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Speculative Fabulations: Beneath Yaba's Garden

Ama Josephine Budge with Junauda Petrus
November 19, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Walter Library 401/402

LUNCH provided by Soul Bowl - 12:00 PM

LECTURE - 12:30 PM

Join us for lunch and a discussion by UK based, Black speculative writer, curator and pleasure activist Ama Josephine Budge on the speculative fabulation on queer archives and Intimate Ecologies in Ghana. Junuada Petrus, Dakota land born filmmaker, queer artmaker, and author of The Stars and the Blackness Between Them will give a full creative response.

I have dreamed of this forest burned to the ground and of strange tall buildings like skinny, branchless trees, with spider threads of connection which flash like lightening sparks of fire. 

This is a memory; a methodology; a story; a fabulation; a truth; an imagining; a prediction. I am working to articulate a theorisation of “Intimate Ecologies” - a form of relation acknowledging stewardship, co-dependency and an intimately intertwined mode of ‘becoming with’ the non-human which makes for sustainable and infinitely diverse possible Black futures as opposed to the singular, final, genocidal one currently carved out as the only climate changed future for Sub-Saharan Africa. Such an alternative ontological understanding might number a front-line for multispecies justice not only the mothers, elderly or choiceless that sit or stand or lie in front of tractors and tanks and fracking colonies: the few against the many, but rather a human front line interspersed and connected to the non-human frontline that is mutating insects, tidal waves, deviant seeds and hurricanes. Through such a fabulation might we commune with our queer ancestors in order to heal the present, in order to make possible our futures. 

Ama Josephine Budge is a Speculative Writer, Artist, Curator and aspiring Pleasure Activist whose work navigates intimate explorations of race, art, ecology and feminism, working to activate movements that catalyse human rights, environmental evolutions and troublesomely queered identities. Ama is a PhD candidate in Psychosocial Studies with Dr Gail Lewis at Birkbeck University of London. Her research takes a queer, decolonial approach to challenging climate colonialism in Sub-Saharan Africa with a particular focus on inherently environmentalist pleasure practices in Ghana and Kenya. 

We believe that this convening of the most talented minds in queer Afro-futurism and cross-genre Black female artivism be of great interest queer/poc students activists, scholars, and creatives.


Sponsored By:

Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Colloquium Series

The American Studies Department

Gender & Sexuality Center for Queer & Trans Life

Women's Center Institute for Global Studies 


Chicano & Latino Studies 

The Department of Anthropology

The Department of Art


The Creative Writing Program