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 Nitasha Tamar Sharma about what balance means during a pandemic and forging solidarities for more just futures.
Cathy Hannabach interviews Catherine Knight Steele about Black feminist collaboration in digital studies and scholarly life more broadly.
Cathy Hannabach interviews Christopher Ali about his new book Farm Fresh Broadband and his 3,600-mile rural broadband road trip with his hound dog Tuna.
Cathy Hannabach interviews filmmaker and media studies scholar Sandra Ristovska about the changing relationship between imagery and human rights.
Cathy Hannabach interviews Dena’ina musician-scholar Jessica Bissett Perea about building a more justice-focused academic publishing pipeline by centering Indigenous worldviews.
Cathy Hannabach interviews Priya Kandaswamy embracing permanent change and building more just social bonds in our classrooms, communities, and creative endeavors.
Cathy Hannabach interviews filmmaker and hip-hop scholar Mark Villegas about applying collective abundance to academia and life.
Cathy Hannabach interviews Kānaka Maoli feminist scholar Maile Arvin about community building and Indigenous feminist pedagogy.
Cathy Hannabach interviews Christen A. Smith, Dána-Ain Davis, and Sameena Mulla about the racially gendered politics of citation.
Cathy Hannabach interviews Liat Ben-Moshe about disability justice, prison abolition, and building a world beyond cages.
Cathy Hannabach interviews Mecca Jamilah Sullivan about the role of art, writing, and cultural production in social justice movements.
Host Cathy Hannabach interviews scholar and performance artist J. Faith Almiron about building an abolitionist future in art and education.
Cathy Hannabach interviews La Marr Bruce about his new book How to Go Mad without Losing Your Mind: Madness and Black Radical Creativity.
Cathy Hannabach interviews Kānaka Maoli food studies scholar Hiʻilei Julia Kawehipuaakahaopulani Hobart about transgenerational inspiration.
Cathy Hannabach interviews Badia Ahad-Legardy about cultivating daily inspiration, the power of Black historical joy, and interdisciplinary social change.