‘Trading places’ in academia and ‘rebellion through conformity’; Nostalgia podcast with Murray Smith

In the latest episode of the Nostalgia podcast series, Chris Deacy, Reader in Theology and Religious Studies, interviews Murray Smith, Professor of Film in the School of Arts.

Chris and Murray talk about the concept of ‘trading places’ in academia, how love is part of how Murray ended up at Kent, and whether he’d be the same person now if he had made different choices at 18.

The pair go on to talk about Murray’s experiences growing up in Potters Bar, the concepts of ‘Protestant frugality’ and ‘rebellion through conformity’, trying to distinguish memories from old photos, the importance of music (including ‘Virginia Plain’ and punk), going to university in Liverpool, and why Murray is more of an aesthetician than a strictly film scholar these days.

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