Ideas on Fire

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

Ideas on Fire is an academic publishing and consulting agency helping interdisciplinary, progressive academics write and publish awesome texts, enliven public conversations, and use their multimedia expertise to create more just worlds. We have a particular love for folks who bridge art, activism, and academia in the service of social change. We provide editing services for books and articles, craft indexes for scholarly books, lead the Grad School Rockstars mentorship community, deliver workshops, and produce the Imagine Otherwise podcast.

Mission: To help scholars rock their interdisciplinary careers within and beyond the academy.

Lesson 2 of our new course How to Start an Academic Podcast explains how to identify your audience when creating your show. We address researching potential audiences, getting to know them, and working with them over the long term as you grow your show.

https://ideasonfire.net/academic-podcast/

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We are really excited to let you know that our newest course How to Start an Academic Podcast is open for enrollment! https://ideasonfire.net/academic-podcast/

Academic podcasting has exploded over the last decade, allowing scholars to broaden their research's accessibility, enliven public conversations, and reshape what higher education means today. Although a podcast is a great way to do these things in any context, our current social distancing situation makes it an ideal form through which take your work public and reach a wide audience without leaving home.

How to Start an Academic Podcast is a self-paced, online course that helps you go from a great idea to a published show.

Whether you're a professor building your public intellectual profile, a graduate student developing skills for diverse career paths, a librarian or research center director forging connections across institutions, or a department chair broadening your faculty's impact, this course can help.

Image: Podcasting microphone and pop filter. Text reads: How to Start an Academic Podcast, and has the Ideas on Fire Logo and tagline, tools for interdisciplinary academics

We are really excited to let you know that our newest course How to Start an Academic Podcast is open for enrollment! https://ideasonfire.net/academic-podcast/

Academic podcasting has exploded over the last decade, allowing scholars to broaden their research's accessibility, enliven public conversations, and reshape what higher education means today. Although a podcast is a great way to do these things in any context, our current social distancing situation makes it an ideal form through which take your work public and reach a wide audience without leaving home.

How to Start an Academic Podcast is a self-paced, online course that helps you go from a great idea to a published show.

Whether you're a professor building your public intellectual profile, a graduate student developing skills for diverse career paths, a librarian or research center director forging connections across institutions, or a department chair broadening your faculty's impact, this course can help.

Image: Podcasting microphone and pop filter. Text reads: How to Start an Academic Podcast, and has the Ideas on Fire Logo and tagline, tools for interdisciplinary academics

We are really excited to let you know that our newest course How to Start an Academic Podcast is open for enrollment! https://ideasonfire.net/academic-podcast/

Academic podcasting has exploded over the last decade, allowing scholars to broaden their research's accessibility, enliven public conversations, and reshape what higher education means today. Although a podcast is a great way to do these things in any context, our current social distancing situation makes it an ideal form through which take your work public and reach a wide audience without leaving home.

How to Start an Academic Podcast is a self-paced, online course that helps you go from a great idea to a published show.

Whether you're a professor building your public intellectual profile, a graduate student developing skills for diverse career paths, a librarian or research center director forging connections across institutions, or a department chair broadening your faculty's impact, this course can help.

Image: Podcasting microphone and pop filter. Text reads: How to Start an Academic Podcast, and has the Ideas on Fire Logo and tagline, tools for interdisciplinary academics

[05/06/20]   Coauthoring or collaboratively writing with another person can be a real joy. They bring a fresh perspective and new expertise, and having someone to share the workload means you don't have to feel you're going it alone. But successful coauthoring or collaborative writing doesn't happen by magic—it takes work.

Transcript: https://ideasonfire.net/coauthoring/

If you're like us, you love a good publishing plan (color coding and all!). On the IoF blog, Jennifer Lynn Kelly explains how to set one up for your projects.

https://ideasonfire.net/publishing-pipeline

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The latest episode of Imagine Otherwise (link in bio!) features host Cathy Hannabach interviewing rockstar queer studies scholars Juana María Rodríguez and Emma Pérez. Check out their books:⁠

- Juana María Rodríguez’s Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings (2014)⁠
- Juana María Rodríguez’s Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (2003)⁠
- Emma Pérez’s The Decolonial Imaginary: Writing Chicanas into History (1999)⁠
- Emma Pérez’s Gulf Dreams (1996)⁠
- Emma Pérez’s Forgetting the Alamo, or Blood Memory (2009)⁠
- Emma Pérez’s Electra's Complex (2015)⁠

https://ideasonfire.net/110-emma-perez-juana-maria-rodriguez

Images: Covers of the books listed above

chronicle.com

5 Myths About Remote Teaching in the Covid-19 Crisis

chronicle.com Why academics must resist the urge to use the pandemic to judge the value of online teaching.

"What would it mean to treat each other from an ethics of friendship? To think of the ways in which we're interconnected, interrelated, and in community? It's that sense of taking care of each other, being present for one another, paying attention to what our needs are, and trying to imagine a world where our needs are met—not just our physical needs but our needs for connection, community, love, touch, and care." —Juana María Rodríguez on episode 110 of Imagine Otherwise.

Listen to the full episode on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, your favorite podcast player, or our website where we also have a full transcript and teaching resources: https://ideasonfire.net/110-emma-perez-juana-maria-rodriguez/

Image: Juana María Rodríguez wearing a blue shirt and silver necklace, with the above quote.

"What I'm trying to show in Forgetting the Alamo and The Decolonial Imaginary is how do we think differently? How are we going to permit ourselves to take a leap and to think differently so that we free ourselves up from these boundaries and rigidities that don't allow for people to express their differences in ways that are freeing?" —Emma Pérez on episode 110 of Imagine Otherwise.

Listen to the full episode on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, your favorite podcast player, or our website where we have a full transcript and teaching resources: https://ideasonfire.net/110-emma-perez-juana-maria-rodriguez/

Image: Emma Pérez wearing black sunglasses and a black blazer, resting her chin on her hand with a finger over her mouth, with the above quote

Our newest episode is out! Given everything that’s going on in the world right now, writing is the last thing on many people’s minds. Amidst the uncertainty, anxiety, and grief, many of our writing projects have taken a back seat to other more pressing demands.

But what if we approach writing not as a solitary distraction or a productivity demand but rather as a vital source of social support? How might the bonds forged through collaboratively writing with another sustain us through this incredibly difficult time?

Host Cathy Hannabach interviews queer Latinx studies scholar Juana María Rodríguez and queer Chicanx novelist and scholar Emma Pérez about writing as a cultivated practice built on queer intimacy and mutual support. As long-term writing partners, Juana and Emma show us what it means to truly trust someone else with our words and what it means to hold space for another over time, distance, and radical change.

https://ideasonfire.net/110-emma-perez-juana-maria-rodriguez

Image: Red and orange burst, text reads Imagine Otherwise by Cathy Hannabach and Ideas on Fire, episode 110, Juana María Rodríguez and Emma Pérez on Writing Partnerships

vice.com

How to Gracefully Ask for a Little Space—Or Just Say 'No'—During a Pandemic

Applicable in so many contexts

vice.com There’s no time like a crisis to learn to trust yourself, listen to your own needs, and set boundaries with kindness and confidence.

chronicle.com

For Would-Be Academics, Now Is the Time to Get Serious About Plan B

chronicle.com Job candidates with the misfortune to be searching for tenure-track positions this year or next will need as many career options as they can get.

Creativity is a crucial part of critical thinking. If you're not feeling your normal writing routine right now, consider playing around with more creative genres. Sometimes it's just the spark you need. Tala Khanmalek explains how.

Image: Person sits at a cafe table, writing in a notebook.

https://ideasonfire.net/creative-writing/

Setting Up Virtual Writing Accountability Systems

Writing can be lonely. Staring at your own computer screen day after day can get tedious, and the long time frame of most academic writing means that we have to chug along on projects that often go months without feedback or social validation. This can make it hard to keep at the daily writing, even though we know it's necessary to get our work done. Setting up virtual writing accountability systems allows you to get the social support and validation you need to finish your writing projects, and makes the process much more fun as well.

So how do you set up virtual writing accountability systems that fit your goals, time, and resources? Check out our video or read the blog post here: https://ideasonfire.net/virtual-writing-accountability

If you want to know more about the film industry and its relationship to the environment after listening to episode 109 of the #ImagineOtherwise podcast, check out Hunter Vaughan's new book Hollywood's Dirtiest Secret. ⁠

https://cup.columbia.edu/book/hollywoods-dirtiest-secret/9780231182416

Image: Cover of Hunter Vaughan's Hollywood's Dirtiest Secret: The Hidden Environmental Costs of the Movies with a photo of Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara from Gone with the Wind, sharing a dramatic kiss.

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Careers with Ideas on Fire: Join the Team

Calling all you awesome academic indexers and editors: we’re hiring! We’re looking to add more freelance developmental editors, copyeditors, and book indexers to our team.

Ideas on Fire is a fully remote agency so you can work from wherever you are.

https://ideasonfire.net/careers

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ideasonfire.net Careers with Ideas on Fire helping interdisciplinary scholars, artists, and activists write and publish awesome work.

"It's a huge challenge to find ways to bridge different audiences. This is the case whether you're talking about friends, family, strangers, or students who fall along different lines of environmental values and thoughts about climate change. It's not even herding cats, it's like herding a cat, an aardvark, and a blimp or something, and finding ways to get them to communicate about the same issues and to realize the mutual value in that interaction and collaboration." —Environmental media scholar Hunter Vaughan on ep 109 of Imagine Otherwise.

Listen to the episode on your favorite podcast player or our website, which has a full transcript and teaching resources: https://ideasonfire.net/109-hunter-vaughan/

Image: Hunter Vaughan wearing a white shirt with a floral pattern.⁠

We know a lot of editors and indexers are struggling right now (as are a whole lot of other folks) and want to let you know some good news: we're hiring! Ideas on Fire is looking to add more freelance academic editors and indexers to our team. We're looking for developmental editors, copyeditors, and book indexers.

Since its founding in 2009, Ideas on Fire has always been a 100% remote company so you can work from wherever you are.

Learn more about the positions and the team at https://ideasonfire.net/careers.

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Imagine Otherwise: Hunter Vaughan on the Ecological Impact of Media Technologies

"The suffering and challenges of climate change are felt very differently in different places. Usually disproportionately the suffering is felt in the places that benefit the least from the industrialization that has helped the anthropogenic acceleration of climate change and global warming. So this better world would have more transparency and accountability on the side of the production, manufacturing, benefits, and profits of technology, but also where we worked towards modes of collaboration and cross-cultural communication and exchange that helped to lift everyone up, not in ways that are imposed from the outside but in ways that really champion and value the uniqueness of cultural diversity and the environmental challenges that they face and will continue to face." —Environmental media scholar Hunter Vaughan on ep 109 of Imagine Otherwise.⁠

Catch the full episode on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, all the other podcast players, or our website—which also includes a full transcript and teaching resources: https://ideasonfire.net/109-hunter-vaughan

"One major lesson I’ve learned from my career shift is this: magic happens when institutions free their faculty and staff of the burden of having to battle for their own self-worth. When mental, emotional, and spiritual energy can be devoted to projects that actually feel good, that actually make learning meaningful for young people, that are actually true to a mission that community members believe in, capacity also increases. When I no longer have to toe the line for a system or structure that’s not actually serving me, I can just focus on doing good work." —Dr. Catherine Fung in "Finding Abundance Beyond the Academy"

Up now on the IoF blog: https://ideasonfire.net/abundance-beyond-the-academy/

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Among the many effects of the recent pandemic and social distancing practices is that most of us find ourselves spending more and more time with screens and smart devices as our daily lives move even further online. The stories we consume through these screens and the material production of our devices have complex, interwoven histories that reveal the limits of global capitalism as well as the ethical, ecological, and political importance of thinking critically about media technologies. If the relationship between media, science, and tech ever seemed abstract, our current moment has revealed how deeply corporeal and concrete it really is.⁠

In episode 109 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast, host Cathy Hannabach interviews environmental media scholar Hunter Vaughan about the role the Hollywood film industry has played in climate change and environmental degradation, the vital importance of interdisciplinary science communication in an era of uncertainty, and why building a media industry with more transparency, accountability, and intersectionality is how Hunter imagines otherwise.⁠

Listen to the episode on your favorite podcast player or our website, which has a full transcript and teaching resources: https://ideasonfire.net/109-hunter-vaughan/

Image: Red and orange burst, Hunter Vaughan wearing a blue and white shirt. Text reads: Imagine Otherwise by Cathy Hannabach and Ideas on Fire, episode 109, Hunter Vaughan on the Ecological Impact of Media Technologies

Sh*t Academics Say

If you're like most folks right now, you're staring at a giant stack of new responsibilities, upended work/life situations, and less energy than ever to get through it. Here's Alexandra Sastre's tips on how to get through the rest of the semester intact.

https://ideasonfire.net/organizational-tips-get-end-semester/

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On the latest episode of Imagine Otherwise, host Cathy Hannabach chats with Miriam Zoila Pérez, cohost of your favorite Latinx music podcast Radio Menea! Check out the episode for Pérez's story about starting the podcast with Verónica Bayetti Flores.

https://ideasonfire.net/108-miriam-zoila-perez

Image: Radio Menea logo, purple font on a light teal background

We all procrastinate to a certain degree, especially when we're feeling stuck or overwhelmed. On the IoF blog, Jennifer Lynn Kelly shares her tips on using productive procrastination techniques to create a publishing pipeline that helps you reach your professional goals over the long term.

https://ideasonfire.net/publishing-pipeline

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Our Story

Ideas on Fire is an academic editing and indexing agency helping interdisciplinary, progressive academics write and publish awesome texts, enliven public conversations, and create more just worlds. From editing and indexing cutting-edge scholarship to fostering public intellectual work and mentoring graduate students, the Ideas on Fire team can help you rock your interdisciplinary career. We provide editing services for books, articles, and book proposals, craft book indexes that ensure books get cited and talked about, help authors place their manuscripts with academic publishers, teach workshops and webinars to help folks rock their careers beyond and within the academy, give authors the tools they need to connect with audiences, provide career training for new editors and those transitioning out of the academy, and produce the Imagine Otherwise podcast showcasing the world-changing work happening at the intersections of art, academia, and social change.

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Videos (show all)

Imagine Otherwise: Hunter Vaughan on the Ecological Impact of Media Technologies
Setting Up Virtual Writing Accountability Systems
Daily Self-Care Practices for Your Wellness Routine
Imagine Otherwise: Miriam Zoila Pérez on Interdependency and Community Support
Imagine Otherwise: Meghnaa Tallapragada on Interdisciplinarity and Scientific Research
Imagine Otherwise: Rebecca Wanzo on Teaching Feminist and Critical Race Theory
Finding the Right Publisher for Your Second Scholarly Book
Imagine Otherwise: Sasha Costanza-Chock on Design Justice
What Goes in an Academic Book Proposal
Imagine Otherwise: Amy Lam on the Politics of Travel

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