PUAN Podcast

Public Anthropologist podcast (PUAN Pod) features ideas and thoughts about issues that concern the public. Discussions and interviews consider what anthropology can tell us about the current events happening in the world for a broad audience. The podcast series is hosted by Antonio De Lauri and Saumya Pandey.

PUAN Pod is an opportunity to speak about scholarship for a broader public. Conversations are brief and entail translation of complex social idea or theory into intelligible language. While there is no singular way of defining the anthropological public, anthropologists are encouraged to think about what kind of knowledge they produce, who gets to be part of their knowledge system, and to whom does the discipline owe responsibility.

Podcast Episode 3: Colonial dispossession and heroin use in northern New Mexico

In the 3rd episode of PUAN podcast, co-host Saumya Pandey interviews Anthropologist Angela Garcia on the endless dispossession, inequality, and heroin use etched in the history and memory of northern New Mexico. Professor Garcia’s avant-garde scholarship combines apparently isolated moments of intimacy, addiction, care and abuse to shed light on the impacts of a colonial …

Podcast Episode 2: History and geography of a city soaked in water

In the 2nd episode of PUAN podcast, co-host Saumya Pandey interviews Anthropologist Nikhil Anand on the concept of wet cities. Professor Anand focuses on Mumbai, a city built in and out of the Arabian Sea. He encourages us to think about the long history of engineering cities as dry lands devoid of wetness, and how …

Podcast Episode 1: Histories and futures in monocrop palm oil plantation

In the 1st episode of PUAN podcast, co-host Saumya Pandey interviews Anthropologist Tania Murray Li on the history and future of palm oil plantation in Indonesia and other parts of the world. Professor Li explains what monocrop palm oil plantation may be revealing about economic inequality and why is it so important to pay attention …