“Disaster, Race, & Diaspora” (with Richard Mizelle, Jr.)

Last night turned into this morning turned into this afternoon turned into this evening. I am late in posting this week’s podcast, with Richard Mizelle, Jr. This is the second podcast on the great Mississippi Flood of 1927, which was a focal point of my teaching and reading interest last winter. That was married with a deep dive into the blues. All of which drew me to Mizelle’s book, Backwater Blues: The Mississippi Flood of 1927 in the African American Imagination. Mizelle, an historian at the University of Houston, is the author of one of the very coolest lines in academic history. In his introduction he writes: “Contrary to what your parents told you as a kid, there was such a thing as the boogie man. His name was John Lee Hooker.”

This podcast picks up on a number of themes explored in the previous podcast with Susan Scott Parrish. But the discussion turns to questions of public health, diaspora, and, of course, the blues.

Next week: 7 November: “Labour, Environment, & Neoliberalism” (with Erik Loomis)


5 September: “Dysfunctional Relationships: Love Songs for Pesticides” (with Michelle Mart)

12 September: “Catastrophic Environmentalism: Histories of the Cold War” (with Jacob Hamblin)

19 September: “Disaster Narratives: Predictions, Preparedness, & Lessons” (with Scott Knowles)

26 September: “Catastrophe in the Age of Revolutions” (with Cindy Ermus)

3 October: “Histories of the Future & the Anthropocene” (with Libby Robin)

10 October: “Günther Anders and the Catastrophic Imagination” (with Jason Dawsey)

17 October: “Convergence: Capitalism, Climate, Catastrophe” (with Andreas Malm)

24 October: “Catastrophic Meanings: Consuming the Great Flood of 1927” (with Susan Scott Parrish)