Introducing “Pop Theory” (ep. 01)

For the very first episode in this Pop Theory podcast, we will be discussing *drum roll* images, or pictures, or whatever you want to call them. We see them every day, they scroll past us on screens, they take up most of the free spaces around us but do you ever really notice them? Well, we do, and then we analyze them, and then we overanalyze and introduce jargon to make us feel better about ourselves as serious scholars. 

Joining us today as Co-hosts we have:

  • Paras Arora: Second year Master’s candidate and Hans Wilsdorf scholar at the Department of Anthropology & Sociology. Paras has wide-ranging research interests and has most recently conducted ethnographic fieldwork in New Delhi, India around questions of gender, disability and care work. In the past, he has presented his research on Delhi-based feminist, collectives and archivists’ practices of image production and circulation at the Universities of Cambridge, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Singapore, and Delhi. As the UNESCO Aladdin Youth Ambassador for Peace and Intercultural Dialogue, Paras has also worked closely on sexuality, international migration, and religion.
  • Samhita Bharadwaj: First Year Masters Student at IHEID in MIA, specializing in Environment and Sustainability, with a minor in Global Health. A background in Psychology in her Bachelors, she’s aware of the use of images and visual media on cognition and perception.

Presented by: Michelle Olguin Fluckiger

Music: Tu connais Babar by Mocke (CC By-NC-SA)

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Health, Intl. ep. 3: Spanish Flu and the Uses of History with Covid-19

In the third episode of the Health, Intl. podcast, Samhita and Thomas discuss the Spanish flu of 1917-1920, a global pandemic that could provide analogies for the current Covid 19 crisis. They discuss how the Spanish flu has been often forgotten in history, and how the flu compares and contrasts with today’s pandemic.

Listen now.

Episode notes

Featuring: Samhita Bharadwaj & Thomas Gidney

Music: What I Learned from Your Mother, by Elephant Funeral (CC By-NC-ND 4.0)

Picture: Men wearing masks during the Spanish Influenza epidemic / Hommes portant un masque durant l’épidémie de grippe espagnole, 1918. Library and Archives Canada, PA-025025, CC By 2.0.


Spinney, Laura. Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World. 1 edition. New York: PublicAffairs, 2017.

Crosby, Alfred W. America’s Forgotten Pandemic: The Influenza of 1918. Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Oxford, JS, A Sefton, R Jackson, W Innes, RS Daniels, and NPAS Johnson. “World War I May Have Allowed the Emergence of ‘Spanish’ Influenza.” The Lancet Infectious Diseases 2, no. 2 (February 1, 2002): 111–14. 

Cheng, K. F., and P. C. Leung. “What Happened in China during the 1918 Influenza Pandemic?” International Journal of Infectious Diseases 11, no. 4 (July 1, 2007): 360–64.

Langford, Christopher. “Did the 1918–19 Influenza Pandemic Originate in China?” Population and Development Review 31, no. 3 (2005): 473–505. 

Oxford, John S., and Douglas Gill. “A Possible European Origin of the Spanish Influenza and the First Attempts to Reduce Mortality to Combat Superinfecting Bacteria: An Opinion from a Virologist and a Military Historian.” Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics 15, no. 9 (September 2, 2019): 2009–12. 

Careers podcast, ep. 1: Permanent Missions, with Frangela Dorsainville

Frangela Dorsainville got the coveted internship so many people want, working for Haiti’s permanent mission for a semester. She’ll give you all the tips and tricks on how to get there and how to make the best of it. And hopefully, provide a few laughs along the way.

This is the first episode of the Graduate Institute Careers podcast. You can find it through, on Spotify, and from any podcast app using the RSS feed.

Cast: Michelle Olguin Flückliger


  • Regard, by Patryk Skowroński (Unwritten Stories, CC By 3.0)
  • Settling In, by Dexter Britain (Creative Commons vol. 3, CC By-NC-SA 3.0)

Logo: Juliette Denis.

Introducing Geneva Intl. – the Graduate Institute Students’ Podcast Initiative

This is the trailer episode in a series by students of the Graduate Institute, featuring (by order of appearance) Joshua Thew, Michelle Olguin Flückliger, Anna Ploeg, and Samhita Bharadwaj. This series will present the research, initiatives, and lives of students and other partners at the Graduate Institute.

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