Fobazi Ettarh wearing a black shirt and glasses
October 23, 2019

Imagine Otherwise: Fobazi Ettarh on the Limits of Vocational Awe

Cathy Hannabach interviews librarian Fobazi Ettarh about radical librarianship and how vocational awe limits solidarity options in libraries and academia.

Sarah Stefana Smith wearing a royal blue blazer, blue glasses, and a blue patterned scarf
September 25, 2019

Imagine Otherwise: Sarah Stefana Smith on a Poetics and Politics of Bafflement

Host Cathy Hannabach chats with artist Sarah Stefana Smith about a poetics and politics of bafflement, Black art, and artistic collaboration.

Amber Jamilla Musser wearing a black shirt and glasses
July 17, 2019

Imagine Otherwise: Amber Jamilla Musser on Valuing Embodied Knowledge

Cathy Hannabach interviews Amber Jamilla Musser about aesthetics and racialized sexuality, the politics of co-authoring, and embodied knowledge.

Jade S. Sasser wearing a black blazer
February 27, 2019

Imagine Otherwise: Jade S. Sasser on Reproductive Justice and Climate Change

Cathy Hannabach interviews Jade S. Sasser about the reproductive justice movement, climate change activism, and interdisciplinary creativity.

Imani Perry wearing a white shirt and resting her face on her hand
October 10, 2018

Imagine Otherwise: Imani Perry on Love as an Ethic

Feminist scholar Imani Perry discusses critiquing patriarchy, academic productivity and self-care, and her fierce commitment to personal and social ethics.

Gayatri Gopinath wearing a black shirt and gold hoop earrings
August 15, 2018

Imagine Otherwise: Gayatri Gopinath on Queer Diasporic Aesthetics

Professor Gayatri Gopinath discusses queering visual culture, revolutionary diasporic aesthetics, and the importance of mentoring queer scholars of color.

Elizabeth J. Chin wearing gold hoop earrings
January 31, 2018

Imagine Otherwise: Elizabeth Chin on Dancing Beyond Whiteness

Elizabeth Chin discusses how dance is fantastic preparation for academic work and how she makes space for her whole self amidst a busy academic career.

Nia King wearing a black blazer and gold hoop earrings
September 6, 2017

Imagine Otherwise: Nia King on Supporting Queer and Trans Artists of Color

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.

Shanté Paradigm Smalls wearing a grey shirt and silver and black watch
August 23, 2017

Imagine Otherwise: Shanté Paradigm Smalls on Hip Hop’s Queer Aesthetics

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.

Heath Fogg Davis wearing a navy blazer and blue button-down shirt
July 26, 2017

Imagine Otherwise: Heath Fogg Davis on Transgender Discrimination

Transgender activism, non-discrimination law, and intersectionality. Interview with Heath Fogg Davis, author of Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter?

Black and white photo of Lila Sharif wearing a dark shirt
May 31, 2017

Imagine Otherwise: Lila Sharif on the Settler Colonial Politics of Food

Lila Sharif chats about the role of food in both transnational settler colonialism and resistance to it, how she gets students thinking about their own food histories, the complex dynamics of ethical consumerism and where we get our food, and decolonization as an embodied, everyday form of imagining otherwise.

Surbhi Malik wearing a black shirt and gret scarf, in front of trees and a neighborhood street
May 24, 2017

Imagine Otherwise: Surbhi Malik on Diasporic Radio

Surbhi Malik talks about migrants’ complex place-making practices, mentoring students’ whole selves, how she went from hosting an American music radio show in India to hosting an Indian music radio show in the US, and how public projects like radio taught her how to identify and resist colonial legacies.

Leah Milne wearing a pink blazer and white button-down shirt, in front of a bookcase
May 10, 2017

Imagine Otherwise: Leah Milne on the Good Trouble of Racial Justice

Leah Milne considers how metafictional narratives by authors of color can provide a pedagogy of discomfort, how comics and graphic novels can spur the "good trouble" of social justice activism, and how she uses the classroom to teach radical empathy.

Karen Jaime wearing a grey suit and white button-down shirt
April 5, 2017

Imagine Otherwise: Karen Jaime on Queer Puerto Rican Slam Poetry

Karen Jaime chats about NYC queer and trans* Puerto Rican poets, how masculine-of-center and butch professors can use the classroom as an artistic/activist space, how poets paradoxically use language to bust through language barriers, and why queer and trans artists of color turn to multimedia work for social justice.

Francisco Galarte wearing a dark grey suit, red patterned tie, and glasses
March 7, 2017

Imagine Otherwise: Francisco Galarte on Chicanx Transgender Style

Francisco Galarte considers the racialized politics of style for Chicanx queer and transgender subjects, the classroom as a social justice space, and how trans faculty of color can queer the academy.

Felami Burgess wearing a silver necklace and watch, resting her head on her hand, in front of green leaves
February 22, 2017

Imagine Otherwise: Felami Burgess on Queer of Color Media Representation

Felami Burgess chats about queer of color media representation, her multimedia and transnational trajectory, how any class on any topic can be an opportunity to create, and why now more than ever we need to braid art, activism, and academia to build better worlds.

Tala Khanmalek wearing a purple blazer and gold earrings
January 25, 2017

Imagine Otherwise: Tala Khanmalek on Femme of Color Healing Justice

Tala Khanmalek shares how academics can incorporate healing justice and disability justice into academic workflows, how a holistic approach to graduate school enabled Tala to create social justice projects, and what a healing justice and disability justice-based world would look like.

Jessie Daniels wearing a black shirt and Polly Thistlethwaite wearing a black blazer
December 28, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: Jessie Daniels and Polly Thistlethwaite on Being a Scholar in the Digital Era

Jessie Daniels and Polly Thistlethwaite on the impact of digital technologies in higher education and expanding public access to scholarship.

Mimi Nguyen wearing a blue sweater and gold hoop earrings
November 30, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: Mimi Nguyen on Punk of Color Politics

Mimi Nguyen addresses imperialist US discourse of debt and freedom repeatedly attached to refugees, how Mimi is drawing unexpected artistic encounters between actor Keanu Reeves and Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön, and why communities of color are turning to tarot for activist inspiration and to imagine other ways of being in the world.

André Pérez wearing a grey suit, blue button-down shirt, and purple bow tie against a purple paisley wall
November 2, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: André Pérez on Transgender Oral History

André Pérez shares his approach to multimedia projects, why he focuses on work that empowers marginalized communities, and how storytelling helps us imagine otherwise.

Ronak Kapadia wearing a black button-down shirt, in front of bright green leaves
October 5, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: Ronak Kapadia on Resisting Imperial Visuality

Ronak Kapadia shares how Middle East, Arab, and South Asian artists are using visual culture to critique US empire, the relationship between social justice activism and ethnic studies/women's studies scholarship, and self-care and community care as disability/healing justice ways to imagine otherwise.

Aisha Shahidah Simmons wearing a purple shirt and silver earrings, resting her chin on her hand
July 13, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: Aishah Shahidah Simmons on Black Feminist Anti-Violence Activism

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.

micha cárdenas wearing a red coat, in front of green leaves
June 1, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: micha cárdenas on Wearable Technologies for Racial Justice

How can we retool science and technology to serve marginalized groups? micha cárdenas discusses using digital media and wearable technologies to protect Black and Latinx communities from police violence, how art can enable survival, and how queer and trans communities of color are imagining and creating more just worlds.

Pixelated photo of Simone Browne
May 4, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: Simone Browne on the History of Anti-Black Surveillance

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.

andré carrinngton wearing a grey blazer, blue button-down shirt, and blue patterned tie
April 6, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: andré carrington on Race in Science Fiction

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 wearing a blue shirt
March 23, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: Eric Tang on the Cold War Origins of Refugee Policy

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.