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Imagine Otherwise: Shaka McGlotten on the Erotics of Inquiry

January 10, 2018 Podcast

Professor and artist Shaka McGlotten talks about the erotic 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.

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2017: Our Year in Review

December 19, 2017 Blog

2017 was an exciting year at Ideas on Fire. Learn about our 2017 accomplishments, including 4 new team members, 79 articles, 70 client projects, 27 podcast episodes, 23 webinars, and more!

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Imagine Otherwise: Yaba Blay on Everyday Black Girl Magic

December 13, 2017 Podcast

Cultural producer Yaba Blay talks about how beauty culture and colorism shape her publicly engaged approach to scholarship, how being an insider/outsider in the academy allows one to enact broad social change, the importance of meeting students where they’re at, and how her celebration of everyday #BlackGirlMagic is how she imagines otherwise.

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Karen Tongson

Imagine Otherwise: Karen Tongson on Musical Migration and the Pleasures of Pop Culture

November 15, 2017 Podcast

Podcaster and professor Karen Tongson chats about music and its relationship to place, the migratory and melodic flows between Manila and Los Angeles, how the Spice Girls can help us understand Adorno and Horkheimer, and the queer and transnational inspiration that Karen draws from her namesake, Karen Carpenter.

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Imagine Otherwise: Aileen Suzara on Filipino Food Activism and Eco-Education

November 1, 2017 Podcast

Chef and eco-educator Aileen Suzara discusses her journey into professional cooking, the familial stories she has uncovered connecting land to community and memory, the important role of Filipino farmers in the sustainability movement, and how Filipino cooks and farmers across the diaspora are creating some tasty ways to imagine otherwise.

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Open Access Publishing

October 24, 2017 Blog

Deciding where and how to publish our work is not easy. Open access publishing makes our work readable by everyone, for free, but does it "count?" How should we decide whether to publish in an open access journal, and what questions should we ask before we make that decision? Here's some advice from Ideas on Fire.

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Imagine Otherwise: Lakshmi Ramgopal on Postcolonial Music & the Pull of History

October 18, 2017 Podcast

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.

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Imagine Otherwise: Adeline Koh on Feminist Entrepreneurship and Self-Care

October 4, 2017 Podcast

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.

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Podcasting as Public Intellectualism

October 2, 2017 Blog

Podcasting allows hosts, scholars, audiences, activists, teachers, students, and broader communities to connect scholarly research to public conversations and contribute to new worlds. Learn how grad students, staff, and faculty can use podcasts for public intellectual work; the process of producing your own podcast; and the cultural politics of podcasting as independent, networked media.

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Imagine Otherwise: Yolanda Wisher on Poetry as a Community Engagement Practice

September 20, 2017 Podcast

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.

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Imagine Otherwise: Tanisha C. Ford on Black Creative Genius & Being Bold in Work and Life

August 9, 2017 Podcast

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.

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IoF Team Favorites: Summer Scholar Spotlight

June 13, 2017 Blog

Summer is a great time to explore scholarship outside your area or that is otherwise new to you. We decided to highlight some favorite scholars, people who are doing great work. Here are some of the scholars, academics, public figures, and all-around cool people who should be on your radar.

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Writing for Non-Academic Audiences

May 30, 2017 Blog

Rockstar Coach Kate Drabinski will share the power of public writing, what it entails, and how it can help us in our careers. Join us to learn what happens (and how to handle) when our public writing gets read, and even how to get paid for our words!

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Imagine Otherwise: Emily Hue on Burmese Performance Art & the Importance of Public Scholarship

May 17, 2017 Podcast

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.

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Podcasting & Public Intellectualism (the workshop)

May 5, 2017 Blog

Learn how grad students, staff, and faculty can use podcasts for public intellectual work; the process of producing your own podcast; how teachers use podcasts in the classroom as teaching materials; and the cultural politics of podcasting as independent media.

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Imagine Otherwise: Tara Fickle on Tarot in the Classroom & the Racial Politics of Games

May 3, 2017 Podcast

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.

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Public Speaking for Non-Performers

April 24, 2017 Blog

Sharing your work in diverse public venues is a key part of being an engaged, relevant scholar today. Come learn strategies for rocking your teaching, conference, and public presentations from someone who has put his performance background to work in academia: Terry K. Park.

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Signal Boosting Miniseries: Coming May 2017

April 17, 2017 Blog, Podcast

Announcing Signal Boosting, a podcast miniseries collaboration between the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Ideas on Fire, and the Association for Asian American Studies! Each week during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we’re highlighting an emerging scholar who is building new audiences for the field of Asian American studies.

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Imagine Otherwise: E Patrick Johnson on Oral History, Black Gay Men, & Creativity Rituals

March 22, 2017 Podcast

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.

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Pedagogy in the Public Sphere

February 28, 2017 Blog

For many of us, the need to make our academic research and teaching public has never felt so urgent. Learn about the tricky business of public pedagogy from blogging and tweeting to service learning and community teaching, including what “going public” means for our lives inside and outside the academy.

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