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Imagine Otherwise Podcast - Red, yellow, and orange sparks against a dark sky

Imagine Otherwise

Art  +  Activism  +  Academia

Tania Lizarazo in front of a teal wall
June 19, 2019

Imagine Otherwise: Tania Lizarazo on Listening and Learning in Public

  What does it mean to value storytelling as a form of knowledge production? How can we develop collaborative research projects with the communities to which we are accountable? What transformative avenues emerge when we… Continue Reading

Black and white photo of Alix Olson wearing a black sweatshirt
June 5, 2019

Imagine Otherwise: Alix Olson on Transitioning from Performer to Professor

  Why did so many feminist performers and artists of a certain generation transition into academic careers? How can scholars and activists mobilize beyond neoliberal forms of resilience? How might humor and solidarity provide the… Continue Reading

Ebony Elizabeth Thomas wearing a pink sweater and shell earrings
May 22, 2019

Imagine Otherwise: Ebony Elizabeth Thomas on Leaving No One Behind

  How can children's literature help us make sense of an ever-changing world? Why is speculative fiction having such a moment in contemporary popular culture? How might theorizing and creating cultural production increase our capacity… Continue Reading

Dennis Norris II wearing a black tank top and glasses
May 8, 2019

Imagine Otherwise: Dennis Norris II on QTPOC Literary Worlds

  How might difference be reframed as avenue toward sharing collective power instead of a source of conflict? How can the literary world better encourage and sustain writers from marginalized identities? What does it mean… Continue Reading

Jenn M. Jackson wearing a blue and white polka dot shirt
April 24, 2019

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

  How are Black feminists challenging tired savior narratives in favor of robust and fully human forms of admiration? How can scholars unlearn some of the academy's lessons to produce truly great public scholarship? What… Continue Reading

Larisa Kingston Mann DJing at a sound board and turntable
April 10, 2019

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

  How do radical music cultures help us rethink copyright and global cultural production? What does it mean to put theory and creative practice in conversation with one another? How can we create socially, politically,… 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.

New to podcasts? Here’s how to listen to podcasts like Imagine Otherwise.

Meet the podcast team

Host and creator: Cathy Hannabach

Show notes: Christopher Persaud and Michelle Velasquez-Potts

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.

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