Cathy Hannabach interviews curator and professor Sandra Ruiz about Puerto Rican anti-colonial resistance and imagining otherwise towards decolonization.
Host Cathy Hannabach interviews poet and professor Alix Olson about career transitions, pedagogy, queer kinship, and the limits of resilience.
Jian Neo Chen discusses the histories & futures of transgender studies publishing and drawing academic inspiration from art & activism.
Feminist scholar Imani Perry discusses critiquing patriarchy, academic productivity and self-care, and her fierce commitment to personal and social ethics.
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.
Manuel Cuellar talks about queering Mexican folkloric dance and how Indigenous knowledge production provides an alternative to traditional universities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April Lynn James on how storytelling can help trauma survivors heal and the political and personal importance of whimsy and laughter.
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.
Nikiko Masumoto on queer feminist of color farming in California's Central Valley and creative entrepreneurship for rural artists.