Launch of the Teddie Podcast by the Oxford Critical Theory Network

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We are absolutely thrilled to launch the TORCH Oxford Critical Theory Network’s podcast series Teddie Cast! Named after Theodor (Teddie) Adorno, the theorist who once studied at Merton College, Teddie Cast will act as a space to discuss the various topics our network has been exploring in the last two years – and more! From thinking about what it means to read, to learning about Jewish scholars who studied at British universities during the Third Reich, we hope to offer food for thought to our listeners in each episode.

Considering TORCH’s move to digital at this moment in time, it is apt that our first ever episode will be reflecting on the current lockdown. Our host and network convenor Lillian Hingley (DPhil English, Oxford) was inspired by the various quarantine podcasts offered by The Paris Institute for Critical Thinking (PICT). We consequently decided to record a special episode that reflected on one person’s thoughts on their experience of lockdown. So please grab a cup of tea and prepare to be taken on a brief journey through Theodor Adorno’s experience of exile, the aphorisms he wrote at Oxford, and what he might have thought of Lillian’s use of the game Animal Crossing: New Horizons as a coping mechanism.

Please watch this space for further episodes in our series. Additionally, if you would be interested in contributing to an episode of Teddie Cast, please email us at You can also visit our website and follow our Twitter to see the kind of topics we have covered so far.


Lillian Hingley
Convenor of the TORCH Oxford Critical Theory Network
Host of Teddie Cast