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Imagine Otherwise is a podcast about the people and projects bridging art, activism, and academia to build better worlds. In each episode, host Cathy Hannabach interviews creators who use culture for social justice to explore the nitty-gritty work of imagining and creating more just worlds.


This podcast is produced by Ideas on Fire and is a way to highlight the kick-ass, worldmaking cultural productions that people are collaboratively generating at the nexus of art, activism, and academia. Maybe it will inspire you to create your own.

Aug 5, 2020

How can we build accessible online courses in the middle of a pandemic?

More than just a call to reproduce in-person teaching in digital environments, this pivot to online education has a powerful potential to help us reshape higher education for the better, to ensure it embodies the racial, gender, and disability...

Jun 24, 2020

What role can performance play in racial justice struggles? How can theater help us remake the world?

The past several months have made even more urgent the centuries-long fight to dismantle the antiblackness and Orientalism that are baked into our social institutions. Such transformations are at the heart of the...

Jun 11, 2020

The mediated politics of identity have animated movements as diverse as anticolonial nationalisms, multiple forms of feminism, transgender and disability rights struggles, and Indigenous protests for environmental justice. In all of these examples, media has been a primary and deeply public means through which...

May 27, 2020

What would happen if we threw out the boundaries between academic disciplines? How would our collective histories, conflicts, and corporealities change if we stopped assuming that art, science, and politics have ever been separate projects?

Today's guest, Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, argues that the complexity of blackness...

May 13, 2020

How does cultural heritage provide us with the tools to shape what collective freedom looks, sounds, and feels like? This question and its political stakes has guided the life’s work of our guest today, Porchia Moore.

In episode 111 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast, host Cathy Hannabach interviews museum visionary and...