In each episode, your Oddities of Violence hosts interview an expert studying terrorism, genocide, or the philosophy of violence, exploring overlooked or under-appreciated examples that challenge how we think about the boundaries of violence. We cover topics ranging from the Peloponnesian War, the anxieties of the Roman Empire, and panic over organized arson in early-modern European, to Jewish anti-Fascist violence, starvation and revolution in Khmer Rouge Cambodia, and the role of “magical thinking” in modern violence, up to new legal interpretations of Indigenous genocide in North America, on-line violent extremism, and the meaning and uses of the idea of the New to make sense of contemporary protest and violence.
Your Hosts are Gavin Cameron, Joshua D. Goldstein, and Maureen Hiebert, all from the Dept. of Political Science at UCalgary. The producer and lead Research Assistant is Alejandra Vivas Suarez.
Artwork by Leanna Santucci. Music by Kai Engel from the Free Music Archive.
For more on the Oddities of Violence project see: https://odditiesofviolence.
Episode 0: An Introduction to This Odd Violence
Episode 0: An Introduction to This Odd Violence Professors Hiebert, Goldstein and Cameron, from the University of Calgary Political Science Department, share the reasons that brought them together and led them to this project, and what their goal is. Intro…
Episode 1: Thucydides on the Peloponnesian War
Episode 1: Thucydides on the Peloponnesian War Professor Rachel Bruzzone, from Bilkent University (Turkey), speaks from Greece about Thucydides' own life in the midst of internecine war, and its advice to future generations. Music by Kai Engel, from the Free…
Episode 2: The Genocide of the Carthaginian
Episode 2: The Genocide of the Carthaginian Professor Tristan Taylor, from the University of New England (Australia), draws a line connecting two events centuries apart: Rome's genocidal violence against Carthage, and its age of persecution of Christians. Music by Kai…
Episode 3: Let Die in Democratic Kampuchea
Episode 3: Let Die in Democratic Kampuchea Professor James Tyner, from Kent State University (United States) addresses common misunderstandings in the history of the Khmer Rouge, its economic reality, and its political campaign of mass neglect.
Episode 4: Voegelin's Theory of Extreme, Delusional Violence
Episode 4: Voegelin's Theory of Extreme, Delusional Violence Professor of Political Theory Barry Cooper, from the University of Calgary, focuses on the life and work of German-American scholar Eric Voegelin, and his various insights into the mind of political extremism.
Episode 5: Anarchist Ideology and the Ethics of Terroristic Violence
Episode 5: Anarchist Ideology and the Ethics of Terroristic Violence Professor Or Arthur Honig, from Tokyo International University (Japan), reflects on the lives of Jewish assassins during the rise of Nazi Germany, and on the misconstrued relation between intervention and…
Episode 6: A Fight for the Status of Violent
Episode 6: A Fight for the Status of Violent "Novelty" Professor Marta Bashovski, from the University of Regina (Canada), reflects on the fraught debate on what constitutes novelty and commonplace in political conversations meant to address violence.
Episode 7: The London Fire of 1666, or the Birth of the Modern State
Episode 7: The London Fire of 1666, or the Birth of the Modern State Professor Johannes Dillinger, from Brookes University (England), recovers the memory of a world before the rise of the Modern State, and explains how the fear of…