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Episode 67, Aimi Hamraie

How has the concept of Universal Design and its application to architectural practice changed over the years? Who is left out of design practices that are meant for “everyone”? What if the design industry actually employed the people with disabilities who have been designing adaptable and accessible products for decades? Episode 67 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast is the second in a three-part miniseries that was recorded live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at a recent gathering of...


Episode 66, Sami Schalk

How does speculative fiction provide us models for more queer, just, and creative futures? How are Black women novelists helping us reimagine what (dis)ability and embodiment mean? What is missing from our conversations in popular representation, disability studies, and Black studies? Episode 66 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast is the first in a three part miniseries that was recorded live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at a recent gathering of interdisciplinary cultural studies scholars....


Episode 65, Bianca Laureano

How might we create a world where intersectional feminist, sex-positive sex education is the norm? What new avenues of liberation are opened up when we move past a theory vs. practice dichotomy in sexuality education? How can we center accountability and community responsibility in imagining a safer and more pleasurable future? In episode 65 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast, host Cathy Hannabach interviews educator and sexologist Bianca Laureano about how women of color sexual health...


Episode 64, Tavia Nyong'o

Professor Tavia Nyong'o talks about the ongoing project of Black abolition, repurposing social media platforms to create monthly political salons and counterpublics, how to live the contradictions inherent in public scholarship, and why centering queer of color joy and pleasure is key to how Tavia imagines otherwise.


Episode 63, Tina Campt

Professor Tina Campt talks about how listening to images reveals their multisensory and embodied nature, the haptic connections we have to photos, why the art/activism/academia braid holds such power for Black communities, and why putting intimacy at the center of all she does is how Tina imagines otherwise.


Episode 62, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Writer and cultural worker Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha discusses the past successes and current challenges of the disability justice movement, how to create truly accessible performance and art spaces, and why helping survivors remake the world is how Leah imagines otherwise.


Episode 61, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Writer and cultural worker Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha discusses her transformative justice memoir Dirty River, how queer brown and disabled people write themselves into history, how you can bring ritual into your writing practice, and the value of letting your writing develop slooooowly—like a sourdough starter.


Episode 60, Manuel Cuellar

Dancer and professor Manuel Cuellar talks about how queering Mexican folkloric dance lets him create the communities he wants to inhabit, how Indigenous knowledge production provides a vital alternative to traditional universities, and why embodied vulnerability and the generative power of wounds is how Manuel imagines otherwise.


Episode 59, Lynn Comella

Writer and professor Lynn Comella covers the fierce women and queers who jump started the feminist sex toy revolution, how scholars can up their public engagement game (not to mention why they need to), pragmatic advice for writing a crossover or trade book, and how feminist, fat-positive, and trans-justice sexual cultures are key to how Lynn imagines otherwise.


Episode 58, Sara Bernstein

Cultural studies scholar and writer Sara Bernstein shares why she started a digital magazine focused on fashion and politics, why public engagement and community projects are the future of education, and how becoming a public scholar is allowing Sara to imagine otherwise.


Episode 57, Alice Hom

Community builder and historian Alice Y. Hom talks about the political and personal process of starting a history podcast about queer and trans people of color, what nonprofits and community organizations face in the coming years, and how self-care and community care are at the core of how Alice imagines otherwise.


Episode 56, Elizabeth Chin

Dancer and ethnographer Elizabeth Chin discusses the simultaneous freedom, fun, and vulnerability inherent in writing about oneself, how dance is fantastic preparation for academic work, how she makes space for her whole self amidst a busy academic career, and how teaching kids how to make stuff is how Elizabeth imagines otherwise.


Episode 55, Shaka McGlotten

Professor Shaka McGlotten talks about the erotic relationship we often have to the things that we study as well as how that always necessitates both desire and loss, how students can harness the power of Afrofuturism and speculation to combat white supremacy and climate change, and how queer and trans communities of color can use voguing, drag, and what Shaka calls "Black Data" to imagine and create new worlds.


Episode 54, Yaba Blay

What racial and gender norms are baked into our concepts of professionalism? How can we push ourselves to expand our definition of what "counts" as knowledge production? What does it mean to honor blackness in all its possible forms? In Episode 54 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast, host Cathy Hannabach talks with cultural producer Yaba Blay about how beauty culture and colorism shape her publicaly engaged approach to scholarship, how being an insider/outsider in the academy allows one to...


Episode 53, Elicia Gonzales

How can we put reproductive rights in conversation with racial and economic justice? How are queer Latinx communities and other queers of color leading the field in comprehensive, queer-positive sex education? What can we do to make space for multiply marginalized people within ALL advocacy organizations? In episode 53 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast, host Cathy Hannabach interviews Elicia Gonzales about how reproductive justice organizations can better incorporate intersectionality (and...


Episode 52, Karen Tongson

What can popular music teach us about migration and cultural change? How can pleasure and joy help us redefine what it means to be a "serious" intellectual? How might the study of music and of place inform one another? What might be stimulating or even transformative about the sprawl of Southern California? In Episode 52 of the Imagine Otherwise Podcast, host Cathy Hannabach interviews writer and professor Karen Tongson about music and its relationship to place, the migratory and melodic...


Episode 51, Aileen Suzara

What role does food play in building sustainable communities? How might cultural traditions challenge us to think differently about the environment and public health interventions? What roles do cooking and culinary entrepreneurship play in social justice work? In Episode 51 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast, host Cathy Hannabach interviews chef and eco-educator Aileen Suzara her journey into professional cooking, the familial stories she has uncovered connecting land to community and...


Episode 50, Lakshmi Ramgopal

Host Cathy Hannabach interview Lakshmi Ramgopal about Lakshmi's musical journey through Indian classical Carnatic music, electronica, and Riot Grrrl; what colonial subjects under the Roman Empire can teach us about contemporary geopolitics; and how she curates art exhibits that imagine more just worlds.


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Ep 48, Yolanda Wisher

Cathy Hannabach interviews Yolanda Wisher about poetry as a community engagement practice; blending academic, artistic, and activist experiences in one's everyday work; and how building a world where everyone is able to find and utilize their gifts is key to her way of imagining otherwise.