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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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Newest episodes

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February 24, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: Margaret Rhee on Queer Feminist Robot Poetry

Guest: Margaret Rhee Margaret Rhee is a poet, feminist new media artist, and scholar whose work exemplifies the magic that can happen when one brings art, activism, and academia together and views the world through… Continue Reading

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February 10, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: Aymar Jean Christian on Queer and Trans of Color Media Production

What are the benefits of indie television production for women, queers, and trans people of color? How is the slow speed of collaborative work actually an advantage? In episode 3 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast, host… Continue Reading

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January 27, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: Sawyer Lovett on Queer Southern Memoir Zines

Guest: Sawyer Lovett Sawyer Lovett is a writer, bookseller, and co-host of two podcasts: Queering the Shelves and Book Jawn. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and their hedgehog. Sometimes he writes zines and… Continue Reading

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January 19, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: Minh-Ha T. Pham on Asian Fashion Bloggers

How can interdisciplinary scholars decolonize the fashion industry? How does digital fashion labor build on older forms of racially gendered immigrant labor? And is it possible to critically study and teach an industry you love but… Continue Reading

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January 11, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: Cathy Hannabach Introduces the Podcast

Welcome to the Imagine Otherwise podcast! In this pilot episode, host Cathy Hannabach introduces the Imagine Otherwise podcast and explains why she created the show. She also outlines what's to come in future episodes, and what you can expect… 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

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Cathy Hannabach

Host & Creator

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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 be a start your own show?

Check out our online course How to Start an Academic Podcast.