Imagine Otherwise by Ideas on Fire

83 EpisodesProduced by Cathy Hannabach

Imagine Otherwise is a podcast by Ideas on Fire about the people and projects bridging art, activism, and academia to build better worlds. Episodes offer in-depth interviews with creators who use culture for social justice, and explore the nitty-gritty work of imagining and creating more just worlds… read more

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Episode 82, Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón

February 13th, 2019


How are women shaking up the global hip hop graffiti scene? What does social justice curation look like? How does feminist graffiti offer vibrant insights into more creative and just worlds?

In episode 82 of the Imagine …

Episode 81, Alyshia Gálvez

January 30th, 2019


What is the link between global trade policies and the food on our plates? How can scholars of globalization and migration translate their work so as …

Episode 80, J. Kēhaulani Kauanui

January 16th, 2019


How can independent media amplify Indigenous politics? What do the politics of land, gender, and sexuality tell us about the paradox of Hawaiian …

Episode 79, Jenny L. Davis

January 2nd, 2019


What does Indigenous language revitalization look like in our contemporary digital age? How might language learning and capacity building work …

Episode 78, Jian Neo Chen

December 19th, 2018


How can a transnational, trans of color aesthetics remake the world? How has transgender studies changed what academic publishing looks like in the …

Episode 77, Aimee Bahng

December 5th, 2018


How might speculative fiction help educators teach gender and ethnic studies to their students? What would it mean to reimagine the Pacific in an …

Episode 76, Craig Santos Perez

November 21st, 2018


How might the world be transformed by honoring Pacific experiences? What can communal storytelling teach us about decolonial ways of knowing? How can …

Episode 75, Macarena Gómez-Barris

November 7th, 2018


What new pathways emerge when we theorize from the undercurrents? How can art challenge the corrosive logics of racial and extractive capitalism? What kind of world can we build by thinking beyond disciplinary …

Episode 74, Veronica Corzo Duchardt

October 24th, 2018


How do we organize truly intersectional artistic collaboration across time and space? What might running a small business teach us about the creative …

Episode 73, Imani Perry

October 10th, 2018


What tools does feminism provide for dismantling domination? What might be possible when our work aligns with what nourishes our spirit? How might we …

Episode 72, Manuela Lavinas Picq

September 26th, 2018


How do Indigenous forms of governance provide models for organizing beyond the state? How might scholars better work alongside of and in the best …

Episode 71, Francesca T. Royster

September 12th, 2018


How does music enable us to dream up a different world? What does respecting your audience look like as a writer? How can we empower young people access to tell stories that matter to them?

In episode 71 of the Imagine …

Episode 70, Stacie Williams

August 29th, 2018


What politics shape information management and access to knowledge? What are the social and environmental implications of ubiquitous digital …

Episode 69, Gayatri Gopinath

August 15th, 2018


Professor Gayatri Gopinath talks about how visual culture allows us to draw alternative cartographies and see things queerly, how diasporic …

Episode 68, Heath Fogg Davis

August 1st, 2018


Do we really need sex classification in our education system, our public restrooms, or our government IDs? How can we alleviate some of the harm that trans and gender-nonconforming people who don't fit into a binary …

Episode 67, Aimi Hamraie

July 18th, 2018


How has the concept of Universal Design and its application to architectural practice changed over the years? Who is left out of design practices that are meant for “everyone”? What if the design industry actually …

Episode 66, Sami Schalk

July 4th, 2018


How does speculative fiction provide us models for more queer, just, and creative futures? How are Black women novelists helping us reimagine what …

Episode 65, Bianca Laureano

June 20th, 2018


How might we create a world where intersectional feminist, sex-positive sex education is the norm? What new avenues of liberation are opened up when we move past a theory vs. practice dichotomy in sexuality education? …

Episode 64, Tavia Nyong'o

June 6th, 2018


Professor Tavia Nyong'o talks about the ongoing project of Black abolition, repurposing social media platforms to create monthly political salons and …

Episode 63, Tina Campt

May 16th, 2018


Professor Tina Campt talks about how listening to images reveals their multisensory and embodied nature, the haptic connections we have to photos, …

Episode 62, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

May 2nd, 2018


Writer and cultural worker Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha discusses the past successes and current challenges of the disability justice movement, …

Episode 61, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

April 18th, 2018


Writer and cultural worker Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha discusses her transformative justice memoir Dirty River, how queer brown and disabled …

Episode 60, Manuel Cuellar

April 4th, 2018


Dancer and professor Manuel Cuellar talks about how queering Mexican folkloric dance lets him create the communities he wants to inhabit, how …

Episode 59, Lynn Comella

March 21st, 2018


Writer and professor Lynn Comella covers the fierce women and queers who jump started the feminist sex toy revolution, how scholars can up their …

Episode 58, Sara Bernstein

March 7th, 2018


Cultural studies scholar and writer Sara Bernstein shares why she started a digital magazine focused on fashion and politics, why public engagement …

Episode 57, Alice Hom

February 21st, 2018


Community builder and historian Alice Y. Hom talks about the political and personal process of starting a history podcast about queer and trans …

Episode 56, Elizabeth Chin

January 31st, 2018


Dancer and ethnographer Elizabeth Chin discusses the simultaneous freedom, fun, and vulnerability inherent in writing about oneself, how dance is …

Episode 55, Shaka McGlotten

January 10th, 2018


Professor Shaka McGlotten talks about the erotic relationship we often have to the things that we study as well as how that always necessitates both desire and loss, how students can harness the power of Afrofuturism …

Episode 54, Yaba Blay

December 13th, 2017


Cultural producer Yaba Blay talks about how beauty culture and colorism shape her publicly engaged approach to scholarship, how being an …

Episode 53, Elicia Gonzales

November 29th, 2017


Sex educator and reproductive justice advocate Elicia Gonzales talks about how reproductive justice organizations can better incorporate …

Episode 52, Karen Tongson

November 15th, 2017


Podcaster and professor Karen Tongson chats about music and its relationship to place, the migratory and melodic flows between Manila and Los Angeles, how the Spice Girls can help us understand Adorno and Horkheimer, …

Episode 51, Aileen Suzara

November 1st, 2017


Chef and eco-educator Aileen Suzara discusses her journey into professional cooking, the familial stories she has uncovered connecting land to …

Episode 50, Lakshmi Ramgopal

October 18th, 2017


Musician and scholar Lakshmi Ramgopal discusses her musical journey through Indian classical Carnatic music, electronica, and Riot Grrrl; her …

Episode 49, Adeline Koh

October 4th, 2017


Adeline Koh discusses her journey from tenured English professor to entrepreneur, how she puts her postcolonial feminist training to work at her …

Episode 48, Yolanda Wisher

September 20th, 2017


Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher discusses how poetry can be a community engagement practice; blending academic, artistic, and activist …

Episode 47, Nia King

September 6th, 2017


Nia King shares how she came to host the podcast We Want the Airwaves, the racial politics of the publishing industry, how she has put her ethnic …

Episode 46, Shanté Paradigm Smalls

August 23rd, 2017


Shanté Paradigm Smalls discusses their journey with Shambhala Buddhist Meditation, their research on the queer collision of race, gender, and …

Episode 45, Tanisha C. Ford

August 9th, 2017


Tanisha C. Ford discusses the cultural and political dimensions of Black fashion, the state of contemporary critical fashion studies and its possible …

Episode 44, Heath Fogg Davis

July 26th, 2017


Heath Fogg Davis shares why almost all sex classification is unnecessary, in everything from bathrooms and IDs to sports and education; how …

Episode 43, Marcella Ernest

July 12th, 2017


Ojibwe video artist and scholar Marcella Ernest shares why complex subjects require complex film techniques, how scholar-artists can use their …

Episode 42, Solomon Enos, Abigail Romanchak, and John Hina

June 28th, 2017


What is the relationship between food insecurity, colonialism, and global warming? How can art intervene in these processes? Native Hawaiian artists …

Episode 41, Rosanna Raymond, Léuli Māzyār Lunaʻi Eshrāghi, and Ricky Tagaban

June 21st, 2017


How can shared space drive artistic, healing collaborations? How can art address global warming, gender identity, ancestral teachings, and the …

Episode 40, Kālewa Correa, Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, and Adriel Luis

June 14th, 2017


What if we designed art exhibitions around social justice community organizing principles? How can collaboration among artists, curators, scholars, …

Episode 39, Lila Sharif

May 31st, 2017


Lila Sharif chats about the role of food in both transnational settler colonialism and resistance to it, how she gets students thinking about their …

Episode 38, Surbhi Malik

May 24th, 2017


Surbhi Malik talks about migrants’ complex place-making practices, mentoring students’ whole selves, how she went from hosting an American music …

Episode 37, Emily Hue

May 17th, 2017


Emily Hue explains how Burmese performance artists navigate the asylum/refugee process, why academics should explore outlets beyond the academic …

Episode 36, Leah Milne

May 10th, 2017


Leah Milne considers how metafictional narratives by authors of color can provide a pedagogy of discomfort, how comics and graphic novels can spur …

Episode 35, Tara Fickle

May 3rd, 2017


Tara Fickle explains why games and literature help us understand racial formation, how she built a video game about WWII Japanese-American …

Episode 34, Karen Jaime

April 5th, 2017


Karen Jaime chats about NYC queer and trans* Puerto Rican poets, how masculine-of-center and butch professors can use the classroom as an …

Episode 33, E. Patrick Johnson

March 22nd, 2017


E. Patrick Johnson shares his creative process, how he translates scholarly ideas into artistic work and vice versa, how Black gay men and women are …

Episode 32, Francisco Galarte

March 7th, 2017


Francisco Galarte considers the racialized politics of style for Chican@ queer and transgender subjects, the classroom as a social justice space, and …

Episode 31, Felami Burgess

February 22nd, 2017


Felami Burgess chats about queer of color media representation, her multimedia and transnational trajectory, how any class on any topic can be an …

Episode 30, Vince Schleitwiler

February 8th, 2017


Vince Schleitwiler talks about liberatory coalitions between Black and Asian communities, how the public humanities have shifted in the context of …

Episode 29, Tala Khanmalek

January 25th, 2017


Tala Khanmalek shares how academics can incorporate healing justice and disability justice into academic workflows, how a holistic approach to …

Episode 28, Zach McDowell

January 11th, 2017


Zach McDowell reviews the relationship between the open access movement and other social justice movements, how decreasing the “digital divide” isn’t the only thing needed for true media justice, and what it really …

Episode 27, Jessie Daniels and Polly Thistlethwaite

December 28th, 2016


Jessie Daniels and Polly Thistlethwaite discuss why so many scholars who are interested in open access publishing are also social justice activists, …

Episode 26, Mimi Khúc & Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis

December 14th, 2016


What does wellness and unwellness look like in the context of Asian America? In the context of academia? Mimi Khúc and Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis discuss how academia can better address parenting, mental health, and …

Episode 25, Mimi Nguyen

November 30th, 2016


Mimi Nguyen addresses imperialist US discourse of debt and freedom repeatedly attached to refugees, how Mimi is drawing unexpected artistic encounters between actor Keanu Reeves and Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön, and why …

Episode 24, Amanda Phillips

November 16th, 2016


Amanda Phillips chats about the politics of video game realism in an era of increasingly visible police violence, why marginalized communities have …

Episode 23, André Pérez

November 2nd, 2016


André Pérez shares his approach to multimedia projects, why he focuses on work that empowers marginalized communities, and how storytelling helps us …

Episode 22, Wazhmah Osman

October 19th, 2016


Wazhmah Osman addresses the politics of memoir, what the trauma of war does to archival research, and her critically acclaimed documentary film, …

Episode 21, Ronak Kapadia

October 5th, 2016


Ronak Kapadia shares how Middle East, Arab, and South Asian artists are using visual culture to critique US empire, the relationship between social …

Episode 20, April Lynn James

September 21st, 2016


April Lynn James addresses how storytelling can help trauma survivors heal, the role of poetry in racial justice struggles, crafting an altac career …

Episode 19, Karma Chávez

September 7th, 2016


Karma Chávez discusses the intersectional politics of migration, how grassroots activism is essential to social change, the power of sound-based …

Episode 18, Minal Hajratwala

August 24th, 2016


How can publishers promote voices from the margins, and how can writers do their part in insisting that their voices are heard? Minal Hajratwala talks about her genre-bending writing style, the joy of coaching other …

Episode 17, Maria Novotny & Elizabeth Walker

August 17th, 2016


Elizabeth Walker and Maria Novotny discuss popular representations of infertility, the common misogynist refrain that tells women they need to “fix” …

Episode 16, Katie Manthey

August 10th, 2016


Katie Manthey talks about feminist fat fashion blogging, running a website about body positivity, and the racially gendered politics of what counts …

Episode 15, Vicko Alvarez

July 27th, 2016


Vicko Alvarez chats about using comics in the K-12 classroom and how she drew on her life to create her two comic series—ScholaR Comics and …

Episode 14, Aishah Shahidah Simmons

July 13th, 2016


How can artists engage with the academy to share cultural work and activism? How is education a form of activism? Aishah Shahidah Simmons discusses …

Episode 13, Amy Sadao

June 29th, 2016


What role do art museums and exhibition institutions play in creating political dialogue? Amy Sadao considers the role of art in social change, how …

Episode 12, Sarah Grey

June 15th, 2016


Sarah Grey talks about using food to create community, editing for social justice, socialist feminist approaches to child care, the tastiness and challenges of food writing, and her weekly radical dinner party Friday …

Episode 11, micha cárdenas

June 1st, 2016


How can we retool science and technology to serve marginalized groups? micha cárdenas discusses using digital media and wearable technologies to …

Episode 10, Nikiko Masumoto

May 18th, 2016


Nikiko Masumoto shares how women of color feminism informs how she runs the Masumoto Family Farm, the rich history of Japanese American farmers in …

Episode 9, Simone Browne

May 4th, 2016


How does the history of slavery shape modern-day surveillance systems? How is privacy inherently gendered and racialized? Simone Browne explains how Black communities have resisted and interfered with the surveillance …

Episode 8, Elizabeth Ellcessor

April 20th, 2016


How can media producers address the varied ways people with diverse disabilities use media and technology? Elizabeth Ellcessor explains why media …

Episode 7, andré carrington

April 6th, 2016


What role does race play in imaginative literary genres like science fiction and fantasy? andré carrington discusses how bringing Black …

Episode 6, Eric Tang

March 23rd, 2016


Eric Tang chats about why the US state resettled Cambodian refugees in historically Black neighborhoods in the 1980s and 1990s, how way urban spaces …

Episode 5, Lauren Rile Smith

March 9th, 2016


Lauren Rile Smith shares her experience directing the feminist and queer circus arts troupe Tangle Movement Arts, how disability and chronic pain …

Episode 4, Margaret Rhee

February 24th, 2016


Margaret Rhee talks about the magic that can happen when one brings art, activism, and academia together; her new poetry book Radio Heart: or, How Robots Fall Out of Love; and what teaching new media classes in prisons …

Episode 3, Aymar Jean Christian

February 10th, 2016


What are the benefits of indie television production for women, queers, and trans people of color? How is the slow speed of collaborative work …

Episode 2, Sarah Sawyers-Lovett

January 27th, 2016


Host Cathy Hannabach interviews Sarah Sawyers-Lovett, who shares her experience writing memoirs about “growing up poor, queer, and lonely in a conservative small town in Virginia”; the power of zines in queer and trans …

Episode 1, Minh-Ha T Pham

January 13th, 2016


How can interdisciplinary scholars decolonize the fashion industry? How does digital fashion labor build on older forms of racially gendered …

Episode 0, Pilot

January 11th, 2016


In this pilot episode, host Cathy Hannabach introduces the Imagine Otherwise podcast, which showcases the people and projects bridging art, activism, and academia to build better worlds. Episodes offer in-depth …

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