Imagine Otherwise is a podcast about bridging art, activism, and academia to build more just futures.
Created and hosted by Cathy Hannabach and produced by Ideas on Fire, Imagine Otherwise features interviews with scholars, cultural producers, dancers, editors, artists, and activists who are building new worlds.
Cathy created the show in 2016 to both demonstrate the vibrant public voice that interdisciplinary scholars can have beyond the academy as well as to inspire new generations of thinkers.
Over the past 9 years, episodes have been taught in a wide array of university classrooms, been featured in international art exhibits, and taken Cathy to live tapings at venues as diverse as feminist circus art performances, scholarly conferences, and a culture lab on convergence.
The show’s programming partners have included the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, the Cultural Studies Association, the Association for Asian American Studies, and more.
Cathy Hannabach interviews media scholar Juan Llamas-Rodriguez about how media representations of border tunnels shape immigration policy
Host Cathy Hannabach interviews media scholar Tamara Kneese about how digital media platforms shape our experiences of life and death.
Host Cathy Hannabach interviews scholar and artist Nicosia Shakes about Jamaican and South African women’s activist theater.
Host Cathy Hannabach interviews disability media studies scholar Meryl Alper about how autistic kids are harnessing digital technologies.
Cathy Hannabach interviews performance artist and gender studies scholar Kristie Soares about political joy in Latinx media.
Cathy Hannabach interviews literature professor Cynthia Franklin about the politics of life writing in the context of social justice movements.
Imagine Otherwise: Magdalena L. Barrera and Genevieve Negrón-Gonzales on The Latinx Guide to Graduate School
Cathy Hannabach interviews Magdalena L. Barrera and Genevieve Negrón-Gonzales about helping students navigate academia’s hidden curriculum.
Cathy Hannabach interviews Katie Walkiewicz about the role of anti-Indigeneity and anti-Blackness in the doctrine of states’ rights.
Cathy Hannabach interview Jasmine Nichole Cobb about the politics of representation and haptic blackness in US visual culture.
Cathy Hannabach interviews women’s and gender studies professor Mairead Sullivan about the histories and futures of lesbian feminism.
Cathy Hannabach interviews Josen Masangkay Diaz about postcolonial memory, Cold War US–Philippine relations, and Filipino American politics.
Cathy Hannabach interviews anthropologist Erin Durban about postcolonial politics in Haiti as they shape queer and trans Haitian lives.
Cathy Hannabach interviews Jennifer Lynn Kelly about transnational ethnographic research and the writing process.
Cathy Hannabach interviews digital media scholar Josef Nguyen about the politics of flexibility in education and the creative economy.
Cathy Hannabach interviews Anima Adjepong about intuition in the research process, embracing intellectual promiscuity, and being together in difference.