Cathryn van Kessel

By Nicholas Ng-A-Fook

In this sixth episode, Dr. Ng-A-Fook interviews Dr. Cathryn van Kessel, also known as @DrEvilAcademic in relation to her work at the University of Alberta. During their conversation, Dr. van Kessel shares her perspectives on terror management theory (TMT) in relation to the politics of coping with existential threat during a pandemic. She discusses some of the following concepts: love of history, living in Alberta, our mortality, encountering worldviews, fetishizing fear, genocide, assimilation, derogation, annihilation, tolerance, DJ-ing interdisciplinary studies, existential antiracist theory, ideas on evil and death, species humility, Ernest Becker, Alain Badiou, Hannah Arendt, being a weird academic, feeling gross, a caring classroom, and so much more.