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Personalized talks to help your audience craft vibrant, interdisciplinary careers and enact the change they want to see in the world.

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Harnessing Your Interdisciplinary Superpower

From museum curators and media executives to publishing experts and nonprofit directors, those with interdisciplinary training bring unique and vital skills to any industry. Interdisciplinary folks are naturals at building diverse networks, harnessing creativity, building powerful projects with real-world stakes, and seeing what others can't.

Cathy calls this type of training your "interdisciplinary superpower" and in this talk she explains how you can put your superpower to work building a career, a community, and a life you can be proud of.

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Podcasting and Public Intellectualism

Podcasting’s popularity has exploded over the last decade, but too few scholars are taking advantage of its public intellectualism potential. As a diverse multimedia form, podcasting allows hosts, scholars, audiences, activists, teachers, students, and broader communities to connect scholarly research to public conversations and contribute to new worlds.

In this talk, Cathy Hannabach, host of the Imagine Otherwise podcast that highlights projects and people that bridge art, activism, and academia to build more just worlds, guides participants through the cultural significance and production process of creating podcasts as public scholarship.

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Writing and Publishing Your First Book

Revising your dissertation into a book requires more than cutting the literature review and adding a new introduction chapter. It requires reframing the entire project from a student exercise to a cohesive scholarly contribution that diverse audiences will actually buy.

In this talk, Cathy draws on her 10 years of experience as a professional academic editor to teach you how to identify your book’s audience, craft a new frame, revise the argument for that audience, and find the best publisher for your project.

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Market Your Academic Book

You wrote a book! Now you have to get it into the hands of the people excited to read it.

This talk shows you how to identify and serve your core audience, build your author platform long before your book comes out, craft a social media plan and author website that reflect how you naturally connect with people, plan your book tour, harness conference exhibits and book prizes, and get the word out about your awesome new book.

This talk is based on Cathy's guide Book Marketing for Academics.


Through Ideas on Fire, Cathy also delivers workshops for university departments, professional associations, and community organizations.

Crafting a Successful Academic Book Proposal

Becoming an Academic Editor

Creating a Regular Writing Routine

From Research to Writing

Building Your Professional Community

Planning Your Interdisciplinary Job Search


Cathy Hannabach, PhD, is a book editor, podcaster, and writer who helps interdisciplinary academics turn their vibrant ideas into reality and get their work into the communities they want to reach.

She is the founder and CEO of Ideas on Fire, an academic publishing and consulting agency helping interdisciplinary, progressive academics write and publish awesome texts, enliven public conversations, and create more just worlds.

Dr. Hannabach also hosts the Imagine Otherwise podcast, which highlights the awesome people and projects bridging art, activism, and academia to build better worlds. Imagine Otherwise’s programming partners have included the Smithsonian Asian American Pacific Center, Tangle Movement Arts, and the Association for Asian American Studies.

She is the author of Blood Cultures: Medicine, Media, and Militarisms (2015), which traces the cultural history of blood as it both enabled twentieth-century US imperialism and was creatively transformed by feminist, anticolonial, anticapitalist, and queer artists and activists, and Book Marketing for Academics (2016), which teaches you how to harness your resources, skills, and time to build your author platform and get the word out about your awesome new book. Her work has also been published in scholarly journals, edited collections, newspapers, and blogs, including Cultural Politics, Women & Performance, Succeeding Beyond Academia, Social Text: Periscope, the Journal of Homosexuality, Bully Bloggers, Time & Society, Zombies and Sexuality, and Studies in Gender & Sexuality.

She received her PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of California, Davis and her BA in Gender and Women's Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

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