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Imagine Otherwise is a podcast about the people and projects bridging art, activism, and academia to build better worlds. Episodes offer in-depth interviews with creators who use culture for social justice, and explore the nitty-gritty work of imagining and creating more just worlds.
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Episode 038: Surbhi Malik
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Episode 038 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast. Host Cathy Hannabach interviews guest Surbhi Malik. Surbhi is an Assistant Professor of English at Creighton University. As an emigrant twice displaced, from India to Chicago and Chicago to Omaha, Nebraska, she is fascinated by how we imagine place and the role this imagination plays in the direction that diasporic journeys take. Specifically her research on South Asian diasporic literature and film thinks about place as a repository not simply of individual memory or national identity but of the cultural imagination of transatlantic geopolitics. She is currently working on her book-length project titled The Diasporic Itinerary: Place and Transatlantic Geopolitics in South Asian Diaspora Cultures, which argues that place-based imagination explains the comparative mythologies, histories, and fictions of Anglophilia and Americophilia and how these forces have differentially shaped the racial meanings of South Asians. Her work has been published in Journal of Creative Communications, Journal of Religion and Society, South Asian Review, and is forthcoming in the anthology Worlding Asia: Asian/Pacific/American/Planetary Convergences. She was the recipient of an American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowship, an honor that has intensified her commitment to mentoring women students. She has also hosted radio shows in both India and the United States. This episode of Imagine Otherwise is part of Signal Boosting, a podcast miniseries collaboration between the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Ideas on Fire, and the Association for Asian American Studies. Each week during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we’re highlighting an emerging scholar who is building new audiences for the field of Asian American studies. The Signal Boosting miniseries aims to show how interdisciplinary scholars, activists, and artists are producing socially engaged work in multimedia forms, as well as inspire you to create your own.