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Imagine Otherwise

Art  +  Activism  +  Academia

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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.

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    Anusha Kedhar wearing a grey shirt and resting her chin on her hand
    October 14, 2020

    Imagine Otherwise: Anusha Kedhar on the Limits of Flexibility

    The dance world and academia are two creative industries known for innovative thinking and vibrant collaborations. But they also share a sustainability problem, as burnout and exhaustion are par for the course and the vast… Continue Reading

    International Podcast Day logo with podcasting microphone and teal and orange letters
    September 30, 2020

    International Podcast Day 2020

    Happy International Podcast Day! Every year fans, producers, hosts, and the broader podcasting community cheer this awesome media form and celebrate our favorite shows. Ways to celebrate Listen to and subscribe to your favorite shows!… Continue Reading

    Sasha Engelmann wearing a blue shirt
    September 30, 2020

    Imagine Otherwise: Sasha Engelmann on Art and Activism in the Air

    What do politics, community, and artistic resistance look like beyond the terrestrial? What would happen if we took them to the sky? In episode 119 of Imagine Otherwise, host Cathy Hannabach interviews feminist geographical researcher… Continue Reading

    Christopher Persaud wearing a multicolored floral shirt
    September 16, 2020

    Imagine Otherwise: Christopher Persaud on Creating Balance to Avoid Burnout

    For those of us who thrive on doing all the things, it is incredibly easy to put off rest and self-care—at least until we hit burnout. Scholars, artists, activists, and other creatives are particularly prone… Continue Reading

    Koritha Mitchell wearing a grey dress in front of trees
    September 2, 2020

    Imagine Otherwise: Koritha Mitchell on Homemade Citizenship

    How might the history of Black women’s creative homemaking and citizenship practices help us navigate our current political and cultural moment? What might this history reveal about the racially gendered roots of blurred work and… Continue Reading

    Kishonna Gray wearing and black and white scarf and black coat
    August 19, 2020

    Imagine Otherwise: Kishonna Gray on Teaching and Parenting in a Pandemic

    One of the biggest concerns right now for academics who are also parents is figuring out how to juggle education for both their students and their children. Many K–12 and higher education institutions have moved… Continue Reading

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    Why imagine otherwise?

    To make more of us. 

    We need more progressive, social justice-oriented folks who combine the intellectual platform and methodologies of academia, the creativity and wonder of art, and the fire and rage of social justice activism to create the worlds we want. We need more brilliant books that ignite ideas, more art that sparks protests, more activism that historicizes and critiques, and more communities that can enact the change they need.

    This show highlights the kick-ass, worldmaking cultural productions that people are collaboratively generating at the nexus of art, activism, and academia. Maybe it will inspire you to create your own.

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    Meet the team

    Cathy Hannabach wearing a purple shirt, teal and silver earrings, and purple glasses

    Cathy Hannabach

    Host & Creator

    Christopher Persaud wearing a blue button-down shirt and glasses

    Christopher Persaud

    Show Notes & Social Media

    Want to be a guest?

    We welcome guest pitches for artists, academics, and activists whose work explicitly brings together these three realms.

    You can pitch yourself or someone else you think would be a good fit by filling out our pitch a guest form.

    Check out the guest information page for more details.

    Want to start your own show?

    How to Start an Academic Podcast is a self-paced, online course that helps you go from a great idea to a published show.