Cathy Hannabach interviews Pushcart Prize–winning poet Kiki Petrosino about writing from and with the body, place-specific pedagogy, and history's ghosts.
Host Cathy Hannabach chats with artist Sarah Stefana Smith about a poetics and politics of bafflement, Black art, and artistic collaboration.
Cathy Hannabach chats with professor and young adult novelist Ebony Elizabeth Thomas about the power of children's literature and speculative fiction.
Cathy Hannabach chats with Teen Vogue columnist and political scientist Jenn M. Jackson about Black millennial podcasting, Black feminism, public scholarship, and justice as love in public.
Cathy Hannabach interviews Jade S. Sasser about the reproductive justice movement, climate change activism, and interdisciplinary creativity.
Feminist scholar Imani Perry discusses critiquing patriarchy, academic productivity and self-care, and her fierce commitment to personal and social ethics.
How does speculative fiction provide us models for more queer, just, and creative futures? How are Black women novelists helping us reimagine what (dis)ability and embodiment mean? What is missing from our conversations in popular representation, disability studies, and Black studies? In episode 66 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast, Sami Schalk discusses her book Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women's Speculative Fiction Episode 66 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast is the first in a three part miniseries that was recorded live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at a recent gathering of interdisciplinary cultural studies scholars. The three authors featured in this miniseries—Sami Schalk, Aimi Hamraie, and Heath Fogg Davis—have recently published cultural studies books that have made big splashes beyond the academy in the areas of speculative fiction, fan cultures, urban planning and design, law, and public policy. These authors’ books show how the intersections of disability, race, gender, and sexuality have shaped everything from sci-fi/fantasy novels to police violence, curb cut activism, urban architecture, and the design of public restrooms. In this episode, host Cathy Hannabach and scholar Anastasia Kārkliņa talk with Sami Schalk about Sami's new book Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women's Speculative Fiction.
Professor Tavia Nyong'o talks about the ongoing project of Black abolition, repurposing social media platforms to create monthly political salons and counterpublics, how to live the contradictions inherent in public scholarship, and why centering queer of color joy and pleasure is key to how Tavia imagines otherwise.
Professor Tina Campt talks about how listening to images reveals their multisensory and embodied nature, the haptic connections we have to photos, why the art/activism/academia braid holds such power for Black communities, and why putting intimacy at the center of all she does is how Tina imagines otherwise.
Yaba Blay on colorism, being an insider/outsider in the academy, and how celebrating Black girl magic is key to how she imagines otherwise.
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.
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.
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.
E. Patrick Johnson shares his creative process, how he translates scholarly ideas into artistic work and vice versa, how Black gay men and women are crafting community-based oral histories, and how artistic and scholarly collaboration is a key way he imagines otherwise.
Vince Schleitwiler on liberatory coalitions between Black and Asian communities in "the geography of the lost Afro-Asian century."
Aishah Shahidah Simmons on her award-winning film NO!: The Rape Documentary and how every one of us can help end violence in our communities.
How does the history of slavery shape modern-day surveillance systems? How is privacy inherently gendered and racialized? Simone Browne explains how Black communities have resisted and interfered with the surveillance practices that target them, coming across Frantz Fanon’s FBI file, and the joys of collaborating with academics, artists, and activists.
What role does race play in imaginative literary genres like science fiction and fantasy? andré carrington discusses how bringing Black representation to academia is a form of activism, why we should complicate our current understanding of popular culture and race, and what sustains him in doing his social justice work.
Eric Tang chats about why the US state resettled Cambodian refugees in historically Black neighborhoods in the 1980s and 1990s, how urban spaces are shaped by slavery’s aftermath, and why scholars should join the vital movement for welfare rights.