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Conversations on Positionality with Anne Kirstine Rønn


Episode 8: Nicola Pratt on Ethics and the Responsibility to Counter Repression

In this last episode of the series, Anne Kirstine speaks to Nicola Pratt about her views on the role of researchers in society. Nicola reflects on the ethical responsibilities of researchers to fight repression and the importance of engaging in political debates about their subject matter. She also reflects on the importance of relations in a time where extractivism has become a widespread research method.

Nicola is Professor of International Politics of the Middle East at the University of Warwick. Her publications have explored women's activism, democratisation, human rights and conflict in a number of Middle Eastern countries.

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S2 E10: A Brief History of Wine with Farrah Berrou

From Tlemcen through to Bethlehem and the Bekaa Valley, we chart the history of wine production in the Middle East and North Africa. Farrah Berrou talks us through her journey of wine writing for a Western audience and what the future holds for Lebanese wine. We also explore the relationship between French colonialism and wine production, and ideas of nationhood, religion, and politics in Algeria and Palestine.

Farrah is founder of B for Bacchus, a media platform & podcast featuring wine stories from the Fertile Crescent. 

This episode also features commentary from Jamal Rayyis, a Palestinian-American wine writer, as well as Arthur Asseraf, historian of modern North Africa, France and the Mediterranean. 

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