Keywords in Modernity is an experimental podcast program, consisting of three episodes to date, developed by the Potomac Center for the Study of Modernity. Intended to complement and augment the Center’s academic symposia, which regularly bring together scholars from different disciplines to build a robust conversation across history, the humanities, and the social sciences, each episode of Keywords in Modernity features the voices of several scholars discussing the history and meaning of a single keyword.
The podcast episodes are designed especially for faculty members, researchers, and university students who may be interested in exploring the specific terminologies and dimensions of modernism and the contemporary state of scholarship across academic fields. The podcast’s title and concept are loosely based on Raymond Williams’s classic 1976 text, Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society.
Episode 1: Modernity
Episode 2: Sovereignty
Speakers in Episodes 1 and 2
Episode 3: Race
Speakers in Episode 3
Associate Professor, English and American Studies
University of Virginia