Benefits of Creative Writing - Person sits in a cafe writing in a notebook
June 25, 2019

The Benefits of Creative Writing

How creative writing techniques can deepen classroom discussions, improve academic texts, and expand your own scholarly thinking.

How to Move to a New City (Again) and Settle In - House keys stuck in a front door
June 24, 2019

How to Move to a New City (Again) and Settle In

Learn how to move to a new city, settle in, and make any place feel like home—no matter how contingent the position or temporary the stay.

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June 19, 2019

Imagine Otherwise: Tania Lizarazo on Listening and Learning in Public

Cathy Hannabach chats with professor Tania Lizarazo about digital storytelling, collaborative research, and listening and learning together in public.

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June 11, 2019

The Brave New World of Remote Online Teaching

An overview of online remote teaching opportunities for PhDs seeking more flexibility and options in their teaching careers.

Your Public Voice - Multicolored books on shelves. Text reads: Dismantle Magazine presents an online workshop co-sponsored by Ideas on Fire on Your Public Voice. July 8–31, 2019"
June 7, 2019

Your Public Voice: An Online Writing Workshop by Dismantle Magazine

3-week online workshop for scholars wanting to build their public scholarship profile, reach wider and more diverse audiences, and get paid for their work.

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June 5, 2019

Imagine Otherwise: Alix Olson on Transitioning from Performer to Professor

Host Cathy Hannabach interviews poet and professor Alix Olson about career transitions, pedagogy, queer kinship, and the limits of resilience.

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May 22, 2019

Imagine Otherwise: Ebony Elizabeth Thomas on Leaving No One Behind

Cathy Hannabach chats with professor and young adult novelist Ebony Elizabeth Thomas about the power of children's literature and speculative fiction.

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May 20, 2019

How to Do Meaningful Community-Engaged Scholarship and Teaching

Learn best practices for doing community-engaged scholarship and teaching, including answers to those thorny ethical questions often provoked by this work.

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May 14, 2019

A Farewell to Ibid.: Editing Footnotes at ACES

Tips on editing footnotes and endnotes, helping authors decide between them, keeping up with citation style changes, and curbing overcitation.

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May 8, 2019

Imagine Otherwise: Dennis Norris II on QTPOC Literary Worlds

Cathy Hannabach talks with author, editor, and podcast co-host Dennis Norris II about the writing process, making publishing more accessible, and difference as a source of strength.

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April 30, 2019

Mental Health in Academia: How Departments Can Support Faculty, Staff, and Students

Strategies and tactics for improving mental health in academia by providing resources to students, faculty, and staff and prioritizing wellness.

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April 24, 2019

Imagine Otherwise: Jenn M. Jackson on Black Feminist Love and Community Building

Cathy Hannabach chats with Teen Vogue columnist and political scientist Jenn M. Jackson about Black millennial podcasting, Black feminism, public scholarship, and justice as love in public.

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April 22, 2019

Resisting Academic Busyness and Taking Weekends Off

Strategies to avoid the siren song of academic busyness, preserve your time, and finally take those weekends off—for real.

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April 10, 2019

Imagine Otherwise: Larisa Kingston Mann on DJ Dreams and Radical Publics

Cathy Hannabach interviews Larisa Kingston Mann about radical music communities and copyright law, Jamaican popular music, and activist accountability.

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March 27, 2019

Imagine Otherwise: Nadine Hubbs on Listening Queerly

Cathy Hannabach interviews Nadine Hubbs about listening queerly, Latinx millennials' relationship to American country music, and musical community.

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March 25, 2019

Surviving Job Burnout in the Academy and Beyond

Strategies for surviving job burnout in the academy and beyond, including continuing on when you'd rather do just about anything else.

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March 19, 2019

Using Recursive Outlines for Writing

How to use recursive outlines for writing projects to keep your writing on track while also making room for your ideas to evolve.

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March 13, 2019

Imagine Otherwise: Marisol LeBrón on an Anti-Colonial Abolitionist Praxis

Cathy Hannabach interviews Marisol LeBrón about policing and US colonialism in Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria's impact on research, and prison abolition.

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March 11, 2019

A Farewell to Ibid.: Editing Endnotes and Footnotes at ACES

Part instructional session, part love letter to literature's favorite hangers-on. How to edit, use, and love footnotes and endnotes.

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March 5, 2019

Turning a Side Project into a Career: A Peek Behind the Scenes with Dismantle

A behind-the-scenes look at how Dismantle Magazine co-founders Elise Chatelain and Sara Tatyana Bernstein are turning their side project into a career.

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February 27, 2019

Imagine Otherwise: Jade S. Sasser on Reproductive Justice and Climate Change

Cathy Hannabach interviews Jade S. Sasser about the reproductive justice movement, climate change activism, and interdisciplinary creativity.

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February 19, 2019

Teaching Students How to Use Archival Sources

How archival sources can enrich the learning experience and tips on creating assignments that show the political and intellectual stakes of the archive.

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February 18, 2019

Making Career Decisions in an Era of Uncertainty

How to make career decisions in an era of uncertainty and with limited information, and learn to live with those choices even as circumstances change.

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February 13, 2019

Imagine Otherwise: Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón on Women Graffiti Artists

Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón talks about women graffiti writers, curation as social justice, and the importance of solidarity across the Puerto Rican diaspora.

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February 5, 2019

How to Write a Great Speaker or Author Bio

How to write a great author bio or speaker bio that introduces you to specific audiences and brings in professional opportunities.

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January 30, 2019

Imagine Otherwise: Alyshia Gálvez on NAFTA and Transnational Food Justice

Alyshia Gálvez on NAFTA's destruction of public health in Mexico, the need for public intellectuals, immigrant rights activism, and why we should dream big.

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January 22, 2019

Daily Self-Care Practices for Your Wellness Routine

Easy daily self-care practices to treat yourself with kindness, move a little slower, and find comfort amidst your personal and professional lives.

Academic Politics for New & Contingent Faculty, blog - Icebergs in cold waters
January 21, 2019

Academic Politics for New and Contingent Faculty

Help navigating academic politics for new and contingent faculty, including finding allies, trusting colleagues, and knowing when to stay out of it.

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January 16, 2019

Imagine Otherwise: J. Kēhaulani Kauanui on Hawaiian Sovereignty

J. Kēhaulani Kauanui on Hawaiian sovereignty, independent media, consent politics, and the solidarities between anarchist and Indigenous movements.

Why & How to Write a Book Review - Stack of books with eyeglasses on top
January 8, 2019

Why and How to Write a Book Review

How to write a book review that works for your own research and goals, as well as why scholars should write them to build intellectual community.

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January 2, 2019

Imagine Otherwise: Jenny L. Davis on Indigenous Language Revitalization

Jenny L. Davis on Chickasaw language revitalization, Indigenous language activism, and building a world where all Indigenous people get to become elders.

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December 19, 2018

Imagine Otherwise: Jian Neo Chen on Trans of Color Art and Activism

Jian Neo Chen discusses the histories & futures of transgender studies publishing and drawing academic inspiration from art & activism.

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December 17, 2018

Wellness for Academics, Scholars, and Other Cultural Workers

Wellness for academics, scholars, & cultural workers, including fitting exercise, healthy food, laughter, and joy into a busy schedule.

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December 11, 2018

2018 Year in Review: A Year of Connection

Ideas on Fire's 2018 year in review, including client projects, live shows, workshops, conferences, and podcast episodes.

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December 5, 2018

Imagine Otherwise: Aimee Bahng on Speculating from the Undercommons

Aimee Bahng talks about speculative fiction, queer of color feminist futures, challenging US colonialism across the Pacific, and the racist origins of statistics.

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November 21, 2018

Imagine Otherwise: Craig Santos Perez on a Decolonial and Demilitarized Pacific

Craig Santos Perez talks about poetry as a social justice practice, communal storytelling, and the movement for a decolonial and demilitarized Pacific.

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November 19, 2018

Navigating Imposter Syndrome and Other Insecurities

Navigating imposter syndrome and other insecurities to regain confidence, free up mental space for work, and feel at home where you are.

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November 13, 2018

How to Put Your Interdisciplinary Training to Work in an Editing Career

Interdisciplinary scholars often make fantastic academic editors. Here’s how you can get started building an interdisciplinary editing career.

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November 7, 2018

Imagine Otherwise: Macarena Gómez-Barris on Fighting Extractive Capitalism

Macarena Gómez-Barris talks about using art to fight extractive capitalism beyond the state, the politics of translation, and working in and with community.

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November 6, 2018

Join us for a Succeeding Outside the Academy Book Party and Discussion!

Join us for a book launch party and discussion to celebrate the publication of Succeeding Outside the Academy: Career Paths beyond the Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM.

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October 30, 2018

5 Things Professional Book Indexers Wish Authors Knew

A great index is a work of art, helping readers find what they need. Here are 5 things professional book indexers wish authors knew about the process.

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October 24, 2018

Imagine Otherwise: Veronica Corzo-Duchardt on Art Between Worlds

Veronica Corzo-Duchardt talks about architectural surfaces, her research-based art practice, and the importance of intersectional creative collaboration.

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October 22, 2018

Social Media for Academics: Learn the Ropes

How to manage social media for academics wanting to build their careers, publish scholarship, foster community, and improve their research.

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October 16, 2018

Footnotes, Endnotes, and the Authorial Conversation

Whether poetic, snarky, informative, or scandalous, footnotes forge complex social bonds between readers, authors, and editors.

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October 10, 2018

Imagine Otherwise: Imani Perry on Love as an Ethic

Feminist scholar Imani Perry discusses critiquing patriarchy, academic productivity and self-care, and her fierce commitment to personal and social ethics.

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September 27, 2018

International Podcast Day 2018: How We’re Celebrating

Celebrate International Podcast Day by listening to your favorite episodes of the Imagine Otherwise podcast!

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September 26, 2018

Imagine Otherwise: Manuela Lavinas Picq on Indigenous Futures

Manuela Lavinas Picq talks about Indigenous Kichwa women in international politics, being a scholar in the Global South, and imagining Indigenous futures.

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September 24, 2018

Teaching Techniques to Save You Time and Energy

Teaching takes up as much time as we let it. But how do we save time without shortchanging students? Learn teaching techniques to save you time and energy.

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September 18, 2018

Embracing Academic Seasonality and Rhythms

Embracing the seasonality of academic life can mean more creativity, productivity, and inspiration while also avoiding burnout.

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September 12, 2018

Imagine Otherwise: Francesca T. Royster on Writing Courageously

Professor and writer Francesca T. Royster discusses the queer afterlives of soul music, her formidable family histories, and the power of storytelling.