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.
Anusha Kedhar on the Limits of Flexibility
Flexibility seems almost required in today’s economy and social worlds, but what is its cost?
Host Cathy Hannabach interviews dancer and scholar Anusha Kedhar about the limits of flexible labor regimes in the dance world and higher education, sustainability lessons from dance that can help improve academic life, and why building a world around the needs and desires of marginalized groups is how Anusha imagines otherwise.
Transcript and show notes: https://ideasonfire.net/120-anusha-kedhar
Sasha Engelmann on Art and Activism in the Air
What do politics, community, and artistic resistance look like beyond the terrestrial? Host Cathy Hannabach interviews feminist geographical researcher and practitioner Sasha Engelmann about the transnational politics of atmosphere and breathing in an era of climate devastation, how to creatively adapt interdisciplinary research during a pandemic, and why collaboratively building an atmospheric commons is how Sasha imagines otherwise.
Transcript and show notes: https://ideasonfire.net/119-sasha-engelmann
Christopher Persaud on Creating Balance to Avoid Burnout
Building rest and recovery into our schedules is more important than ever and requires managing projects with balance in mind.
Host Cathy Hannabach interviews digital media scholar and creator Christopher Persaud about juggling diverse projects without getting overwhelmed, COVID-19 lessons to carry into the post-pandemic future, and why building a world where we are free to ask more questions is how Chris imagines otherwise.
Transcript and show notes: https://ideasonfire.net/118-christopher-persaud
Koritha Mitchell on Homemade Citizenship
How might the history of Black women’s homemaking and citizenship practices help us navigate our current political and cultural moment? Host Cathy Hannabach interviews cultural critic and professor Koritha Mitchell about the history of Black women’s citizenship and achievement, how this history shapes academic life, what running and writing teach us about success, and why centering self-love is how Koritha imagines otherwise.
Transcript and show notes: https://ideasonfire.net/117-koritha-mitchell
Kishonna Gray on Teaching and Parenting in a Pandemic
How can academic parents juggle educating both their students and their children in the era of COVID-19? Host Cathy Hannabach and digital media professor Kishonna Gray discuss building feminist learning experiences that privilege experimentation, how academic parents and non-parents can structure working from home around their unique needs, and why approaching work and life from an ethics of care is how Kishonna imagines otherwise.
Transcript and show notes: https://ideasonfire.net/116-kishonna-gray
Adrienne Shaw on Accessible Online Teaching by Design
How can we build accessible online courses in the middle of a pandemic? Host Cathy Hannabach interviews media studies professor Adrienne Shaw about building assignments that enable students to participate in diverse ways; why online teaching is often more accessible for faculty with chronic pain and other disabilities; and why creating accessible education systems by design rather than exception is how Adrienne imagines otherwise.
Transcript and show notes: https://ideasonfire.net/115-adrienne-shaw