991 by several of the scholars on the conference panel. Another cerebral treat is Sasksia Sassen’s “Fabricating Scarcity,”  a cogent analysis of the state of global scarcity and its socially and economically constructed nature.

These two talks were held during the early weeks of June, so they both offer fresh—and refreshing—insight and analyses of their respective topics. We encourage you to regularly check out this amazing resource. The issues are relevant and in many cases the scholars are exceptional experts in their field.


Author: Julian Thompson

Julian Thompson is a research assistant at the Social Science Research Center at DePaul University. He is completing his MA in Sociology and is expecting to begin doctoral studies in the fall of 2012. Broadly speaking, his interests revolve around issues of identity, culture, power, legal practices and discourses, and inequality. His specific research domains are prisons, punishment, ex-offender reentry, street life, mental illness, and immigration detention and deportation. However, he is particularly interested in studying the racialized experiences of imprisonment and re-entry and the way these impact the racial understandings that offenders of color inculcate and use when making sense of their lives and criminal engagements.

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