This week I’m talking with Dr. Tina Sikka about her work in feminist science studies, from feminist analysis of geoengineering to the intersections of race and the diet industry. This is one of those episodes where I probably learned as much as you’re going to. I love these episodes! Come learn with me. Also, links:
- You can find Tina’s work at her website; she specifically references this new Wired article about gender and geoengineering as well as her Jacobin article, “Against Twenty-First Century Race Science”
- We give a brief definition of standpoint theory, but to read more check out the work of Sandra Harding, Donna Haraway, and Helen Longino
- The idea of strategic essentialism comes from Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (sorry for all the Wikipedia in these show notes!)
- We talk briefly about Jia Tolentino’s new book, Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion
- Here’s an article that contextualizes the high maternal mortality rates in African American women as a public health crisis
- I reference my interview with Dawn Serra a few times, so here it is in case you missed it!
- Tina recommends this article on the intersections of fatphobia and anti-Black racism in responses to Lizzo
- Here’s something on shifting definitions of whiteness in U.S. history
- This interview that Kat Chow of NPR’s Code Switch did with Chickasaw citizen and Native American Studies scholar Elizabeth Rule helps to explain the idea of “blood quantum” and how it encompasses both the “one-drop rule” and the state policing of Indigeneity
- And here’s an article that rightly compares the over-representation of Indigenous children in Canada’s child welfare system to the residential school system
- I mentioned the episode of Another Round called “I got Indian in My Family,” which features Kim Tallbear on Black and Indigenous kinship
- This article provides some more detail on the story of Russ George dropping iron dust into the ocean (and the general dangers of rogue geoengineering)
- Last Wikipedia link, I swear: environmental racism
- And here’s an article on why the Madrid Climate Conference didn’t go as well as it needed to
- And, because these links were a little depressing, let me leave you with some hopepunk: “The narratives we construct, the stories we tell ourselves must acknowledge that, while there’s a scientific consensus that the atmosphere is warming due to our fossil fuel emissions, many aspects and extents of climate change remain uncertain. Writing non-apocalyptic climate change narratives can make room, intellectually and emotionally, for our failures to act sooner.”
The podcast theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here. Tina’s theme song was “Cloudbusting” by Kate Bush.
Secret Feminist Agenda is recorded and produced by Hannah McGregor on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
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