Welcome to Ideas on Fire, an academic publishing and consulting agency

helping interdisciplinary, progressive academics

write and publish awesome texts, enliven public conversations, and

create more just worlds.

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Ronak Kapadia
Ronak Kapadia

Writing is such a solitary enterprise. Working with Ideas on Fire was an oasis, an opportunity to receive affirming, consistent, and constructive feedback on my writing from a knowledgable but impartial source. As someone who has experimented (and benefited from) multiple sources of writing accountability in the past, working with Ideas on Fire on my first book was one of the most rewarding experiences because of the consistency and feedback I received.

— Ronak Kapadia, author of Insurgent Aesthetics: Race, Security, and the Sensorial Life of Empire

 

Lynn Comella
Lynn Comella

Handing over my book’s index to Ideas on Fire was one of the best decisions I made. Knowing that the index was in the hands of professionals allowed me to focus on my page proofs without the additional stress of compiling one on my own. The Ideas on Fire team really understand the value of a well-crafted index and the role it plays for readers. But more than this, they know how to compile one that is detailed, comprehensive, and academically robust.

— Lynn Comella, author of Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure

On the Imagine Otherwise podcast

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Imagine Otherwise: Shaka McGlotten on the Erotics of Inquiry

January 10, 2018 Podcast

Professor and artist 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 and speculation to combat white supremacy and climate change, and how queer and trans communities of color can use voguing, drag, and what Shaka calls "Black Data" to imagine and create new worlds.

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Yaba Blay

Imagine Otherwise: Yaba Blay on Everyday Black Girl Magic

December 13, 2017 Podcast

Cultural producer Yaba Blay talks about how beauty culture and colorism shape her publicly engaged approach to scholarship, how being an insider/outsider in the academy allows one to enact broad social change, the importance of meeting students where they’re at, and how her celebration of everyday #BlackGirlMagic is how she imagines otherwise.

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Elicia Gonzales

Imagine Otherwise: Elicia Gonzales on Reproductive Justice and Latinx Queer Advocacy

November 29, 2017 Podcast

Sex educator and reproductive justice advocate Elicia Gonzales talks about how reproductive justice organizations can better incorporate intersectionality (and why they should), the role of Latinx and other queer of color movements in Philadelphia’s radical history, why pleasure is a right not a privilege, and why she puts listening at the center of how she imagines otherwise.

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Shanté Paradigm Smalls
Shanté Paradigm Smalls

Before working with Ideas on Fire I felt good about my project but knew it needed the keen eye of outside readers who really had time to consider its merits and weaknesses. After getting developmental editing by Ideas on Fire, I feel much more confident about my project. The questions, suggestions, and probes are so helpful that I feel a sense of buoyancy about my project. I have more direction and clarity.

— Shanté Paradigm Smalls, author of Hip Hop Heresies: Queer Aesthetics in New York City

Tala Khanmalek
Tala Khanmalek

I can’t overestimate how helpful it was for me to work with IoF as a first generation scholar of color in particular. Even though I knew the main problem with my book proposal (it was about two different books instead of one), Ideas on Fire’s confirmation, guidance, and publisher report—as well as affirmation—were key. I’m now revising my book proposal to focus on one book, which has shed a lot of light on my revision plans. I also plan to work with IoF again on the manuscript.

— Tala Khanmalek, author of Living Laboratories: Remapping the Legacy of Experiments in American Empire

On the Blog

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Leading a Great Discussion Section

January 23, 2018 Blog

Discussion sections are an important opportunity for students to build on their understanding of course lecture content. How can you lead a great one?

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Setting Your Writing Routine

January 22, 2018 Blog

Finding time to write is a challenge for many of us academics, even though it is ostensibly our main job. This webinar will discuss practical strategies for setting writing routines that actually work to get words on the page.

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How to Create Realistic Writing Deadlines

January 9, 2018 Blog

So much of academic writing lacks the deadline that pushes us to get it done. Learn how to create realistic short and long term writing deadlines to help meet big writing goals.

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