Always Already Announcements!: New Co-Host and Schedule Changes

Dearest Listeners and Friends, we have some news to announce.

First of all, give a hearty welcome to our newest co-host, James Padilioni, Jr.! You know him from his guest co-hosting gig and podcast interview (and his short bio at the end of this post), and now you know him as the newest co-host of the Always Already Podcast as he officially becomes part of the team (although of course he was always already part of the team). We are absolutely thrilled that James is joining us.


Second of all, we’re going to be instituting some changes to the episode format and schedule.  The text discussion episodes you’ve come to know and love will stay the same, but will be released every 3 weeks. In between these episodes will be a BRAND NEW series/format of episodes, which James will be leading. These episodes, tentatively dubbed Epistemic Unruliness (we are open to suggestions!) will feature regular interviews with activists, artists, scholars, scholar-activist, poet-scholars, and the like. We’ve got plenty of ideas for these, but if you’d to suggest any person/people/organization/project, drop us a line. These episodes will come out regularly, on a schedule in between the text discussion episodes.

James will also be joining us for text discussion episodes whenever he has the chance to be in NYC.

The next text discussion episode will be out next week – on Frank B. Wilderson III’s Red, White, and Black – and the first Epistemic Unruliness/other-ly named episode will be out the subsequent week.

James Padilioni, Jr. is a 4th year PhD student in American Studies and teaching fellow at the College of William and Mary. His research interests include the religious and aesthetic practices of the African Diaspora, with a focus on Black musics, performance, and Catholicism in Afro-Latino and African-American contexts, as well as the politics of self-making and the ethnogenesis of Blackness. His dissertation project will be part ethnography, part history, and part critical race theory,  and will focus upon the fractal manifestations of the cult of St. Martin de Porres – the first saint from the Americas of African descent –  in disjunct contexts throughout the Caribbean, North and South America. In his “spare” time, he can usually be found reading, reading, preparing syllabi, reading, or, when unburdened by a schedule, playing the piano, binging Netflix, or looking for shooting stars in his backyard.

Ep. 26 – Afro-Pessimism and Black Optimism

***Update 1/17/18: Transcript available here (transcribed by Scott McLellan)***

Special guest co-host James Padilioni, Jr. joins B and John to discuss several works in the vital, burgeoning discourses of Afro-Pessimism and Black Optimism. Join us as we talk about texts from Jared Sexton, Hortense Spillers, Fred Moten, Saidiya Hartman, and Frank B. Wilderson III. After overviewing major arguments and stakes of these discourses, we discuss black social life and black social death, ‘the political’ and whether lived experience remains a valid category, the relationship between blackness and critical theory, resistance and performance, and more.  Not to mention dream analysis about a labyrinthian journey and its obstacles, and advice about a potentially-racist office mate.

Thanks to James and to Eric T. for suggesting these readings. Requests for texts for us to discuss? Dreams for us to interpret? Advice questions for us to answer? Email us at alwaysalreadypodcast AT gmail DOT com. Subscribe on iTunes. Like our Facebook page. Get the mp3 of the episode here. RSS feed here. This episode’s music by Jordan Cass and by B.

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James Padilioni, Jr.

James Padilioni, Jr.