COUNTERSIGN is a podcast hosted by Stewart Motha, Professor of Law at Birkbeck. Stewart and guests discuss books, films, and other materials from across disciplines which open new perspectives on law, difference, and plural existence. Subjects covered include the post-human, history, empire, migration, belonging, ecology, and technology. These conversations draw on philosophical and political theories so they can inform our thinking about contemporary challenges and problems. When we read and discuss attentively we think with someone else – we COUNTERSIGN – and something new is born.
The first episode takes Patricia J. Williams’ 1997 BBC Reith Lectures as a point of departure. We discuss the paradoxes of race in the U.S and U.K from then to now. What will gene manipulation, biotechnology, and data gathering bring?