Steven Schoch

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The ninth episode of the Feminism Under Corona series is the result of a conversation with Christina Sharpe, scholar of English Literature and Black Studies. Author of the books Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects(2010) and In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (2016), she is currently a professor at York University in Toronto. Her voice appeared earlier in several episodes of the Phenomenal Ocean: Corona Under the Ocean 2020 podcast series. Astrida Neimanis, Filipa Ramos or Elizabeth Povinelli mentioned her work in the different conversations from the ocean and towards the waters. In the Wake is a book Sonia Fernández Pan ...
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The eighth episode of the Feminism Under Corona series is the result of an audio-epistolary conversation with Silvia Agüero Fernández that took place in November 2020. On her Twitter account she introduces herself as follows: “Mother, Gitana, Mestiza, Feminist. Worker in my home. In the ghetto I discovered my Roma identity, outside the ghetto I discovered anti-Roma harassment.” The conversation was translated by Ainhoa Nadia Douhaibi Arrazola, a social educator and co-author of the book The Radicalization of Racism. Islamophobia and the Prevention of Terrorism (2019). The rules imposed during the confinement have at no point taken into account the particularities ...
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The seventh episode of the Feminism Under Corona series follows a conversation with Mariam Khan, writer and editor of the book It’s not about the Burqa (2019). This first-person anthology of essays of seventeen Muslim women’s stories gives rise to a collective voice where differences are as important as similarities in creating a community of their own within the spectrum of feminism and world-making. Reading this book is like being anonymously invited to meet another community of feminists. But not in order to talk to or discuss with them, but mainly to listen and to unlearn. One way of presenting ...
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The tenth and final episode of the Feminism Under Corona chapter follows a conversation with poet, playwright and theatre director Koleka Putuma. Author of the poetry book Collective Amnesia (2017) and the play No Easter Sunday for Queers (2017), she is founder and director of Manyano Media, a multidisciplinary project that produces and supports the work and stories of black queer artists and queer life. The conversation between Koleka Putuma, in Cape Town, and Sonia Fernández Pan, in Berlin, took place at the end of January 2021. They talked a lot about poetry, as a practice, as part of Koleka Putuma’s ...
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The podcast Promise No Promises! opens a new chapter called Feminisms in the Caribbean. This series of four new episodes arises from conversations between curator and writer Sonia Fernández Pan and art practitioners from the Caribbean region. The collaboration is part of the public program of the past exhibition One month after being known in that island at the Kulturstiftung Basel H. Geiger with the Caribbean Art Initiative. The changeful history of the colonization of the Caribbean has left deep scars that are still present today. This is best known by artists and cultural practitioners who work in their own way ...
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When body becomes feeling, the third episode of Feminisms in the Caribbean series, arises from a conversation with the choreographer and performer Marily Gallardo. Teacher in Afro Antillean dance, she is also founder and organiser of Kalalú Danza, Afro Caribbean Cultural Research and Creative Action Lab in Santo Domingo. As Marily Gallardo says in an interview with Dominican journalist Patricia Solano, it is fundamental to recognize the body as the first territory, as the most important place to construct the experience of life. This is because the body is also a denied territory, inhabited by social disciplines, above all for women. ...
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The second episode of the Feminisms in the Caribbean series, Writing in Hiatuses, is the result of an epistolary conversation through audio notes and emails with writer Marta Aponte Alsina. A storyteller, novelist and literary critic, Marta Aponte wrote her novel La muerte feliz de William Carlos Williams (The Happy Death of William Carlos Williams) out of a desire to write a book that she herself wanted to read. This novel, published in 2015, brings up fundamental issues in her writing, such as the gaze of the foreigner, the extended ties of Puerto Rican culture, the rewriting of canonical texts, ...
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Expertise is the new genius is the second episode that follows a conversation with theorist, DJ and composer Justyna Stasiowska. After completing her degree in Drama and Theater Studies, Justyna Stasiowska is a PhD student at the Performance Studies Department at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. In addition to her theoretical work, contributing to diverse media on theatre and contemporary music, she also collaborates as sound designer with various choreographers. With “Expertise is the new genius” Justyna encapsulates in a few words a cultural narrative strongly rooted in contemporary music. This narrative gives special relevance to the mastery of technology by ...
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Feeling Words in your Mouth, the eighth episode of The Tale and the Tongue series, follows a conversation with artist Itziar Okariz. The title is a phrase by Itiziar Okariz in which she emphasises the materiality of spoken language during her conversation with Sonia Fernández Pan: “To feel the words on the tongue, to feel the words in the mouth.” This statement also connects with the idea of “the voice is the body of words,” she further explains that words are almost empty. Like bodies, words do not exist by themselves either: they are in relation, they take on meaning in context. Language ...
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Growing horizontally, the seventh episode of the The Tale and The Tongue series, follows a conversation with graphic designer Katharina Hetzeneder. Her relationship with design began at the age of 17 in Vienna. Years later, in Barcelona, as the social and economic crisis deepened in 2008, she began to question more strongly the contribution of graphic design to social and political change and relocated to London to study for an MA in Design Writing Criticism. It was then that she wrote her thesis on Hacking as critical and collective practice in design. Inspired by the Spanish protests of the 15M-movement in ...
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Hybrid Worlds within Unusual Realities is the fifth episode that follows a conversation with writer Giovanna Rivero. Author of numerous short stories and novels, essays, chronicles, and academic articles, among her many books written in Spanish are Tukzon, historias colaterales (2008), 98 segundos sin sombra, Para comerte mejor and more recently Tierra fresca de su tumba. “Living creatures of fiction” is Giovanna Rivero’s name for what many call characters. But characters are much more than characters: not only for those who create them, but also for those who meet them through reading. Another term Giovanna uses is “incarnations,” appealing to their ...
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Radical Listening is the sixth episode that follows a conversation with Ericka Florez. When describing Ericka’s work, several terms appear: curator, artist, performer, writer, researcher, early childhood educator… This multiplicity of terms, which refer both to practices in process and to established roles, also indicates an overflow in words. A word that would be important to add to this list is the notion of «in-betweenness»: the ability to be in two places at the same time but without being fully in either one of them. Ericka’s project Un hechizo en el espacio [A spell in the space] gave the opportunity to ...

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