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Junior Faculty Collaborations: Part 1, Finding Collaborators

February 13, 2018 Blog

Academic collaborations can help you meet your career goals if approached right. Learn how to choose the best partners to work with on projects.

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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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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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Rethinking Your Relationship To Reading

November 14, 2017 Blog

Despite the fact that reading takes up so much of our time, we rarely stop to reflect on or nurture our relationship to the written word. Is the act of reading pleasurable for you or does it feel like work? How do you like to read and do you often get to read that way? When do you know you’ve actually finished reading something—and understood it?

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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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Working Productively with an Editor

September 4, 2017 Blog

Join us for a free webinar about working with an editor. Learn when you should hire an editor for your book manuscript, how to decide which kind of editing you need, and how to best collaborate with your editor to create a fantastic interdisciplinary book.

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Imagine Otherwise: Shanté Paradigm Smalls on Hip Hop’s Queer Aesthetics and Shambhala Buddhist Meditation

August 23, 2017 Podcast

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.

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Rock Your First Semester of Grad School

August 21, 2017 Blog

Come learn how to set up systems for time and energy management, manage the tons of writing you’ll do as a grad student, build a strong support community of friends and mentors, learn about and prepare for diverse careers within and beyond the academy, prioritize your health and happiness, and set yourself up to rock your time in grad school.

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Writing a Kick-Ass Conference Abstract

July 18, 2017 Blog

Brief genres of writing like the conference abstract pose particular challenges. How do you effectively cram all your research, theories, and ideas into a few hundred words? How can you meaningfully convey that your work is worthy of a larger platform? Here’s how to make your conference abstracts shine.

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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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Staying Motivated Over the Summer

May 22, 2017 Blog

Summer vacation! Your grading is done, seminars have ended, conference season is winding down, and committee meetings are abating. You’re excited to tackle your big writing projects, but already feel the pull of summer sun and fun. Come learn how to get your projects done while also enjoying the season.

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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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IoF Team Favorites: Most Inspiring Class

April 25, 2017 Blog

Feminist theory, Toni Morrison, utopias/dystopias, and more: The Ideas on Fire team shares the classes that have most inspired us. These are the courses that opened our eyes to something we'd never seen before or defined our trajectory in new ways. You never know when (or where) inspiration might strike...

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Working Well with Grad Advisors

March 6, 2017 Blog

Dissertations are group efforts. So how to find the right advisors for your grad school experience and your dissertation? And how to work with them well once you do? Come learn how to identify what you need and want, finding matches for your communication styles, and troubleshooting sticky advising situations.

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Imagine Otherwise: Vince Schleitwiler on New Directions for the Public Humanities & Afro–Asian Activist Coalitions

February 8, 2017 Podcast

Vince Schleitwiler talks about liberatory coalitions between Black and Asian communities, how the public humanities have shifted in the context of neoliberalism, and how contemporary activists draw inspiration from what he calls "the geography of the lost Afro-Asian century.”

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Early Dissertation Planning + Where to Start

February 3, 2017 Blog

Congratulations—you passed your qualifying exams, and now you get to write your dissertation! But where to start? Join us to learn. From mapping out the dissertation to selecting which chapter to write first and crafting a writing routine, you will come away with effective strategies for planning your dissertation.

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Imagine Otherwise: Tala Khanmalek on Femme of Color Healing Justice & Self-Care in Grad School

January 25, 2017 Podcast

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.

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Imagine Otherwise: Zach McDowell on Open Access Publishing & Why “Information Wants to Be Free”

January 11, 2017 Podcast

Zach McDowell reviews the relationship between the open access movement and other social justice movements, how decreasing the “digital divide” isn’t the only thing needed for true media justice, and what it really means when people say “information wants to be free.”

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Imagine Otherwise: Jessie Daniels & Polly Thistlethwaite on Being a Scholar in the Digital Era & How Librarians Save Lives

December 28, 2016 Podcast

Jessie Daniels and Polly Thistlethwaite discuss why so many scholars who are interested in open access publishing are also social justice activists, and how those scholars and activists can expand public access to scholarship.

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