• Shitting Ducks and Butthole Cats

    Ready yourselves for the spontaneous overflow of powerful emotions recollected in tranquillity…plus a load of shitting duck satire. In this episode we’re taking Romanticism from the sublime to the ridiculous with Dr Andrew McInnes, lead investigator on the AHRC-funded project The Romantic Ridiculous.

  • Live, Laugh, OnlyFans

    This week we're speaking with Dr Freya Gowrley, an Art Historian and current postdoctoral fellow in History at the University of Derby. Freya's work is particularly interested in the relationship between identity and visual and material culture in C18th and C19th Britain and focuses on three key sites: collage, the body and domestic space.

  • The Eel Word

    This week we’re going gay for statues and speaking with Dr Melissa Gustin who BEGGED to be on this podcast. Melissa’s research focuses on forms of reproduction in classically informed sculpture from the 18thC through to contemporary 3D printing.

  • Tiny Titty Apocalypse

    This week we're joined by Dr Eleanor Janegameister for some full frontal medievalism. Dr Janega is a historian who specialises in late medieval sexuality, apocalyptic thought, propaganda, and the urban experience. Described as a 'sad, sad medievalist' she is the brain and dump-truck booty behind going-medieval.com, a blog where she discusses the medieval influences on the everyday world in a bid to get us through this garbage fire of a century.

  • Bonnet Vision: Cosplaying with Doroth‪y

    Welcome to WordsWars. This week we're joined by Dr Jo Taylor, the very grand Presidential fellow in Digital Humanities at the University of Manchester to defend the good name of drug dealer to the big 6, Dorothy Wordsworth. In this episode we find out what it's like to LARP up Scafell Pike in a bonnet and skirt in miserable weather and why visitors to the Lake District were investing heavily in Deluxe Canon Bangs. We also find out what the f**k the Digital humanities is.

  • Mollusc Bollocks and Darwin’s Sexy Crab‪s‬

    This week we're joined by Dr Rachel Murray, a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in English Literature based at the University of Sheffield. In this episode we talk to Rachel about Darwin's Sexy crabs, why T.S. Eliot was bad in bed and whether or not A Bug's Life can be read as Marxist allegory.

  • Soundtrack to a B*****‪b

    Well, January 2021 has lasted about 5 years already...but we are BACK and feeling PEACHY. This episode we're joined by Dr Sarah Artt who is a lecturer in Film and Literature at Edinburgh Napier University. She has published on many iconic films and television shows, including Gossip Girl, Sex and the City, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Twilight, and she is currently working on her first monograph 'Quiet Pictures: British and French Cinema by Women on the work of Joanna Hogg, Lynne Ramsay, Lucile Hadzihalilovic and Celine Sciamma.'

  • LOL My DYSpraxi‪s

    Yo, yo! Happy New Year! We're joined by DJ DYScourse, aka dance artist Aby Watson to chat about neurodivergence, academia, and spacehoppers as praxis. Aby is a PhD researcher at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, her practice-based research embraces her dyslexia/dyspraxia/ADHD to challenge the neuronormativity of dance culture and wider academic structures. She is the founder of the Scottish Neurodiverse Performance Network and her solo work has been seen across the UK and internationally at various venues, including the Southbank Centre (London), Sophiensaele (Berlin), Tramway (Glasgow) and the Millennium Centre (Cardiff).

  • Dick Swiveller’s Festive Caro‪l‬

    We're joined by the absolute LAD, Dr Pete Orford, to discuss one of the most underrepresented straight white men of the Western literary canon: Charles Dickens. Pete the course director of the MA by research in Charles Dickens studies at the University of Buckingham and the author of 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel and our endless attempts to end it'. Most importantly, Pete attended the London premiere of 'The Muppet Christmas Carol'.

  • Napoleonic Flatulence and ABBA Bing‪o

    This week we're joined by BBC New Generation Thinker Dr Emma Butcher! Emma is a gravy-guzzling military historian, who works on children and war. She is an expert in the juvenilia of the Brontë siblings and her recent monograph, 'The Brontës and War', was published earlier this year. She's a wannabe Emily, but identifies as a Charlotte, and she's here to tell us whether or not ABBA were on to something when they stated 'the history book on the shelf is always repeating itself' (Andersson and Ulvaeus: 1974).