115 episodes

A podcast about bridging art, activism, and academia to build more just futures. On each episode, host Cathy Hannabach interviews the scholars, dancers, authors, artists, and filmmakers imagining collective freedom and creating it through culture.

Imagine Otherwise by Ideas on Fire Cathy Hannabach

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A podcast about bridging art, activism, and academia to build more just futures. On each episode, host Cathy Hannabach interviews the scholars, dancers, authors, artists, and filmmakers imagining collective freedom and creating it through culture.

    Dorinne Kondo on Reparative Creativity

    Dorinne Kondo on Reparative Creativity

    How can theater help us remake the world? In episode 114 of Imagine Otherwise, host Cathy Hannabach interviews Dorinne Kondo about how Asian American theater companies are reshaping liveness in the context of COVID-19, the role of performance in protests against the state-sponsored killing of Black people, and why theorizing a new relationship to vulnerability is how Dorinne imagines otherwise.

    Transcript and show notes: https://ideasonfire.net/114-dorinne-kondo/

    • 32 min
    Ani Maitra on Media and Identity in the Public Sphere

    Ani Maitra on Media and Identity in the Public Sphere

    The mediated politics of identity have animated diverse social movements across the globe and long fascinated today’s guest: media scholar Ani Maitra.

    In episode 113 of Imagine Otherwise, host Cathy Hannabach interviews Ani about scholarly public engagement in global identity debates, the transnational politics of queer cinema, and why centering affinity and difference is how Ani imagines otherwise.

    Transcript and show notes: https://ideasonfire.net/113-ani-maitra

    • 30 min
    Zakiyyah Iman Jackson on Black Feminist Interdisciplinarity

    Zakiyyah Iman Jackson on Black Feminist Interdisciplinarity

    What would happen if we threw out the boundaries between academic disciplines? Host Cathy Hannabach interviews feminist scholar Zakiyyah Iman Jackson about the historical and current role of blackness in defining the human, how black feminist interdisciplinarity is necessary to resist complex social violences, and why helping art and scholarship foment minor revolutions is how Zakiyyah imagines otherwise.

    Transcript and show notes: https://ideasonfire.net/112-zakiyyah-iman-jackson

    • 23 min
    Porchia Moore on Cultural Heritage and Collective Freedom

    Porchia Moore on Cultural Heritage and Collective Freedom

    How does cultural heritage help us shape what collective freedom looks, sounds, and feels like? Host Cathy Hannabach interviews museum visionary Porchia Moore about the radical librarians and museum workers making cultural institutions accessible during social distancing, how race and class shape who feels at home in museums, and why reclaiming African Americans’ relationship to nature is how Porchia imagines otherwise. 

    Transcript and show notes: https://ideasonfire.net/111-porchia-moore

    • 25 min
    Juana María Rodríguez and Emma Pérez on Writing Partnerships

    Juana María Rodríguez and Emma Pérez on Writing Partnerships

    How might the bonds forged through collaborative writing sustain us in this difficult time? Host Cathy Hannabach talks with Juana María Rodríguez and Emma Pérez about writing as a cultivated practice built on queer intimacy and mutual support. Long-term writing partners Juana and Emma show us what it means to trust someone else with our words and how to hold space for another over time, distance, and radical change.

    Transcript and show notes: https://ideasonfire.net/110-emma-perez-juana-maria-rodrigue

    • 44 min
    Hunter Vaughan on the Ecological Impact of Media Technologies

    Hunter Vaughan on the Ecological Impact of Media Technologies

    The stories we consume through screens and the material production of our devices have complex, interwoven histories. Host Cathy Hannabach interviews environmental media scholar Hunter Vaughan about Hollywood's role in climate change, the importance of interdisciplinary science communication in an era of uncertainty, and building a media industry with more transparency, accountability, and intersectionality.

    Transcript and show notes: https://ideasonfire.net/109-hunter-vaughan

    • 29 min

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