For many in the US, podcasts have become one of the primary ways through which people hear news, experience provocative debate, are introduced to different ways of perceiving the world, and encounter the heady mix of insights and views that animate pluralistic democracy. At the same time, the ability to select which podcasts to queue up can lure listeners into the reductive bubbles of curated media, in which we only hear what we want to hear. What does this emergent technology and form teach us about how sound can constitute varieties of community?
This symposium invites podcasters, scholars of media, cultural critics, and students interested in knowing more about podcasts to consider the platform as a powerful contemporary form of information, dissemination, and cultural production. Our goal is to spark debate about the kinds of public spheres enabled by podcasts, exploring their possibilities and limitations. Part of that exploration involves situating the emergence of podcasts in a larger historical framework of radio and its relationship to news reporting, story-telling, genres of narrative, and social and political activism, as well as forms of digital cultures. And we will also be attentive to complex interweaving of creative, institutional, and infrastructural interests that combine to produce different kinds of podcasts. Finally, in an effort to mix theory and practice, we offer workshops on designing and developing podcasts.
Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. RSVP is optional at https://tinyurl.com/uci-cwc-podcast.
The event is co-sponsored by the UCI Office of the Campus Writing Coordinator, UCI Humanities Commons, UCI Illuminations, Department of English, Department of Film & Media Studies, and Department of Asian American Studies.
WELCOME & BREAKFAST
THE MICROPHONE PROFESSORS: a live podcast, with Oliver Wang (CSU, Long Beach) and Karen Tongson (USC), moderated by Jim Lee (UCI)
THE SERIAL EFFECT: a talk and discussion with Isaac West (Vanderbilt), responses by Jim Lee and Jonathan alexander (UCI)
GUEST PODCASTERS: “The Trickle Up Effect: How to Succeed in Podcasting While Trying Really Really Hard” with Fran Tirado (co-host of Food 4 Thot), moderated by Jonathan Alexander (UCI)
EXTENDING WORDS’ REACH: “Cultivating and Deepening Audience Engagement on Air” with Eric Newman and Medaya Ocher (LARB), moderated by Jonathan Alexander (UCI)
12:00-1:30, lunch presentation
WHY STUDY PODCASTING?: a discussion with Allison Perlman (UCI), Isaac West (Vanderbilt), Bambi Haggins (UCI), and Sarah Florini (Arizona State University)
THE ART OF CONVERSATION: a workshop with Mike Gravagno (host of Writers’ Block; Co-host of the Super Hero Hour Hour) and Ryan Haley (host of The OC Disorder; Co-host of the Super Hero Hour Hour)
GUEST PODCASTERS: “The Black Guy Who Tips and Comedic Social Discourse” with Rod and Karen Morrow (hosts of The Black Guy Who Tips) and Sara Florini (Arizona State University), moderated by Bambi Haggins (UCI)
RECEPTION and NETWORKING