Speculating Queer Ecologies: a creative writing workshop with writer and pleasure activist Ama Josephine Budge

An online creative writing workshop led by Amy Josephine Budge, in which we will write, read, and think queer ecologies together through the medium of science fiction.

11.12.2021 17:00 —19:30
online with Zoom platform

Online workshop on science fiction and creative writing.

Participate in a creative writing workshop led by Amy Josephine Budge in which we will write, read, and think queer ecologies together through the medium of science fiction. We’ll focus on intergender relationships and character construction, and use science fiction as a springboard to consider the politics and possibilities of placing protagonists, plots, and realities that remain oppressed and marginalized in Western patriarchal societies and gender systems at the center of the action. You will have the opportunity to play around with writing micro-stories and mapping a speculative universe, as well as discussing short domestic readings in small groups.

Ama Josephine Budge / www.amajosephinebudge.com / is a speculative fiction author, artist, curator and pleasure activist whose interdisciplinary practice carves a path through intimate explorations of race, art, ecology and blackness. Ama is a PhD candidate on the Psychosocial Studies programme at Birkbeck (University of London). Her research takes a queer and decolonial approach to critiquing climate colonialism in sub-Saharan Africa, focusing primarily on the inherently ecological practice of pleasure in Ghana. Ama is a member of the Queer Ecologies collective, runs the Apocalypse Reading Room project and is a featured artist in the MycoLective project in collaboration with Chisenhale Studios and Feral Practice. Ama has written internationally published and commissioned texts in journals such as Anathema: Spec from the Margins, The Architectural Review, Black Discourse, The Feminist Review, The Independent, Autograph ABP, Consented Magazine, etc. Examples of her work can be found here.

The Speculating Queer Ecologies workshop is for writers, writers, activists, and anyone who would love to write about something that fuels them, or change it outright, but never found the opportunity. No previous experience is necessary – people of different skin color and sexual orientation are especially welcome.

Speculating Queer Ecologies will be conducted in English online via the Zoom platform.

Please register by emailing: iu@insitutuzkosti.cz.Dva We will be sharing preparatory literature with registered participants weeks before the course.

Admission is free.

The Speculating Queer Ecologies workshop of the CHIRPING Project. AN INFINITE NUMBER OF POTENTIAL SURVIVALS, a series of lectures, discussions and workshops produced in collaboration with figures from activism, the exact sciences and the visual arts that focus on finding new forms of evolutionary processes, ecological interactions and politics from the perspective of queer and feminist theory and interdisciplinarity.

The project is realized with the support of the City of Prague, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the Municipality of Prague 7 and the State Fund for Culture.