I know that some people expressed doubts over whether the Caraheard Podcasting Experiment ™ was over, but today should demonstrate that it was just a little delayed.
We were lucky enough to have Kostis Kourelis join us to talk about his summer, and Richard and I provided the usual tomfoolery and background noise.
So, here is Caraheard, Season 3, Episode 1:
Richard and I talked a good bit about his work in the Corinthia including the area around Siderona. We also mentioned my work around Vayia which was published here. We also mentioned David Pettegrew’s important new book on the region, The Isthmus of Corinth: Crossroads of the Mediterranean World. (Michigan 2016).
Kostis talked about his remarkable summer program in which students studied immigration both in the US and in Greece. You can read more about it here: “From Greek Village to the American City: Archaeology of Immigration,” Franklin & Marshall College Alumni Magazine (Summer, 2016)
We then strayed almost immediately from the Mediterranean and talked a bit about defending housing from extreme commodification. We mentioned David Madden and Peter Marcuse, In Defense of Housing: The Politics of Crisis (New York: Verso, 2016).
We discussed Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, “Learning from Levittown” Studio, 1970, and its classic drawing of the semiotics of a suburban American house.
Richard talks about his traumatic experiences at the parade of homes and various forms of McMansion Hell including the expansion of junk space.
This, more or less, led us to the classic essay on the biography of things
Igor Kopytoff, “The Cultural Biography of Things: Commoditization as Process,” in The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective, ed. Arjun Appadurai, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986), pp. 64-94.
We might also add a similar note about semiotics, although not mentioned in the podcast: Jean Baudrilard, The System of Objects (1968).
From the edge of thingness, we return to sanity by discussing Philadelphia at Halloween.
At some point, we mention that archaeology of care.
Bill talked a bit about the North Dakota University System Arts and Humanities Summit on Outrage which he live-blogged here.
He also never misses an opportunity to promote The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota and its newest book Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future which will be released next week.