Imagine Otherwise by Ideas on Fire
A podcast about bridging art, activism, and academia to build more just futures. On each episode, host Cathy Hannabach interviews the scholars, dancers, authors, artists, and filmmakers imagining collective freedom and creating it through culture.
info_outline Christopher Persaud on Creating Balance to Avoid Burnout 09/16/2020
Christopher Persaud on Creating Balance to Avoid Burnout Building rest and recovery into our schedules is more important than ever and requires managing projects with balance in mind.
info_outline Koritha Mitchell on Homemade Citizenship 09/02/2020
Koritha Mitchell on Homemade Citizenship How might the history of Black women’s homemaking and citizenship practices help us navigate our current political and cultural moment? Host Cathy Hannabach interviews cultural critic and professor Koritha Mitchell about the history of Black women’s citizenship and achievement, how this history shapes academic life, what running and writing teach us about success, and why centering self-love is how Koritha imagines otherwise.
info_outline Kishonna Gray on Teaching and Parenting in a Pandemic 08/19/2020
Kishonna Gray on Teaching and Parenting in a Pandemic How can academic parents juggle educating both their students and their children in the era of COVID-19? Host Cathy Hannabach and digital media professor Kishonna Gray discuss building feminist learning experiences that privilege experimentation, how academic parents and non-parents can structure working from home around their unique needs, and why approaching work and life from an ethics of care is how Kishonna imagines otherwise.
info_outline Adrienne Shaw on Accessible Online Teaching by Design 08/05/2020
Adrienne Shaw on Accessible Online Teaching by Design How can we build accessible online courses in the middle of a pandemic? Host Cathy Hannabach interviews media studies professor Adrienne Shaw about building assignments that enable students to participate in diverse ways; why online teaching is often more accessible for faculty with chronic pain and other disabilities; and why creating accessible education systems by design rather than exception is how Adrienne imagines otherwise.
info_outline Dorinne Kondo on Reparative Creativity 06/24/2020
Dorinne Kondo on Reparative Creativity How can theater help us remake the world? In episode 114 of Imagine Otherwise, host Cathy Hannabach interviews Dorinne Kondo about how Asian American theater companies are reshaping liveness in the context of COVID-19, the role of performance in protests against the state-sponsored killing of Black people, and why theorizing a new relationship to vulnerability is how Dorinne imagines otherwise.
info_outline Ani Maitra on Media and Identity in the Public Sphere 06/11/2020
Ani Maitra on Media and Identity in the Public Sphere The mediated politics of identity have animated diverse social movements across the globe and long fascinated today’s guest: media scholar Ani Maitra.
info_outline Zakiyyah Iman Jackson on Black Feminist Interdisciplinarity 05/27/2020
Zakiyyah Iman Jackson on Black Feminist Interdisciplinarity What would happen if we threw out the boundaries between academic disciplines? Host Cathy Hannabach interviews feminist scholar Zakiyyah Iman Jackson about the historical and current role of blackness in defining the human, how black feminist interdisciplinarity is necessary to resist complex social violences, and why helping art and scholarship foment minor revolutions is how Zakiyyah imagines otherwise.
info_outline Porchia Moore on Cultural Heritage and Collective Freedom 05/13/2020
Porchia Moore on Cultural Heritage and Collective Freedom How does cultural heritage help us shape what collective freedom looks, sounds, and feels like? Host Cathy Hannabach interviews museum visionary Porchia Moore about the radical librarians and museum workers making cultural institutions accessible during social distancing, how race and class shape who feels at home in museums, and why reclaiming African Americans’ relationship to nature is how Porchia imagines otherwise.
info_outline Juana María Rodríguez and Emma Pérez on Writing Partnerships 04/29/2020
Juana María Rodríguez and Emma Pérez on Writing Partnerships How might the bonds forged through collaborative writing sustain us in this difficult time? Host Cathy Hannabach talks with Juana María Rodríguez and Emma Pérez about writing as a cultivated practice built on queer intimacy and mutual support. Long-term writing partners Juana and Emma show us what it means to trust someone else with our words and how to hold space for another over time, distance, and radical change.
info_outline Hunter Vaughan on the Ecological Impact of Media Technologies 04/15/2020
Hunter Vaughan on the Ecological Impact of Media Technologies The stories we consume through screens and the material production of our devices have complex, interwoven histories. Host Cathy Hannabach interviews environmental media scholar Hunter Vaughan about Hollywood's role in climate change, the importance of interdisciplinary science communication in an era of uncertainty, and building a media industry with more transparency, accountability, and intersectionality.
info_outline Miriam Zoila Pérez on Reproductive Justice and Community in Precarious Times 04/01/2020
Miriam Zoila Pérez on Reproductive Justice and Community in Precarious Times Host Cathy Hannabach chats with writer, podcaster, and reproductive justice activist Miriam Zoila Pérez about the racially gendered politics of reproductive health, the intimacy of podcasting in the context of community formation, and why building a world where everyone can create the family of their choosing is how Pérez imagines otherwise.
info_outline Meghnaa Tallapragada on Science in the Public Sphere 03/18/2020
Meghnaa Tallapragada on Science in the Public Sphere Host Cathy Hannabach interview science communication studies professor Meghnaa Tallapragada about why interdisciplinarity is crucial to effective public engagement, how colorism shapes transnational public marketing discourses, how we can apply lessons from our creative pursuits to our work lives without turning every hobby into research, and why building a world where all can be seen and heard is how Meghnaa imagines otherwise.
info_outline Rebecca Wanzo on Visibility and African American Comics 03/04/2020
Rebecca Wanzo on Visibility and African American Comics What role have Black cartoonists played in the history of superheroes, newspaper funnies, and graphic novels? Host Cathy Hannabach interviews gender studies professor Rebecca Wanzo about why Black cartoonists have turned to caricature to resist racist stereotypes, how progressive movements have harnessed visual culture, and why teaching students how to see the world differently is how Rebecca imagines otherwise.
info_outline Sasha Costanza-Chock on Design Justice 02/19/2020
Sasha Costanza-Chock on Design Justice How can putting marginalized people at the center of design and technology change the world? Host Cathy Hannabach and design justice advocate Sasha Costanza-Chock how social movements have been erased from mainstream storytelling about innovations like Twitter; how researchers, media makers, and community activists can develop mutually beneficial projects; and why valuing things that don’t scale is how Sasha imagines otherwise.
info_outline Elizabeth Wayne and Christine "Xine" Yao on Podcasting Across the STEM/Humanities Divide 02/05/2020
Elizabeth Wayne and Christine "Xine" Yao on Podcasting Across the STEM/Humanities Divide What happens when a biomedical engineer and a literary studies scholar set out to produce a podcast about academia, culture, and social justice across the STEM/humanities divide?
info_outline Christopher B. Patterson on Writing as Resistance and Refusal 01/22/2020
Christopher B. Patterson on Writing as Resistance and Refusal Host Cathy Hannabach chats with novelist, podcaster, and scholar Christopher B. Patterson about why Chris prefers writing novels and scholarly books in pairs and how they inform one another, how we can approach all of our work as passion projects and why we might want to do so, the power of names and publishing under different names to reach different audiences, and why a politics of refusal is how Chris imagines otherwise.
info_outline Amy Lam on Feminist Travel Writing 01/08/2020
Amy Lam on Feminist Travel Writing Cathy Hannabach interviews podcaster, travel writer, and journalist Amy Lam about the power of feminist podcasting, how histories of race and colonialism shape the ways different women of color approach leisure travel, how to write travel stories that ditch the cis white guy tropes for more political and accessible forms, and why drawing inspiration from her childhood dreams of a more just future is how Amy imagines otherwise.
info_outline Malinda Maynor Lowery on Lumbee Storytelling 12/11/2019
Malinda Maynor Lowery on Lumbee Storytelling Host Cathy Hannabach interviews Lumbee historian and documentary filmmaker Malinda Maynor Lowery about how she weaves together family stories with official documents to tell a new history of the Lumbee Nation, using film documentary to expand definitions of what counts as Southern cuisine, the role of food in Indigenous sovereignty movements, and why valuing a world forever in community is how Malinda imagines otherwise.
info_outline Cathy Hannabach on 3 Years of Imagine Otherwise 11/20/2019
Cathy Hannabach on 3 Years of Imagine Otherwise This is the 100th episode of Imagine Otherwise! Host Cathy Hannabach reflects on the past 3 years of interviewing artists, filmmakers, chefs, dancers, authors, poets, teachers, scholars, and movement leaders about how they combine art, activism, and academia to build more just worlds.
info_outline Kiki Petrosino on Writing from the Body 11/06/2019
Kiki Petrosino on Writing from the Body Host Cathy Hannabach interviews Pushcart Prize–winning poet Kiki Petrosino about the role of the racialized and gendered body in her newest book Witch Wife, how Kiki teaches her students to wrestle with the histories buried in the land they’re on, why culture and art are such powerful ways to do public intellectualism, and how building a world full of conversations is how Kiki imagines otherwise.
info_outline Fobazi Ettarh on the Limits of Vocational Awe 10/23/2019
Fobazi Ettarh on the Limits of Vocational Awe Host Cathy Hannabach interviews librarian Fobazi Ettarh about what it means to be a radical librarian, how vocational awe limits solidarity options in libraries and academia, how progressive archivists and librarians of color are stitching critical race and feminist theory into the very fabric of knowledge repositories, and why demanding the impossible is a crucial way Fobazi imagines otherwise.
info_outline Melody Jue on Thinking Through Seawater 10/09/2019
Melody Jue on Thinking Through Seawater Host Cathy Hannabach interviews professor and scuba diver Melody Jue about how she uses scuba diving as a humanities research methodology and method of interpretation, how scuba offers a less terrestrially biased model of feminist standpoint epistemology, and why Melody turns to kelp and other seaweeds for radical models of hope and climate justice.
info_outline Sarah Stefana Smith on a Poetics and Politics of Bafflement 09/25/2019
Sarah Stefana Smith on a Poetics and Politics of Bafflement Host Cathy Hannabach talks with artist and scholar Sarah Stefana Smith about how Sarah uses a poetics and politics of bafflement to trace how Black art takes shape across national borders, the pleasures and challenges of artistic collaborations in both the short and the long term, and why troubling easy assumptions about mending and making amends is how Sarah imagines otherwise.
info_outline Anthony Romero on Sound and Socially Engaged Art 08/14/2019
Anthony Romero on Sound and Socially Engaged Art Host Cathy Hannabach interviews artist, writer, and educator Anthony Romero about bringing socially engaged art into the classroom, the politics of building Latinx artist retreats within and beyond institutions, and why intervening in the sonic color line is a key part of how Anthony imagines otherwise.
info_outline Emilly Prado on Making Space for Creativity 07/31/2019
Emilly Prado on Making Space for Creativity Host Cathy Hannabach interviews Journalist and educator Emilly Prado about the complicated politics of assimilation, how to shift your voice when writing across genres and formats, the ways Latinx DJs are cultivating new music spaces, and why documenting the vibrant Black and Brown arts and activist scenes in Portland is how Emilly imagines otherwise.
info_outline Amber Jamilla Musser on Valuing Embodied Knowledge 07/17/2019
Amber Jamilla Musser on Valuing Embodied Knowledge Host Cathy Hannabach interviews feminist scholar Amber Jamilla Musser about how abstraction and materiality work together in the context of racialized sexuality; why the art/activism/academia braid for Amber really comes down to the politics of embodiment; how to navigate credit, voice, and schedules when co-authoring with another writer; and why valuing and highlighting embodied knowledge is key to how Amber imagines otherwise.
info_outline Sandra Ruiz on Resetting the Colonial Clock 07/03/2019
Sandra Ruiz on Resetting the Colonial Clock Curator, performer, and scholar Sandra Ruiz talks about the radical ways that Puerto Rican artists, performers and activists are resetting the colonial clock, what it means to use language to restage historical performances in the present, how Sandra mobilizes everyday absurdity in her theater and gallery curatorial work, and why imagining otherwise is one of the most powerful tools of insurgency and decolonization.
info_outline Tania Lizarazo on Listening and Learning Together 06/19/2019
Tania Lizarazo on Listening and Learning Together Professor Tania Lizarazo talks about how digital storytelling lets her build transnational community and accountability in deeply local spaces, the very different process of doing collaborative research that actively enriches the lives of everyone involved (not just the lives of scholars in the academy), and why being willing to listen and learn together in public is how Tania imagines otherwise.
info_outline Alix Olson on Transitioning from Performer to Professor 06/05/2019
Alix Olson on Transitioning from Performer to Professor Host Cathy Hannabach interviews poet, performer, and professor Alix Olson about Alix's transition from internationally touring spoken word poet to gender studies professor, the limits of resilience as an organizing strategy and what we might mobilize around instead, how artists can adapt their skills to the classroom, and why centering humor, laughter, and expansive practices of family are key to how Alix imagines otherwise.
info_outline Ebony Elizabeth Thomas on Leaving No One Behind 05/22/2019
Ebony Elizabeth Thomas on Leaving No One Behind Professor and novelist Ebony Elizabeth Thomas chats about why YA fantasy and speculative fiction is so popular with adults and media companies alike in our current moment, her recommendations for speculative fiction by and about people of color, how writing in creative genres can enliven scholarship, and why studying, championing, and creating children’s literature that leaves no one behind is how Ebony imagines otherwise.