Episode Rho: Live and Professional at Tufts University

Photo credit: Max Lalanne / The Tufts Daily
Photo credit: Max Lalanne / The Tufts Daily

Howdy, witches! This extended universe not-so-mini minisode comes to you hot off the mics in America! Hannah and Marcelle (and Trevor!) (and the hippogriff baby, too!!) had the pleasure of visiting Tufts University to deliver a workshop on podcasting and to speak on a panel with Tufts Experimental College Professor Lydia XZ Brown about disability, race, and queerness in the Harry Potter series. It was awesome!

If you’d like to learn more about Lydia and their work (and you really should!), visit their website: autistichoya.net

Thanks to everyone who came out to the workshop, the panel, AND OUR AWESOME MEETUP AT GRENDEL’S DEN! You fantastic humans truly inspire us and we are stoked to be chipping away at the white supremacist patriarchy by your sides.

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6 thoughts on “Episode Rho: Live and Professional at Tufts University”

  1. This was such a great episode. What a valuable and exciting conversation. One thing that Rowling does represent in terms of disability (though again as metaphor) is obsessive-compulsive disorder, specifically intrusive thoughts. I found this super valuable because A) she represents the weight of shame Harry experiences around these thoughts, and the mental/emotional labour demanded of him, and of those around him; and B) intrusive thoughts are such an underrepresented part of OCD, which is so stereotypically represented in pop culture. But if you ever come across any discussions or critiques of OCD in Rowling’s work (I know she writes it into her other work as well), please send them my way.

    1. That’s such an interesting dynamic of Harry’s internal world that I’d never thought of before! And so interesting to see how the narrative doesn’t frame him as “getting better” or being “fixed” by Snape’s shitty, abusive lessons.

      1. Totally! Though those lessons do clarify that the shitty violent thoughts are coming from outside of him, and are not of him, though it still puts the very hard work on Harry of learning (impossibly) how to keep these thoughts out. A lot of the OCD lit I read struggles with: am I the source of these thoughts, and does that mean I am bad? The emphasis that you are not is meaningful.

    1. We’re working right now on collaborating with some listeners looking for experience in transcription, to get transcripts of our episodes up! Some wonderful people have very generously offered to do this for us, we just need to set up the infrastructure for it to happen!

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