Rendering Unconscious Podcast welcomes Dr Richard Newton to the Podcast!

Richard Newton is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama. He received his PhD in Critical Comparative Scriptures from Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Newton’s areas of interest include theory and method in the study of religion, African American history, the New Testament in Western imagination, American cultural politics, and pedagogy in religious studies. His research explores how people create “scriptures” and how those productions operate in the formation of identities and cultural boundaries. In addition to an array of book chapters and online essays, Dr. Newton has published in the Journal of Biblical Literature, Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, Religion Compass, and Religion & Theology to name a few. He is a member of the international scholarly working group, Culture on the Edge. His new book, Identifying Roots: Alex Haley and the Anthropology of Scriptures, published by Equinox in the Culture on the Edge book series, casts Alex Haley’s Roots as a case study in the dynamics of scriptures and identity politics with critical implications for the study of race, religion, and media. You can learn more about his research and pedagogy at his social media professional development site, Sowing the Seed: Fruitful Conversations in Religion, Culture, and Teaching.

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Mentioned in this episode:
Malcolm X
Chinua Achebe
Judith Weisenfeld
James Baldwin
George Orwell – Animal Farm
Monica Coleman – Making a Way out of No Way
Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama
Sowing the Seed: Fruitful Conversations in Religion, Culture, and Teaching
Studying Religion in Culture: A Tale of Prepositions and Conjunctions” by Russell T. McCutcheon
Culture on the Edge
Institute for Signifying Scriptures
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy
The Examples Approach” from the American Examples project

Rendering Unconscious Podcast is hosted by Dr. Vanessa Sinclair, who interviews psychoanalysts, psychologists, scholars, creative arts therapists, writers, poets, philosophers, artists & other intellectuals about their process, world events, the current state of mental health care, politics, culture, the arts & more. Episodes are also created from lectures given at various international conferences.

Rendering Unconscious is also a book and e-book! Rendering Unconscious: Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Politics and Poetry (Trapart Books, 2019)

Vanessa Sinclair, Psy.D. is a psychoanalyst based Stockholm, who sees clients internationally, specializing in offering quality psychoanalytic treatment remotely and online. Her books include Switching Mirrors (2016), The Fenris Wolf vol 9 (2017) co-edited with Carl Abrahamsson, On Psychoanalysis and Violence: Contemporary Lacanian Perspectives (2018) co-edited with Manya Steinkoler, and Scansion in Psychoanalysis and Art: the Cut in Creation forthcoming from Routledge 2020. Dr. Sinclair is a founding member of Das Unbehagen: A Free Association for Psychoanalysis.

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The track at the end of the episode is “Opening doors we never knew existed” from the album “Switching” by Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamsson, available as a 2CD boxset “Switching Mirrors” from Highbrow Lowlife and Trapart Editions. Also available digitally at Bandcamp

Many thanks to Carl Abrahamsson, who created the intro and outro music for Rendering Unconscious podcast.

Film by Vanessa Sinclair

Image: cover of  Identifying Roots: Alex Haley and the Anthropology of Scriptures