Imagination: everyone knows you need it to change the world, but nobody really knows how it works.
In this podcast from Arizona State University, we chat with artists, writers, scientists and engineers to explore how imagination is viewed, valued, and practiced in their work.
Katie Bouman is an assistant professor of computing and mathematical sciences, electrical engineering, and astronomy at Caltech. In this episode, we talk about scientific collaboration, imagination, and Katie’s work on the Event Horizon Telescope, which produced the first image of a black hole by combining insights and methods from signal processing, computer vision, machine learning, and physics.
This work was supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities grant AKA-265705-1
Regina Kanyu Wang
Regina Kanyu Wang is a science fiction writer, researcher, and critic from Shanghai. In this conversation, we talk about the Chinese science fiction scene, its fan culture, and gender politics in the genre, as well as insights on Regina’s own recent writing—including how she builds nuance and complexity into her portrayals of AI and other technologies.
This work was supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities grant AKA-265705-19
Moya Bailey is a Black queer feminist scholar, writer, and activist. She is the co-author of "#HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice" and has a new book, "Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women’s Digital Resistance," due May 2021. In this episode, we talk about online communities of support and activism, racial inequalities in medicine, and artificial intelligence.
This work was supported in part by the National Endowment of the Humanities grant AKA-265705-19.
Troy L. Wiggins
Troy L. Wiggins is a writer and editor with a focus on Black speculative fiction and social justice.
In this episode of The Imagination Desk, we chat with Troy about power of speculative art as a tool for Black people around the world to reckon with their realities, share their histories and imagine new worlds.
Ytasha Womack is an award-winning author, filmmaker, independent scholar, and dance therapist. She is a leading expert on Afrofuturism, and on the imagination and its applications. In this conversation, we discuss her book Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture, her film A Love Letter To The Ancestors From Chicago, and much more.
This episode of The Imagination Desk features Jonathan Alexander. Jonathan is Professor of English and Informatics at The University of California, Irvine and author of books such as Writing Youth: Young Adult Fiction as Literacy Sponsorship (2016) and a critical memoir, Creep: A Life, a Theory, an Apology (2017). We take a closer look at popular modern Science Fiction TV shows and their cultural and political uses, along with a look at writing stories in the digital age