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.
Host Cathy Hannabach interviews poet and professor Alix Olson about career transitions, pedagogy, queer kinship, and the limits of resilience.
Cathy Hannabach interviews Nadine Hubbs about listening queerly, Latinx millennials' relationship to American country music, and musical community.
Cathy Hannabach interviews Marisol LeBrón about policing and US colonialism in Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria's impact on research, and prison abolition.
J. Kēhaulani Kauanui on Hawaiian sovereignty, independent media, consent politics, and the solidarities between anarchist and Indigenous movements.
Jenny L. Davis on Chickasaw language revitalization, Indigenous language activism, and building a world where all Indigenous people get to become elders.
Jian Neo Chen discusses the histories & futures of transgender studies publishing and drawing academic inspiration from art & activism.
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.
Professor and writer Francesca T. Royster discusses the queer afterlives of soul music, her formidable family histories, and the power of storytelling.
Professor Gayatri Gopinath discusses queering visual culture, revolutionary diasporic aesthetics, and the importance of mentoring queer scholars of color.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jessie Daniels and Polly Thistlethwaite on the impact of digital technologies in higher education and expanding public access to scholarship.
What does wellness and unwellness look like in the context of Asian America? In the context of academia? Mimi Khúc and Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis discuss Asian American mental health activism and how academia can better address parenting, mental health, and wellness.
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.
Amanda Phillips chats about the politics of video game realism in an era of increasingly visible police violence, why marginalized communities have turned to digital media for organizing, and how hashtag syllabi have transformed what it means to teach about current events.
Wazhmah Osman addresses the politics of memoir, what the trauma of war does to archival research, and her critically acclaimed documentary film, Postcards from Tora Bora, which recounts Wazhmah's return to her childhood home of Kabul, Afghanistan nearly 20 years after her family fled Cold War violence.
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.
Karma Chávez discusses the intersectional politics of migration, how grassroots activism is essential to social change, the power of sound-based media, and how her work integrates art, activism, and academia.
Minal Hajratwala on her genre-bending writing style, the joy of coaching other writers, and how to "write like a unicorn."
Katie Manthey talks about feminist fat fashion blogging, running a website about body positivity, and the racially gendered politics of what counts as “professional dress” in the academy.
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.
Lauren Rile Smith on directing the feminist and queer circus arts troupe Tangle Movement Arts and how disability shapes her relationship to dancing bodies.
Margaret Rhee talks about the magic that can happen when one brings art, activism, and academia together; her new poetry book Radio Heart: or, How Robots Fall Out of Love; and what teaching new media classes in prisons taught her about intersectionality.
What are the benefits of indie television production for women, queers, and trans people of color? How is the slow speed of collaborative work actually an advantage? Aymar Jean Christian chats about Open TV; independent web series by queers, women, and trans people of color; and how his scholarship has informed his creative work.
Host Cathy Hannabach interviews Sawyer Lovett about the power of zines and memoirs for Southern, poor, queer and trans youth.