Dancer and ethnographer Elizabeth Chin discusses the simultaneous freedom, fun, and vulnerability inherent in writing about oneself, how dance is fantastic preparation for academic work, how she makes space for her whole self amidst a busy academic career, and how teaching kids how to make stuff is how Elizabeth imagines otherwise.Read More
Professor and artist Shaka McGlotten talks about the erotic relationship we often have to the things that we study as well as how that always necessitates both desire and loss, how students can harness the power of Afrofuturism and speculation to combat white supremacy and climate change, and how queer and trans communities of color can use voguing, drag, and what Shaka calls "Black Data" to imagine and create new worlds.Read More
Cultural producer Yaba Blay talks about how beauty culture and colorism shape her publicly engaged approach to scholarship, how being an insider/outsider in the academy allows one to enact broad social change, the importance of meeting students where they’re at, and how her celebration of everyday #BlackGirlMagic is how she imagines otherwise.Read More
Sex educator and reproductive justice advocate Elicia Gonzales talks about how reproductive justice organizations can better incorporate intersectionality (and why they should), the role of Latinx and other queer of color movements in Philadelphia’s radical history, why pleasure is a right not a privilege, and why she puts listening at the center of how she imagines otherwise.Read More
Podcaster and professor Karen Tongson chats about music and its relationship to place, the migratory and melodic flows between Manila and Los Angeles, how the Spice Girls can help us understand Adorno and Horkheimer, and the queer and transnational inspiration that Karen draws from her namesake, Karen Carpenter.Read More
Chef and eco-educator Aileen Suzara discusses her journey into professional cooking, the familial stories she has uncovered connecting land to community and memory, the important role of Filipino farmers in the sustainability movement, and how Filipino cooks and farmers across the diaspora are creating some tasty ways to imagine otherwise.Read More
Academic life is demanding on your time and resources, and even the most ardent scholars and activists feel like they’re running on empty sometimes. In the face of busyness and stress, true passion projects are a chance to reclaim your physical, emotional, and mental energy, not just one more thing added onto your plate.Read More
Musician and scholar Lakshmi Ramgopal discusses her musical journey through Indian classical Carnatic music, electronica, and Riot Grrrl; her research on what colonial subjects under the Roman Empire can teach us about contemporary geopolitics; using tarot to destabilize what we think we know about our lives; and how she curates art exhibits to imagine more just worlds.Read More
Adeline Koh discusses her journey from tenured English professor to entrepreneur, how she puts her postcolonial feminist training to work at her company Sabbatical Beauty, and the challenges and surprises of settling into a new life as a business owner.Read More
Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher discusses how poetry can be a community engagement practice; blending academic, artistic, and activist experiences in one's everyday work; and how building a world where everyone is able to find and utilize their gifts is key to her way of imagining otherwise.Read More
Nia King shares how she came to host the podcast We Want the Airwaves, the racial politics of the publishing industry, how she has put her ethnic studies training to work beyond the academy, and why getting queer and trans artists of color paid fairly for their work is a key part of how she imagines otherwise.Read More
Imagine Otherwise: Shanté Paradigm Smalls on Hip Hop’s Queer Aesthetics and Shambhala Buddhist Meditation
Shanté Paradigm Smalls discusses their journey with Shambhala Buddhist Meditation, their research on the queer collision of race, gender, and sexuality in hip hop culture, building a critical practice around embodiment, and how working towards an enlightened society is critical to how they imagine otherwise.Read More
Tanisha C. Ford discusses the cultural and political dimensions of Black fashion, the state of contemporary critical fashion studies and its possible futures, how creative practice and academic work can inform one another, and how Black art and creative genius help us imagine otherwise.Read More
Heath Fogg Davis shares why almost all sex classification is unnecessary, in everything from bathrooms and IDs to sports and education; how Philadelphia is tackling racism and queer and trans justice; how scholars can harness their expertise in community consulting projects; and why large-scale structural change is necessary.Read More
Our readings this weekend urge us to consider, challenge, and resist the boundaries set by academia. They push us to recognize that setting boundaries as an act of resistance, and remind us that even the most revered boundary in academia—tenure—is not always what we imagine it to be.Read More
Imagine Otherwise: Solomon Enos, Abigail Romanchak, and John Hina (Prime) on Native Hawaiian Food Security & Using Art to Fight Consumerism
What is the relationship between food insecurity, colonialism, and global warming? How can art intervene in these processes? Native Hawaiian artists Solomon Enos, Abigail Romanchak, and John Hina (Prime) share their experiences working with the 'Ae Kai Culture Lab coming up July 7–9 in Honolulu, Hawai'i.Read More
Imagine Otherwise: Rosanna Raymond, Léuli Māzyār Lunaʻi Eshrāghi, & Ricky Tagaban on Indigenous Sovereignty Movements & Climate Change
How can shared space drive artistic, healing collaborations? How can art address global warming, gender identity, ancestral teachings, and the importance of local community?
Indigenous artists Rosanna Raymond, Léuli Māzyār Lunaʻi Eshrāghi, and Ricky Tagaban share their experiences with the 'Ae Kai Culture Lab, July 7–9 in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
Imagining otherwise means engaging critically with (and seeing beyond) our current reality.
Our reading for this weekend collects pieces that ask us to shift our viewpoints, listen better, open ourselves up to the unexpected, and rethink what we mean by (and how we practice) inclusivity.
Imagine Otherwise: Kālewa Correa, Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, & Adriel Luis on Curating for Social Justice
What if we designed art exhibitions around social justice community organizing principles? How can collaboration among artists, curators, scholars, and participants generate a radical art experience? Curators Kālewa Correa, Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, and Adriel Luis share their experiences curating the 'Ae Kai Culture Lab, July 7–9 in Honolulu, Hawai'i.Read More
Universities and non-profits are increasingly asking scholars to craft interdisciplinary research with greater public impact and student involvement. Come learn how to draft arts- and community-based projects that provide robust data for publications, community resources, artistic experimentation, and the possibility for critique in both method and theory.Read More