All Student Projects:

  • To the Threshold
    September 20, 2019

    By Arielle Swartz, Carly, Evan Hanec, SImone Rodger and Ciara Rose This project solicits attention to the nature of feedback loops by dramatizing, sonically, the many dimensions of feedback loops and thresholds. Injuries are never one-dimensional.  And rebuttals to injury are also not one-dimensional. Expanding the boundaries of the threshold …

  • Marginalization and Health
    September 20, 2019

    By Jacey Magnussen This audio project is intended to be a beginning point for thinking about the feedback loop between marginalization and unmet health care needs. A person’s environment and social context has an important impact on their health, and exclusion from health care keeps many people at a significant disadvantage. …

  • The Culture Podcast
    September 20, 2019

    By Travis Presbitero This audio essay take the form of a mixtape, curated by a philosophy student who is investigating the interplay of critical artistic expression with the insights of artists.  Its accompanying image is a metaphor for the concrete culture of hip-hop music, reflecting an exploration of the genres roots …

  • Presupposed, Predisposed
    September 20, 2019

    By Chris Shaw, Simone Semere & Jenny West In many cases, the carceral system leads to injuries–violence, surveillance, discrimination–that lead directly to more injuries, given how difficult it is to protest this kind of violence.  This audio essay looks to Claudia Rankine’s Citizen and M. NourbeSe Philip’s Zong! as resources …

  • Filter
    September 20, 2019

    By Nikko Jacobs, Shepherd Mtombeni, Alyssa, Simone, Bronte and Christine Do you feel your heart beat quicken when someone says something that makes you uncomfortable? That hits your ear and echoes through your head? That turns your stomach in knots and tightens your chest? The feedback loops that exist in those …

  • Light reflecting on a dark forest
    Above the Treetops
    September 20, 2019

    By Lynn Bui, James Boyko, Kathryn Connelly, Athena, Courtney and Melissa In which six philosophy students go in search of concrete and impassioned stories about “the dark forest,” a concept at the heart of Jessica Abel’s exploration of audio creation.  This audio essay contains a series of carefully framed and edited …

  • Painting of an abstract depiction of networked relations
    The Post-modern Ritual
    September 20, 2019

    By Lia Serpentini, Spencer Gordon, Ciara Rose, Yasmine Mazouzi, Alynn R. and Evan Hanec Vibrant social movements like Black Lives Matter emerge out of social and networked media. Yet our attentiveness to “likes” and other forms of feedback lead to an echo chamber, detached from other perspectives entirely. What does it …

  • Time Cover image of Kaepernick taking a knee
    Take a Knee
    September 20, 2019

    By Chayce Mindra How should we make sense of the tensions between Colin Kaepernick’s impassioned critique of racializing violence and its uptake in the public sphere?  This audio essay takes Kaerpernick seriously as a philosopher and political theorist, exploring his protest in the broader context of commercialized sports and mass media.  …

  • A mock ad, with the words "got cynicism?"
    Unpacking Cynicism
    September 20, 2019

    By Derek Phung, Kenny and Anonymous What does the term “cynicism” mean to you?  In this audio essay, three undergrads dive into the complex history of cynicism and learn that cynicism, in its origins, was far removed from how we understand it today.  And tracking its genealogy leads to pressing …

  • Cartoon of an individual wearing feathers with a big "x" in a dialogue box
    The Banality of Appropriation
    September 20, 2019

    By Mackenzie Fowler, Christopher Shaw, Jerrica and Jennifer “What boils my blood,” Mackenzie Fowler explains, “is what appropriation signifies: the history of colonialism and privilege of the West. In this podcast, I can be heard asking the listeners to think of how they perpetuate colonialism in their day-to-day life,” a question …

  • Image of many pairs of feet, in the hold of a slave ship
    Plant (n) ation
    September 20, 2019

    By Rita Antwi How is sound related to solidarity?  How is sound integral to relational ontologies?    Its title gets to the heart of this audio essay:  “Plantation” for the fact that slaves were taken from their countries, enslaved and forced into slave labour on plantation farms.  “Plant” for the coded …

  • Image of a white mask, with brown glass eyes
    Layer of Life: “Intentionally Removed”
    September 20, 2019

    By Will Cowan, N.H., Shan, Conrad and Anonymous  “I was angry for a reason.”  Through interviews and a lively roundtable discussion, five undergrads dig into the complexities of privilege, discrimination and embodied life.  Conversations are difficult on various levels, as the students and their interlocutors share stories of violence and …

  • Historical sketch of "evolution"
    Bad Blood
    September 20, 2019

    By Rita Antwi In which Rita tracks down the horrific historical and contemporary “abstractions” at play within scientific racism.  This audio essay includes excerpts from Dr. Dre/ Kendrik Lamar’s song Deep Water, from the Compton album.  Rita explains: “There is a part in the song where a Black male is drowning. …

  • Neoliberalism
    September 20, 2019

    By Emily and Daniel Blanchard. In which Emily and Daniel seek after the “critical” in critical theory, dramatizing the very stakes of life and labour within neoliberal structures. This reflective audio essay was created in the context of Feminist Philosophy (fall 2016).  Recommended reading is Nancy Fraser’s “How Feminism Became Capitalism’s …

  • The Philosophy of Sport: The Drama of Fitness Measurements
    September 20, 2019

    By Ajay Bains & Chayce Mindra In which Ajay and Chayce lay bare an under-theorized drama at the heart of elite athletics:  the drama of measuring athletic skill, promise and capacity.   In this episode, created for a philosophy of science course in winter 2017, you’ll discover how Foucault’s insights into biopower illuminate …

  • That’s effing Racist!
    September 20, 2019

    By Haley Arnholtz, Anonymous, Andie Deak, Tyra Jarbeau, Anonymous, Patrick Imgrogno, Hannah, and Justine MacDonald. Today’s keyword is:  scientific racism. Chapter 1: Case IQ  (trigger warning: curative language for mental disability is used in this discussion of scientific racism and eugenics) Chapter 2: Phrenology & birth control history Chapter 3: Interview …

  • Love & Happiness
    September 20, 2019

    By Tessa Low, Shammy Minhas, Daria Nechaieva & Anonymous Four undergrads explore two especially meaningful abstractions:  “love” and “happiness.”  Is love the result of a parasite?  Are love and happiness synonymous?  What forces shape and help us understand the nature of love and happiness?  In this audio essay, created for …

  • The Autistic Truth
    September 20, 2019

    By Breanna Dawe, Jarrett Very and Anonymous This episode takes up the challenge in Melanie Yergeau’s stunning and productive response to “autism” diagnoses by exploring the dramas of abstraction at play within such diagnoses.   This project was created in the context of Philosophy of Science (winter 2017). Reflections by this episode’s …

  • Never thought of it that way
    September 20, 2019

    By Shifrah Gadamsetti, Moe Hammoud, Simone Rodger, Spencer Strand, Anonymous, and Dan. Today’s keyword is: Unlearning. Embarking away from the traditional classroom structure is always difficult, but sometimes that embarkation is the best way for you to learn at the moment. It is daunting to have far less outlines for …

  • “Male” “Female” “Other”
    September 20, 2019

    By Ciara Rose, Mikaela, Martina Tran, Kira Killippetto, and Anonymous. Today’s key word is:  gender. Five undergraduates, in careful conversation with their generous guests, explore the complex relational dynamics of gender.  Of especial note is the recursive quality of the discussion, since exploring “relationality” is itself a deeply relational activity.  This …

  • Disfluently Fluent
    September 20, 2019

    By Spac. In which an undergrad explores the abstractions at play within diagnoses involved with “stuttering.”  This project was produced in the context of a Philosophy of Science course in winter 2017.  “We’ve been told and raised to believe in the ‘universal normal human,’ when in reality, humans come in …

  • It’s 2016, we’re all equal!
    September 20, 2019

    By PFA, Stephanie Butler, Shazia Hassam, & Anonymous (x3) Today’s key word is:  equality.  As Dominique Clément writes, “Equality is talked about a lot, but not implemented in action” (1975). This audio essay, produced by six undergrads, explores the hopes, limitations and contradictions of “equality” as a political ideal for feminist …

  • Evidence & the Placebo Effect
    September 20, 2019

    By Miah Godek & Monika Jarbouh How much of the placebo effect is attributed to subjectivity?  What roles do placebos play in securing valid claims about evidence in biomedicine?  Two undergrads explore the import and epistemological complexities of placebos in this audio essay, created in the context of Philosophy of …

  • Abstraction within Experimental Physiology
    September 20, 2019

    By Anonymous Consider this representation of the “abstractions” that are created and deployed by scientists who work within experimental physiology, created by a student in Philosophy of Science (winter 2017). The above diagram represents individual levels of abstraction with red arrows. In other words, each red arrow represents a modifying …

  • Mental Illness: It’s a Disorder, not a Decision
    September 20, 2019

    By Brian & Ronald In which Brian & Ronald explore the legal, epistemological and moral limitations of the abstractions involved with diagnosing individuals with diagnoses of “mental illness.”  This audio essay was created in the context of a philosophy of science course (winter 2017). Reflections by this episode’s creators “This project …

  • Mental Illness & Nutrition
    September 20, 2019

    By Anonymous “You often hear that addiction runs in the family.  However, is this accurate?”  Two undergrads explore the dramas of abstraction at play within diagnoses of “mental illness,” especially in relation to the complexities of inheritance, epigenetics and diet.   This project was created for a Philosophy of Science course (winter …

  • Psycho
    September 19, 2019

    By Cassie A first-person reflection on the joys, possibilities and limitations of psychedelic drugs, especially for symptoms linked to depression.  This essay was created in the context of Philosophy of Science (winter 2017). Thanks to InspectorJ at Freesound for the background sound used in the episode. For further reading: Erin Brodwin, “Why …

  • Disability and “Ableism”
    September 19, 2019

    By Kelsey Hofstetter & Anonymous In which two undergrads stage a debate about normativity, the nature of ableism and the importance of disability rights.    This audio debate was created in the context of Philosophy of Science (winter 2017). Listen to Student Project Download Transcript