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 interviews Amber Jamilla Musser about aesthetics and racialized sexuality, the politics of co-authoring, and embodied knowledge.
Cathy Hannabach interviews curator and professor Sandra Ruiz about Puerto Rican anti-colonial resistance and imagining otherwise towards decolonization.
Cathy Hannabach chats with professor Tania Lizarazo about digital storytelling, collaborative research, and listening and learning together in public.
Host Cathy Hannabach interviews poet and professor Alix Olson about career transitions, pedagogy, queer kinship, and the limits of resilience.
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.
Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón talks about women graffiti writers, curation as social justice, and the importance of solidarity across the Puerto Rican diaspora.
Alyshia Gálvez on NAFTA's destruction of public health in Mexico, the need for public intellectuals, immigrant rights activism, and why we should dream big.
J. Kēhaulani Kauanui on Hawaiian sovereignty, independent media, consent politics, and the solidarities between anarchist and Indigenous movements.
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.
Macarena Gómez-Barris talks about using art to fight extractive capitalism beyond the state, the politics of translation, and working in and with community.
Veronica Corzo-Duchardt talks about architectural surfaces, her research-based art practice, and the importance of intersectional creative collaboration.
Feminist scholar Imani Perry discusses critiquing patriarchy, academic productivity and self-care, and her fierce commitment to personal and social ethics.
Manuela Lavinas Picq talks about Indigenous Kichwa women in international politics, being a scholar in the Global South, and imagining Indigenous futures.
Professor and writer Francesca T. Royster discusses the queer afterlives of soul music, her formidable family histories, and the power of storytelling.
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.
Aimi Hamraie and Cathy Hannabach discusses the politics of universal design, accessibility, and disability justice activism.
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.
Lynn Comella on the fierce women and queers who jump started the feminist sex toy revolution and how scholars can up their public engagement game.
Sara Tatyana Bernstein shares why she started a digital magazine focused on fashion and politics and why public engagement is the future of education.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Transgender activism, non-discrimination law, and intersectionality. Interview with Heath Fogg Davis, author of Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter?
Ojibwe video artist and scholar Marcella Ernest shares why complex subjects require complex film techniques, how scholar-artists can use their academic pursuits as inspiration for their creative endeavors and vice versa, and how building a better world requires a new relationship between humans, land, and resources.
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.
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 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.