Cathy Hannabach interviews Pushcart Prize–winning poet Kiki Petrosino about writing from and with the body, place-specific pedagogy, and history's ghosts.
Cathy Hannabach interviews librarian Fobazi Ettarh about radical librarianship and how vocational awe limits solidarity options in libraries and academia.
Host Cathy Hannabach chats with artist Sarah Stefana Smith about a poetics and politics of bafflement, Black art, and artistic collaboration.
Cathy Hannabach interviews Amber Jamilla Musser about aesthetics and racialized sexuality, the politics of co-authoring, and embodied knowledge.
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 Marisol LeBrón about policing and US colonialism in Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria's impact on research, and prison abolition.
Cathy Hannabach interviews Jade S. Sasser about the reproductive justice movement, climate change activism, and interdisciplinary creativity.
Jian Neo Chen discusses the histories & futures of transgender studies publishing and drawing academic inspiration from art & activism.
Aimee Bahng talks about speculative fiction, queer of color feminist futures, challenging US colonialism across the Pacific, and the racist origins of statistics.
Feminist scholar Imani Perry discusses critiquing patriarchy, academic productivity and self-care, and her fierce commitment to personal and social ethics.
Librarian and archivist Stacie Williams discusses the politics of information, radical librarianship, and the problematics of digital preservation.
Professor Gayatri Gopinath discusses queering visual culture, revolutionary diasporic aesthetics, and the importance of mentoring queer scholars of color.
Heath Fogg Davis and Julian Gill-Peterson discusses getting rid of gender markers in public restrooms, IDs, sports, and educational institutions.
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.
Educator and sexologist Bianca Laureano talks about the radical work of women of color sexual health communities and feminist Afro-Latinx sex education.
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.
On Imagine Otheriwse, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha discusses the past successes and current challenges of the disability justice movement.
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha discusses her memoir Dirty River + how queer brown and disabled people write themselves into history.
Community organizer and historian Alice Y. Hom talks about the political and personal process of starting a history podcast about queer and trans people of color, what nonprofits and community organizations face in the coming years, and how self-care and community care are at the core of how Alice imagines otherwise.
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.
Professor and artist Shaka McGlotten talks about the passionate 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.
Yaba Blay on colorism, being an insider/outsider in the academy, and how celebrating Black girl magic is key to how she imagines otherwise.
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.
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 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.
Transgender activism, non-discrimination law, and intersectionality. Interview with Heath Fogg Davis, author of Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter?
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.
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 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.
Emily Hue explains how Burmese performance artists navigate the asylum/refugee process, why academics should explore outlets beyond the academic monograph, what luxury hair markets and oil spill cleanup have to do with one another, and her contribution to this podcast’s giant wish list for imagining and creating better worlds.
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.
Tara Fickle explains why games and literature help us understand racial formation, how she built a video game about WWII Japanese-American internment, how emerging scholars can gain technological skills to create public, multimedia work, and how tarot and comics can get students to imagine different worlds.
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.
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.
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 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.
Vince Schleitwiler on liberatory coalitions between Black and Asian communities in "the geography of the lost Afro-Asian century."
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 and Polly Thistlethwaite on the impact of digital technologies in higher education and expanding public access to scholarship.
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 shares his approach to multimedia projects, why he focuses on work that empowers marginalized communities, and how storytelling helps us imagine otherwise.
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.
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.
Amy Sadao on the role of art in social change, how ethnic studies informs her AIDS activism and curating practice, why we need more curators of color.
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.
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.