When COVID-19 took hold of the world seven months ago, it caused a retrenchment of life unlike anything the world has ever seen. Seeking refuge at home, many people found solace and distraction in binge watching movies and television, putting streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime at the heart of essential services for the survival of the great quarantine of 2020.

But, not unlike some dystopic nightmare found on Netflix’s Black Mirror, our experience of entertainment is not apolitical. In many ways the political assumptions of our modes entertainment, and the streaming services we use to access this content, is arguably more important than its ever been, as all eyes are currently – for better or worse – gazing in the same direction.

What are the politics of Netflix and its myriad of content, and how does the political assumptions of the films, television shows and documentaries we consume impact our own political reality? These questions and more will tackled in a unique first year seminar that will be held in the winter semester here at Carleton by Professor Mira Sucharov.

A world-renowned expert in the politics of Israel and Palestine and prolific author of scholarship and media alike, Professor Sucharov is one of the most beloved members of our community here at the Department of Political Science at Carleton University. Last week Professor Sucharov also achieved a major publication milestone with the release of ‘Borders and Belonging’, a memoir capturing her experiences in activism and academia in Canada, Israel and beyond.

As she celebrates the release of her new book, we talk with Professor Mira Sucharov about the task of writing memoirs, the importance of engaged scholarship and the politics of Netflix on this week’s episode of the Carleton University Political Science Podcast.