Carla Nappi on Creative Academic Work

Welcome to the first episode of our second season of the Ways of Knowing podcast. On today’s episode Dr. Carla Nappi, a historian of the pre-modern world, joins 2020 Wall Scholar Dr. Carrie Jenkins to discuss what happens when academic scholarship and creative art practice collide, and the experience of collaborating across disciplinary and other boundaries.

Dr. Nappi is Andrew Mellon Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh, and her most recent book is Translating Early Modern China: Illegible Cities (OUP 2021). She and Dr. Jenkins are long-standing academic and artistic collaborators. Their co-authored book of poetry, Uninvited: Talking Back to Plato, was published in 2020 by McGill Queens University Press.

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Links to content mentioned in this episode:

Dr. Nappi’s books Translating Early Modern China: Illegible Cities and The Monkey and the Inkpot: Natural History and Its Transformations in Early Modern China

Dr. Jenkins and Dr. Nappi’s book Uninvited: Talking Back to Plato

Seamus Heaney reading his poem on Tollund Man

Writing Home: Spatial allegories in the poetry of Seamus Heaney and Paul Muldoon by Christopher T. Malone:

More information on first generation students in higher education

More information on existential crisis, and meaning in life.

More information about Dr. Nappi and her scholarly art practice visit: www.carlanappi.com

More information about Dr. Jenkins visit: www.carriejenkins.net

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