Archive: Mar 2024

In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Hannah McCann, Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne, author of Queering Femininity: Sexuality, Feminism and the Politics of Presentation, and co-author of Queer Theory Now (which we discussed on an earlier episode of the podcast). In our conversation, Hannah introduces us to the value and joys of reading Judith Butler and discusses why Butler’s theorizing of sex and gender has been demonized by and come under attack from the political right. Hannah helps us better understand Butler’s ideas through reflecting on her own intellectual development and current project on queer hair salons. Hannah also offers us a brief preview of Judith Butler’s recently published Whose Afraid of Gender.


In this episode we are joined by Ugo Corte, Professor of Sociology at the University of Stavanger, author of Dangerous Fun: The Social Lives of Big Wave Surfers (2022 University of Chicago Press), and winner of the 2023 Charles Horton Cooley Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.Ugo introduces us to the work of Gary Alan Fine and discusses his importance as a scholar, theorist, and methodologist. Ugo also discusses the influence of Fine, as well as a plethora of other theorists, on his own research on risky group activities.

*Ugo also mentions the work of previous GTaC guests Seth Abrutyn and Jonathan Wynn!