Imagine Otherwise

A podcast about bridging art, activism, and academia to build more just futures

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On each episode, host Cathy Hannabach interviews the scholars, dancers, authors, artists, and filmmakers imagining collective freedom and creating it through culture.

Latest episodes

Imagine Otherwise: Koritha Mitchell on Homemade Citizenship

Imagine Otherwise: Koritha Mitchell on Homemade Citizenship

About the episodeHow 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 home boundaries? In...

Imagine Otherwise: Dorinne Kondo on Reparative Creativity

Imagine Otherwise: Dorinne Kondo on Reparative Creativity

About the episodeWhat role can performance play in racial justice struggles? How can theater help us remake the world? The past several months have made even more urgent the centuries-long fight to dismantle the antiblackness and Orientalism that are baked into our...

Queer studies

Ethnic studies

Critical race studies

Indigenous studies

Gender studies

Disability studies

Environmental studies

Performance studies

Food studies

Visual art

Film and TV

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 crew

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Show Notes & Marketing

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Be a guest on our show

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

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